• Jul 9, 2010
Sha Na Na tribute to the Chrysler PT Cruiser – Click above to watch video after the jump

Hear that? It's the lid on the dustbin of history about to close on Chrysler's PT Cruiser, which ends production today. In case you don't remember how popular the retro hatch used to be, in 2006, none other than Sha Na Na composed a song about "The Cat in the PT Cruiser," 'cause "he's where it's at."

That, and the fact that the final example being made today looks almost exactly like the ones featured in this video might just answer all of your questions about why the once maniacally popular PT Cruiser has a date with Charon this evening. Follow the jump for a look at history.



Photos copyright ©2009 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: YouTube via USA Today]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a 05 limited 2.0L. From technical side, engine-transmission really sucks. The worst I've ever seen. But I don't agree to most comments that the inside of the car is bad. Material quality is below avarage but the functionality and different design catch me. The main problem is chrysler didn't invest to PT rather than try to suck as much as possible form the car. If it sells PT with modern motor and trans and with a little bir better quality, I would buy it with the first design (after 2006 models not as original as the pre-06s). I don't wanna lost my hope, my be in near future chrysler-fiat will bring us new variant with a modern engine (diesel fiat engine would be fine). I'm from Turkey and still it is getting more attention than any car -even 100k bucks worth- on the road and you should pay 20k bucks for second hand PT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where's Bowser?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had one and was really surprised of how solid it was. The doors especially. No squeaks or rattles. For a small car it held a lot. It moved along and rode nice. How long can you expect the same car year in and year out to last. Its the the Model "T" when cars were new or the beetle. Retro has its limits. Moving on.
      timbo
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have had 2 pt's a 02 and a 06 gt. I have NEVER had a problem with ether one. The GT will run it's ass off with 245hp. and the bit it takes 40acers to turn around in one. Well that is bull, It will turn on a dime. I think it is a cool little car. It is tight and very fun to drive. I pick on little punks all the time... and laugh as i pass them....a mustang GT it aint, but then it is not supposed to be. So PT off you haters...smoke you later...

      Timbo from Ms.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thought it was a good vehicle, but how could author call it a popular car, if it wasn't selling enough to keep it in production?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So what is Chrysler replacing this with? When does the Fiat 500 come to the US? Chrysler will only have 4 cars in its lineup after this. Also, for those calling for the end of the Chrysler 300, the sales of that car in the large sedan category are pretty good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The PT Cruiser is the only truck have ever owned (technically it is a truck). I'm impressed that I can carry a mountain bike in the rear.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A few other thoughts on the PT.

      It also showed the auto industry that you could successfully market a 4-door hatchback in the US that had absolutely no off-road pretensions. It didn't even have an AWD option. That gave other manufacturers the confidence to market other small hatchbacks in the US like the Matrix/Vibe twins, Honda Fit, the HHR, obviously, and several others including the sublime Mazda3 hatch that is my daily driver. So I thank the PT for its part in that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate PT's, but I can't deny the impression they had on the automotive culture. For better or for worse, their impact opened up a niche market only shared with the HHR. For better or for worse, it's basically a Scion for older folks, and the aftermarket world has never been happier.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler contradicted their earlier statement that the PT Cruiser would be made until 2011.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not the same without "Bowser". Just not feelin it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good residence. They should have sent it off by rounding up all responsible for that turd, locking them in the factory and burning it to the ground.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean good riddance right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, the PT may not have made a very good residence, but it was a pretty cool little car.
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