No sooner had Chrysler announced last week that it is killing the Dodge Magnum than an old friend e-mailed asking if I knew where he could get a Magnum cheap.
"Something tells me that 20 years from now people will be wanting that car," he said.
He's right — the Dodge Magnum will be a collector's item. There will be Magnum owners' clubs holding rallies around the country. Versions of the car will be sold on eBay to the highest bidder.
They'll be saying: "They don't make 'em like that anymore."
Of all Chrysler's rear-wheel-drive LX cars, the crowning glories of the ill-fated DaimlerChrysler era, the Magnum was my favorite. It's a seriously great looking American automobile — not some imitation of a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord but a real style statement in a class by itself.
Yes, the Magnum got some of its mechanicals from the Mercedes-Benz E class, but the styling is all-American. Along with its corporate siblings, the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, the Magnum helped jump-start a revival of rear-drive cars.