The Plymouth Prowler is one of those cars I''m glad an automaker had the guts to build. Radically different from everything else on the road, then and now, it was hot-rodding elevated to an OEM level and filled with technology. Today, they remain a known quantity and the market is starting to respond to the last of the Plymouths, as cars like this 2001 Prowler are seeing slow but steady increases in value. Prowler Orange is one of the better choices on the swoopy 2-seat roadster, vivid and perfect for the period in which it was built. Showing just 35,189 original miles, this nicely maintained Prowler has an iridescent glow that makes the most of the dramatic bodywork. As a study in aluminum construction techniques, the Prowler''s lightweight skin is a mixture of aluminum and composite materials, but the shape is part early hi-boy roadster and part 21st century sleek. Fit and finish are superb, given the virtually hand-built nature of these cars, and thanks to more than a decade of careful ownership by enthusiastic owners, it still shines like it was on the showroom floor. There''s obviously no sign of damage or rust, and you''d be hard-pressed to find a hot rod at this price that fits together this well. The doors open and close easily, the pointed hood fits right, and you''ll never get tired of watching the front tires do their thing. Things like the Xenon headlights, flush-mounted taillights, and composite bumpers all give the Prowler modern car functionality, albeit with a retro style. The interior is as beautifully finished as any custom rod you''ll find. With supportive black leather buckets and every creature comfort you could imagine, this car really was engineered for the daily grind. The all-black interior shows a few signs of age and use, but you won''t find another 2-seat roadster with this much style that works this well. A color-matched center instrument panel is obviously a tip of the hat to the past, and is filled with white-faced gauges, as is the custom with performance cars. There''s also a column-mounted tach and a trick Auto-Stick shifter that makes the most of the 24V V6 and 4-speed automatic powertrain. A/C, power windows and locks, and a thundering stereo with speakers behind the seats and a 6-disc CD changer mean that you can take this car anywhere without worrying about dressing for the weather, particularly with a neat-fitting black canvas top that seals up extremely well. Chrysler''s corporate 3.5-liter 24-valve V6 was the engine of choice in the Prowler, and with 253 horsepower on tap in a lightweight package, performance is entertaining. It''s a snug fit under the pointed hood, but they did take pains to make it easy to service and the big intake manifold up top has a definite hot-rod vibe going on. It''s also quite reliable and parts are readily available, making it a no-issues car that can be driven cross-country without a second thought. The 4-speed automatic transmission feeds the rear wheels, and the suspension is fully independent, making the Prowler an agile handler as well. Big disc brakes are a design element inside those stylish chrome alloy wheels, which wear 225/45/17 front and giant 295/40/20 Nexen radials. Go ahead, indulge yourself. You know you''ve always wanted a Prowler, and now is a smart time to buy. They won''t be getting any more affordable and most of the good ones are already in top collections. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.