The Plymouth (Chrysler) Prowler is undoubtedly one of the most iconic vehicles to be produced by Chrysler Group during the 1990s and 2000s. As the vehicle to kick off the “retro” styling era, the Prowler became the “halo” vehicle for the brand as it was merged into the Chrysler brand. It was hard not to see an automotive magazine, calendar, poster, or toy lineup that didn’t feature the retro-rod at one point during that time period.
Although the Prowler started its life only available in one color (Prowler Purple), Plymouth was quick to realize the vehicle’s appeal and started producing several special edition models to take advantage of the Prowler’s status. One of those special edition models was the Prowler Woodward Edition.
Named after the most historic cruising boulevard in the country, the Woodward Edition was the first two-tone Prowler ever produced. The two-tone scheme consisted of using the Prowler Red (PRD) and Prowler Black (PXT) colors and created a special scheme that separated itself from the rest of the Prowler lineup.
While the hood, rear deck lid, and upper doors were painted in Prowler Black, famed Detroit pinstriper “Dr. Ru” hand-painted a red stripe around the lower portion of the black painted area. Dr. Ru then signed and numbered each of the 151 Woodward Edition production models, just above the rear license plate bracket. There were 2 additional pilot cars produced, without the signature.
With only 151 units produced, the Woodward Edition is the rarest model of Prowler behind the last unit ever produced in a custom High-Voltage Blue that was sold for charity.
Under that Prowler Black-painted hood, sits the lackluster 3.5-liter H.O. V6 from the Chrysler 300M, producing 253 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The V6 is mated to a 4-speed automatic rear-mounted transaxle, with a torque tube fitting between the engine and it. A similar setup was used in late-model Corvettes. The V6 and transaxle were good enough to propel the Prowler to 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 5.9 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 126 mph (190 km/h).
While that may not be impressive, the Prowler was a test-bed for the Chrysler engineering team which used about every type of aluminum known at the time to create the car. More than 900 lbs. of the 2,780 lb. roadster was made from aluminum, including the body, frame, and most of its suspension parts. The welded aluminum extrusions, castings used to produce the frame, and even the metal matrix composite brake rotors, were all innovative features on the Prowler.
This particular model will cross the auction block this Friday at the Mecum auction in Glendale, Arizona. The car features only 6,500 original miles on the odometer, is the 150th out of the 151 built, and is being offered as Lot #F270. For details about bidding, you can visit the Mecum website.
2000 Plymouth Prowler Woodward Edition No. 150 Image Gallery: