The last Prowler is produced by DaimlerChrysler on Feb. 15, 2002, in Detroit.
The aluminum-intensive Prowler first appeared at the 1993 Detroit auto show as a concept. In addition to being a test bed for uses of aluminum, the Prowler was designed as a draw for Plymouth, then-Chrysler Corp.'s longtime value brand.
Enthusiasts urged Chrysler to build the Prowler and the car debuted as a Plymouth in July 1997. With the demise of Plymouth in January 2000, the Prowler was rebadged as a Chrysler. Over time, Prowler output totaled 11,676 with annual output peaking in 2001 at 3,002.
The Prowler featured a 3.5-liter 24-valve sequential multipoint electronic fuel injection, 60-degree single overhead cam, all-aluminum V-6 engine that produced 253 hp at 6,400 rpm and 255 pound-feet of torque at 3,950 rpm. The car's electronic four-speed rear-wheel-drive automatic transaxle featured an AutoStick shifter, allowing the driver to shift gears by tapping the gear lever.
With the demise of the Prowler, the Chrysler brand's new halo car became the Crossfire, which made extensive use of Mercedes-Benz components -- including the engine -- and was assembled in Germany by Wilhelm Karmann.