Many of you older folks might want to skip over this Pick of the Day. It’s a car that might best be characterized as one of the “future classics,” the sort of car that figures to be crossing the auction block about the time your grandchildren are in a position to be bidding.
However, those of a certain age might take this opportunity to offer some historical perspective to those grandchildren/future collectors. You can tell them about how long before Chrysler became part of Fiat, it underwent a “merger” with Mercedes-Benz.
At the time, there were very optimistic expectations that the marriage would produce vehicles that combined German engineering with American design. That did happen, though perhaps only once, in the form of the Chrysler Crossfire, basically a Mercedes-Benz SLK wrapped inside a Chrysler-designed package.
“Without doubt, this Crossfire is the most affordable Mercedes you can buy,” the seller points out in the car’s advertisement. “Looking beneath the dramatic exterior sheet metal you will find a Mercedes SLK320 sports coupe in a clever but alluring and fascinating disguise.
“This 2004 Chrysler Crossfire combines its unique looks with German engineering to create one of the most attention-grabbing coupes of this century.”
By the way, the single-owner/seller promises that the vehicle is a one-owner, never damaged car garaged both at home and at work.
“This Crossfire is a fascinating out of the ordinary vehicle the likes of which you will never see again,” the seller continues. “Do you want to get in on the ground floor of classic cars with a car built for the classic status. Believe me, I’ve cared for this car and have kept it in great condition because I was aware of its promise for classic status.”
The car has been driven 67,000 miles since new and has new front brakes and battery. The owner adds that the chrome alloy aluminum wheels — 18 inches in front and 19s at the rear — were factory installed rather than an aftermarket add on.
The engine is Mercedes’ 3.2-liter V6 linked to an AutoStick-controlled transmission. The car has heated two-tone and leather-covered seats.
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