The Prowler, approved for concept in July 1992, was a showstopper in January 1993 when it made its debut at the North American International AutoShow in Detroit. In September 1994, top management officially approved the Prowler for production and it was in 1997 that the first production version of the Prowler rolled off the line at Conner Avenue Assembly in Detroit.
The Prowler salutes the great American hot rod tradition, but deliberately does so in a thoroughly contemporary manner. From the get-go, it was decided that the Prowler would be a rolling celebration of new technology and materials.
Prowlers were sold as five distinct model years-1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 (there was no 1998 model year). Nearly 11,000 Prowlers have been built in its production history, in 12 exterior colors starting with purples and ending with this final High Voltage Blue “Conner Avenue Edition.”
Many Prowlers have been pinstriped by hand at the assembly plant by Mr. Rudy Kutey, a well-known and highly regarded Detroit pinstriping artist, nicknamed “Dr. Ru.” The Prowler shown here, the very last Prowler to roll off the assembly line, received special “Dr. Ru” detailing treatment and the underside was signed by many of the men and women who work at Conner Avenue Assembly.
This Prowler is fitted with a number of one-of-a-kind features. Its paintwork has never appeared on another Prowler. A Mopar luggage trailer, also painted High Voltage Blue, is included, as well as a Prowler “time capsule” filled with period memorabilia. A special edition bright dipped anodized aluminum frame creates a mirror-like show car underbody appearance, and the body-color shifter bezel and hood badge are also unique to the last Prowler.
Just as the first Prowler began its life at the most prestigious auto shows in the world, DaimlerChrysler Corporation and the Chrysler Brand felt it was fitting to pay tribute to the model’s end of production by auctioning off the last Prowler to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The money will be used to help end the effects of this devastating disease.