May 2, 2002
Last Chrysler Prowler to be auctioned for charity
Auburn Hills, Michigan – The last Chrysler Prowler to roll off the assembly line will be auctioned on May 18th at Christie’s Auction House in Manhattan, New York. The final Prowler will come complete with a time capsule that contains rare Prowler memorabilia including signed, original styling sketches and other unique Prowler items.
The Prowler is being donated by DaimlerChrysler’s philanthropic arm, the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund, to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) for purposes of the auction. The NMSS will receive all proceeds from the auction of the Prowler.
“As an exclusive, factory-built street rod, the Prowler filled a special niche, attracting a diverse group of enthusiasts. The last one deserves a special good-bye, and an auction at Christie’s is the perfect send-off. The fact that proceeds will go to the NMSS means that the legacy of the Prowler will have new meaning,” said Tom Marinelli, Vice President, Chrysler/Jeep Division Global Brand Center.
The final “Conner Avenue Edition” Prowler was built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit on Feb. 15, 2002. In addition to being the first and only Prowler with High-Voltage Blue exterior body paint, its other unique features include:
- a Mopar luggage trailer and hitch in the same High-Voltage Blue paint
- signatures of the Prowler Team on the vehicle’s undercarriage
- a blue “Stayfast” soft top by Hartz
- bright anodized frame
- unique body-colour hood badge
- body colour upper radiator crossmember assembly, detailed and signed by renowned striping artist Mr. Rudy Kutey, better known as “Dr. Ru”
- unique body colour shifter and instrument panel bezels
- taupe leather seats with matrix grain inserts
- agate door trim panels with unique taupe inserts
- custom-wrapped shifter knob
The Prowler first appeared as a concept car at the 1993 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Favourable response prompted the former Chrysler Corporation to unveil a production version of the Plymouth Prowler at the 1996 North American International Auto Show. Official production for Plymouth Prowler began in June, 1997 as a 1997 model at Conner Avenue Assembly Plant. With the discontinuation of the Plymouth brand in January of 2000, Prowler continued as a Chrysler.
For information on the auction, visit www.chrysler.com