1997 Plymouth Prowler

Base Convertible
Sale Price
$30,000 - $40,000
Est. Range
1 April 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 1P3EW65F8VV300979. Prowler Purple exterior over black interior. V6 215/214hp, automatic, matching trailer, power windows, air conditioning, cassette stereo, added AutoMeter tach above the steering column.

Evaluation: Represented with 1460 miles but showing some age. The Plymouth badge on the nose has a few chips in it. The paint shows light detail scratching throughout and there are are water spots all over, so it may have spent some time outside. There are also marks behind the headrests where the hardtop sits. The seats show some wear and flat bottoms, and there is some mild dirt throughout. It really should be better presented for such a low-mile car, but a serious detailing will make a big difference, and the purple paint plus matching trailer make this the most desirable configuration for a Prowler.

Bottom Line: Sure, the $5000 dealer-optioned matching trailer is a gimmick, but it’s a fun one and it’s one of the neatest things about a car that is mostly remembered for its retro hot rod styling writing a check that its V-6 and automatic couldn’t cash. Prowler trailers are also rare, only making it to about 12 percent of Prowlers sold. Taking that and the sub-3000-mile odometer reading into consideration, this was a fair result.

by Andrew Newton
18 April 2022
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