2001 Chrysler Prowler Mulholland Edition Mulholland Edition
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1990-2010 Late Model
During its 90s rebirth, the Chrysler Corporation experimented with advanced concepts that eventually became industry standards. As a test bed for production of extensive aluminum components, the Prowler said that anything was possible; and through it and the acclaimed Viper, Chrysler was all about exploring performance-based niche markets. Today, with public scrutiny at an all-time high, it’s very unlikely that such a remarkable car would ever get built. And with that in mind, it’s a sure-fire bet that future collectors will prize the Prowler. Fortunately, one of RK Motors Charlotte’s many specialties is giving you the chance to buy first rate, low-mileage collector cars before prices become insanely high. And this factory-fresh Prowler Mulholland Edition, a hand-built custom that possesses OEM quality and sports car performance, presents the perfect opportunity to own a 21st century hot rod!
Named for legendary Mulholland Drive in Southern California, this special edition drop-top is one of the first 1,281 Chrysler Prowlers to roll down the production line. Judging by its clean finish and mirror-like reflections, the car has rarely seen rain. Since all Prowlers were completely hand-built at Chrysler’s storied Conner Avenue Assembly, they typically show above average build quality. This roadster, with its narrow gaps, solid-closing doors and tight-sealing top, looks better than most cars that cost twice our asking price. And, with striking Midnight Blue two-stage and a hand-painted Dr. Ru pinstripe, the car sits as one super slick head-turner that exhibits a perfect combination style and technology!
Like all of Chrysler’s stylish 90s metal, this convertible’s killer detailing is brilliantly executed over smooth and taut proportions. At the front of the car, contrasting black bumpers hang crystal clear parking lamps just ahead of Indy-style wheels, composite, projector beam headlights and a heritage-inspired grille. Above that grille, a pointed hood centers a monochromatic, Prowler-specific emblem in front of a pristine, factory windshield. Behind that windshield, a color-keyed top hangs a glass porthole between body-matched mirrors and flared rockers that mimic classic running boards. Behind those running boards, rolled fenders feature smooth-fitting tail lights that are straight out of the hot rodder’s handbook. And at the back of the car, a trunk-mounted Center High Mount Stop Lamp illuminates two more bumpers and pristine, stainless exhaust tips.
When Prowlers finally hit the streets, many purists were upset that a V6 was the only powertrain option. What those purists failed to realize was: 1) with 253 horses and 250 lb./ft. of torque, the car’s 3.5 liter, 24-valve SOHC V6 was making virtually the same power as Chrysler’s Magnum V8s, and 2) when combined with the car’s lightweight chassis and low center of gravity, it posted some very impressive performance numbers. Mechanically, this Plymouth’s all-aluminum engine is showroom new in just about every possible way. Naturally, the mill has benefitted from basic maintenance but, beyond that, everything is essentially fresh out of the box. It certainly appears that the car has been driven often enough to keep every system in top operating condition. And, not only does the smooth sixer fire up instantly and idle perfectly, it moves its relatively lightweight payload with real authority.
Behind that buff V6, a 42LE 4-speed automatic transaxle, which features an ‘AutoStick’ gear change setting, is more of a toy than a functional performance improvement. But it fits the Prowler’s persona perfectly, and far more of today’s “real” hot rods are built with automatics than stick shifts. So, who can blame Chrysler for doing their homework and giving the public what it actually wants? That road-ready drivetrain is held off the ground by an aluminum-intensive chassis, which is equipped with an independent double A-arm front and multi-link rear suspension. Dynamic Suspensions coil-overs combine with standard stabilizer bars and power rack and pinion steering to carve curves for lunch and eat potholes for dinner. Stops come courtesy of four composite discs, which measure 11 inches up front and 13 inches out back. The engine growls a rowdy, throaty exhaust note through two fat pipes, which exit just under the rear bumpers. A bit of flash is provided by stylish chrome wheels, which spin 225/45R17 Goodyear Eagle GS-Ds in front of 295/40R20 Goodyear Eagle GS-Ds. And all that advanced hardware results in a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, making this roadster an absolute blast to drive!
Inside Chrysler’s neo street rod you’ll find a fashionable leather interior that represents drop-top cruising at its very best. At the center of the cockpit, the driver and passenger benefit from plush bucket seats that are stitched around monochromatic Prowler logos. In front of the driver, an Auto Meter tachometer is perched top-dead-center of a tilting steering wheel, which anchors redundant audio buttons opposite cruise control buttons. At the front of the car, a 150 MPH speedometer centers four accessory gauges inside a Midnight Blue instrument panel that serves as a great tribute to vintage hot rods. Beneath that dash, a short factory shifter controls Chrysler’s highly regarded AutoStick feature. Naturally, the windows, locks and mirrors are all power operated. There’s a pair of protective, “Prowler” branded floor mats. And a superb 320-watt, 7-speaker sound system comes standard with a 6-disc CD changer that’s located just behind the passenger’s seat.
It’s almost a certainty that Prowlers will continue to get more expensive. They’re an interesting footnote to a memorable period when Chrysler’s bold swagger was reflected in its cool products. On top of all that, this low-mileage garage queen is an exceptionally fun 2-seater that features a sporty V6, excellent driving dynamics and looks that get more attention than Scarlett Johanssen!