A 2001 Neon, mentioned to be the ultimate automobile made by Chrysler’s funds model, is now up for public sale. It has solely 68 miles on the odometer, and seems to have been ordered with the categorical objective of preservation.
Aside from its place in historical past, there may be not a lot to set it aside from the roughly 2,224,000 Neons bought underneath the Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth banner in 1993-2004. It isn’t a high-performance Dodge-branded R/T or ACR variant. It isn’t Lapis Blue, Nitro Yellow, Magenta or any of the opposite enjoyable and brilliant colours that have been supplied within the early years. For those who noticed it driving down the road, you would possibly suppose the Shiny Silver sedan was simply one other commuter-spec compact, albeit one in very good situation, for those who observed it in any respect.
Nonetheless, based on the public sale itemizing on Bring a Trailer, the automobile was special-ordered by the Florida proprietor. Although it was delivered in Daytona Seashore, the client traveled to the Belvidere, Unwell., plant and drove it off of the meeting line on June 28, 2001.
It has some options you will not discover on an A-to-B mule, like grey leather-based seats and a five-speed handbook transmission behind the two.0-liter Magnum 4. It comes with documentation to assist its provenance, equivalent to a window sticker for $18,210, authentic construct sheets on steady kind paper, and a framed certificates declaring it’s in actual fact the final of the Plymouths.
The outline additionally mentions a banner that was hung over the meeting line because the automobile rolled off. Additionally included within the public sale are an antenna and entrance license plate mount that have been by no means put in. Oh, and slightly Plymouth sailboat emblem key ring as effectively.
Seeing this automobile, it is onerous to do not forget that the Neon started life as a enjoyable and thrilling various to Corollas and Cavaliers. For a quick second, they have been the “it” automobile and capable of command vendor markups. After the discontinuation of the Plymouth model, Dodge continued to promote its model of the Neon, and remaining Plymouths just like the Prowler and PT Cruiser continued to be bought as Chryslers.
The automobile presently sits at a bidding worth of $15,350 with 4 days left on the public sale. If you would like to personal a chunk of DaimlerChrysler historical past, now’s your likelihood.