Lot 317 - 2001 Plymouth Prowler
|Odometer reading||5,900 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £27,000|
The design of the Prowler was said to have been inspired after Chrysler engineers were given free reign to create whatever they wanted in a 'hot rod' or 'sportster' type vehicle. One of the most striking design features of the Prowler is the open, Indy racer style front wheels. Although he is officially un-accredited, car designer Chip Foose's Chrysler sponsored senior project car at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, which he dubbed the 'Hemisfear', evolved into the Prowler. The Prowler featured a power train lifted from Chrysler's LH-cars, a 3.5 litre single overhead cam V6 24 valve engine producing 214hp at 5850rpm. For the 1999 model year the engine was replaced with a more powerful 253hp at 6400rpm version of the engine. Both engines were coupled to a four speed automatic transmission. This was located at the rear of the vehicle and joined to the engine by a flexible driveshaft that rotated at engine speed, an arrangement similar to that used by the Porsche 944, and helped to facilitate a desirable 50-50 front-rear weight distribution. The Prowler was the first rear-wheel drive Plymouth since the 1989 Plymouth Gran Fury. While criticized for featuring a V6 only, Chrysler's High Output had a horsepower rating similar to (or higher than) the company's magnum V8s of that era. While not making nearly as much torque as a V8, Prowler's light weight translated into very impressive performance figures, including off-the-line acceleration. The car prominently featured aluminium in its construction, chiefly in the chassis. In many cases, the components were adhesively bonded. The body was produced in Shadyside, Ohio, and the car was assembled by hand at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
This particular example was declared registered overseas in 2000 and then subsequently registered in the UK on the 9th August 2001. Described by the vendor as being great to drive, this Plymouth Prowler is finished in stunning red, with a contrasting grey leather trim. Automatic transmission contributes towards making this the ultimate alfresco cruising machine. Supplied with a V5 document and a current MoT test certificate, this represents an opportunity to purchase a rare and stylish sports car.
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