First seen as a concept at the Detroit Auto Show in 1993, the Prowler was introduced to the Plymouth catalog in 1997. While many of the components were off-the-shelf, the whole concept showed inspiration. The engine was Chrysler’s High Output 3.5-liter single overhead cam V-6, located longitudinally at the front, with a 42LE auto-stick transmission mated to the rear axle, achieving near 50-50 weight distribution. The chassis made extensive use of aluminum, achieving a curb weight of just 2,838 pounds. Tires were 20 inches in the rear and 17 in front, giving it a desirable rake. Brakes were composite vented discs all around.
The effect was an archetypal street rod, with exposed front suspension and wheels covered with cycle fenders. Federal standards, however, required some concessions in styling, including a full-width front bumper.
Just 457 were built in 1997, and even fewer were sold. The 1998 model year was omitted entirely, with the next production batch designated as 1999s. A more powerful version of the engine produced remarkably better performance, and the exhaust was retuned for a different note. Ultimately, the last Prowlers were sold as Chryslers, and the final car was built on February 15, 2002.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
253 bhp, 3,518 cc SOHC V-6 engine, four-speed automatic transaxle, four-wheel coil spring independent suspension, and four-wheel power hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 113.3"
Source: RM Auctions