Reviving Cool: A Chrysler PT Cruiser with a V8 Twist - An Unlikely Classic Reborn

by AutoExpert   |  10 August, 2023

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It's not every day that a Chrysler PT Cruiser makes heads turn, but this latest build is an exception. Remember the PT Cruiser? That car that was once a hit but later became the butt of jokes for its dated design? Well, it's back with a vengeance, thanks to the vision of a retired couple and the talented team at American Gasser Hot Rod Shop.

Bruce and Kay, the couple who own this unique PT Cruiser, didn't want to trade in their car for a new model. Instead, they decided to give their beloved car a complete makeover. Enter the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, a complete game-changer that transformed the PT Cruiser from an outdated relic into a force to be reckoned with.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

The swap was no small task. The Cruiser's old beam axle made way for a Ford 9-inch solid rear axle, while the front subframe and suspension were swapped with Mustang II parts. Despite the significant alterations, the owners wanted to keep the interior as stock as possible. The result? A PT Cruiser that retains all of its original interior charm while sporting a powerful new drivetrain.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

The exterior, too, has been given a fresh and sporty look. But don't think that was easy - Justin Airbets from American Gasser explains that not many aftermarket body panels fit the PT Cruiser well. Time and effort were spent making everything bolt up to perfection. The finishing touches include a full stainless exhaust, flashy wheels from Rocket Racing, and Wilwood brakes.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Unveiled at the 2023 Detroit Autorama, this PT Cruiser has quickly become a symbol of what passion, creativity, and a love for cars can accomplish. Far from being a garage queen, Bruce and Kay plan to use their reborn PT Cruiser for everything from car shows to grocery runs. It's going to be a busy summer for this once-mocked car.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

So, to all PT Cruiser owners out there, maybe it's time to rethink what's possible with a bit of ambition and imagination. This one's proof that even the most unlikely cars can be transformed into something cool.

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