N E W S FROM
AUBURN CORD DUESENBERG MUSEUM
, United States, AUBURN
ALCOA DONATES 1999 PLYMOUTH PROWLER
Alcoa, the world's largest producer of aluminum, has given a 1999 Plymouth Prowler Roadster to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, Indiana, announced executive director Laura Brinkman. Alcoa formerly used the high-aluminum-content sports car in trade show exhibitions.
The Plymouth Prowler employs aluminum, durable plastics and sheet molding compounds in innovative ways. It has an all-aluminum high-output Chrysler 3.5 liter V-6 engine developing 253 horsepower. The aluminum found in the frame and body components accounts for about one-third of the car's total weight. The presence of that aluminum reduces the weight of the Prowler to 2,838 pounds, 600 fewer pounds than without the aluminum.
The donated Prowler is from DaimlerChrysler Corporation's second generation of the Prowler that returned to the marketplace in 1999 after a one-year hiatus. The Prowler was Plymouth's stab at a two-door, two-passenger, retro-looking roadster, a concept car introduced at the North American Auto Show in Detroit in 1993. The concept was popular enough for the Prowler to emerge from a production facility for consumers to buy four yers later in 1997. The Prowler was a learning experience for Chrysler, whose staff had to give much time to engineering the car to pass government regulated safety tests.
The base price of the purple-colored Prowler in 1999 was $39,300. With its pointed nose, turning front fenders and radical bumper and lamp sets, the Prowler, reminiscent of a vintage hot rod or customized sports car, was available only in purple, yellow, red and black.
In 2001 Alcoa's Prowler was lent to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum special exhibit, "From Pioneer to Today's Cutting Edge: 100 Years of Aluminum in Automotive Technology." The exhibit of aluminum cars, sponsored by Alcoa, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was open until April, 2002.
Alcoa chose to retire the Prowler from exhibition, and then donate it to the museum, when DaimlerChrysler discontinued production of the Prowler in 2002.