Welcome to the 4th installment of will it be a Classic or Not? where I’ll bring up the question of whether the featured car will become (or already is) a classic. Give a simple yes or no answer or answer however you like. Feel free to speak your mind.
Today’s car in question is the Chrysler Crossfire which came as hardtop coupe and roadster version in limited, base, and SRT-6 trim. It was in production under the Daimler-Benz ownership from 2003-2007 and shared most of its components with the Mercedes-Benz SLK.
It came with a 3.2L V6 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission sourced directly from Mercedes or 5-speed automatic transmission which both sent power to the rear wheels. 18-inch wheels in the front and 19-inch wheels in the back came standard. The suspension? Double wish bone in the front and 5-point multi-link in the rear but it used somewhat of an antique steering system instead of rack and pinion.
The SRT-6 trim added a supercharger which gained 115hp above the 215hp in the base model, as well as a stiffer suspension, better brakes, a rear spoiler, and was available in both the coupe and roadster versions. Unfortunately, like so many Mercedes AMG cars, the SRT-6 was only available with an automatic transmission.
Prices on used Crossfires have never really plummeted and still hover around the $20,000 mark with highs in the upper $20k range and lows around $10k.
With some retro American design cues and German engineering, Crossfires are still sought after by some collectors and you’re likely to see some being sold at classic car auctions in the U.S.
So the question is, will it be a classic or not?