February 15, 2002 – The last Prowler

Chrysler rolled out the Plymouth Prowler concept in 1993 as a follow up to Dodge Viper, which had gone into production the year prior. The concept, influenced in part by famed hot rod builder Chip Foose, garnered enough attention that it was put into production in 1997. The first year Prowler featured a V6 engine that produced just 214 horsepower. Following a one year hiatus the Prowler returned for 1999 with an upgraded V6 putting out 253 hp that was coupled to a four speed, rear mounted semi-automatic transmission. When Plymouth went defunct in 2001 the model was rebadged as a Chrysler until the last one rolled off the assembly line on this day in 2002, bringing total production to 11,702. The Prowler is often given credit for initiating a trend in retro automotive styling. The Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chevrolet HHR and SSR, Dodge Challenger and the next generations of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro all followed the introduction of the Prowler. 1999 Plymouth Prowler by Greg Gjerdingen CC2.0 https://flic.kr/p/nAzgQq1999 Plymouth Prowler by Greg Gjerdingen CC2.0 https://flic.kr/p/phoaBC

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