Better Than New: 1999 Plymouth Prowler – Sold!
February 13th Update: one month later since we first featured this 1999 Plymouth Prowler the current caretaker states is “better than when new” on January 9th, the current caretaker posted an updated listing with the same asking price. Prowlers are a rare sight to begin with, and the orange hue this example features is even rarer. Good luck with the purchase!
During the ’90s under the direction of Tom Gale, Chrysler displayed an innovative car design swagger the likes of which will never be replicated. This domestic automotive renaissance at Chrysler produced several car naysayers said could never be built, the most radical of which was the Plymouth Prowler such as the example listed on Craigslist in Old Bridge, New Jersey where the private seller is currently asking $27,500 for it. Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide shows the current caretaker has his Prowler priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $35,000 and the #2 “Good” estimate of $22,900.
When Chrysler engineers were given free rein to design a modern hot rod. Chrysler’s design and international director Tom Gale said, “his love for 1930s-era hot rods inspired the retro-styled Plymouth Prowler.” Gale, who has a hotted-up 1932 Ford in his garage approved the hotrod-inspired Plymouth Prowler as a follow-up to the equally stunning Dodge Viper. Not well known is the fact that the design was inspired originally by a retro roadster concept penned by Chip Foose during his earlier days before he was a household name.
While the open-wheel design and all-aluminum construction represented out-of-the-box thinking, the rest of the car’s styling left a bit to be desired and the use of a 3.5 liter V6 and automatic transmission powertrain disappointed many potential buyers who felt the car deserved a V8 in order to be a true Hot Rod. That combined with a hand-built price tag hovered around $40,000 (about $61,000 in today’s dollars) ended up limiting the Prowler’s production to only 11,702 units between 1997 and 2002.
We like this Prowler as it’s the first we’ve ever seen in orange and the color works very well. The addition of coil-over shocks likely improves the ride over stock and a modern radio is a welcome upgrade. If you want the look of a street rod but prefer the reliability of a PT Cruiser, this is likely car your garage. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Better than new-New parts include;4 tires-convert.top(oem)-alden adjustable coil-overs-drilled&slotted rotors-belts&hoses-thermostat-air filt.-oil filt.-fresh oil-trans filt.&fluid-battery. Upgraded radio-JVC kdaux33exad-plays cd,dvd,etc. A garage kept beauty that really turns heads. Fun to drive.Fresh NJ inspecton sticker. All offers made in person with cash .“
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