• Jun 7th 2011 at 7:25PM
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Chrysler PT Cruiser RT/10 custom pickup – Click above for image gallery

Over the years, Chrysler has built some awesome cars, and some... less than awesome. In one corner sits the Dodge Viper, that V10-powered beast of a car that arguably more aptly demonstrated the blue blood running through Auburn Hills' veins more than anything else in the company's history. In the other, the rather unfortunate Chrysler PT Cruiser, a retro hatch that may have demonstrated some originality when it first came out, but by its demise had long since outworn whatever charm it may have had in the first place.

The solution? Why, a marriage of the two, of course! One of only two reportedly built, this PT Cruiser featured some rather extensive modifications. For one, it did away with the rear doors and hatch back in favor of an enclosed pickup bed to give it a similar profile to the Chevrolet SSR. But as you might have guessed, that wasn't the end of it. Not by a longshot.

The builders also replaced the PT's four-banger with a V10 engine from a Dodge Viper. Now, the 500-horsepower 8.3-liter engine didn't come along until the 2003MY Viper, but given that this vehicle was said to have been built in 2000, we'll have to assume it's the original 8.0 tuned up a little. Although the notion that it was built more recently – say, after 2005 when the PT Cruiser convertible was introduced – seems a distinct possibility.

Along with the engine, the builders also transplanted the Viper's six-speed gearbox, rear suspension, steering rack and more. It's up for grabs now on eBay Motors, with bids standing – reserve unmet – at $12,322 as we went to press.


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      foci
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be a great "sleeper". People would think of as a slow, uncool, wanta-be. Then a race would happen and they lose a few dollars.
      IBx27
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome! The paint looks great and that engine in that car must haul some serious butt.
      artandcolour2010
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not sure why the author feels it might be related to the Cruiser 2-door convertible. The short front doors clearly belong to a regular PT Cruiser 4 door. That being said, I think this is a really cool concept. The original PT concept, the Pronto Cruiser, was a 2 door with a foldable roof, and it looked fantastic. I think this V10 "pickup" is not only a fun play on words, but a pretty desirable vehicle. Good find!
      jcar302
      • 4 Years Ago
      No title pretty much means the bidding isn't going to go very high. Should have been built from a titled and registered vehicle. I know some of you guys will say "it's not that hard to get it registered as built from parts",but that is just speculation, and the lack of a real title seriously hurts the value here.
      Paradigm ♂♂
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's seriously something wrong with the people who run this site, "tiny trucks" are the best thing ever invented to every writer on here. You need mental help, are you Australian or something?!
      Maradiant Marketing
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh wow two of my least favorite cars decided to have a baby. Except two ugly people usually make cute children. In this case two ugly parents(cars) had an even uglier child.
      Carnut0913
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok maybe im nuts but the 8.0 seems overkill if this is still fwd then definite but otherwise an srt8 would be more than enough and not be near as heavy
      Patrick
      • 4 Years Ago
      is it still front wheel drive? That would be lame...
      bobmarley
      • 4 Years Ago
      You cant deny the awesomeness of a viper V10 in almost anything...but the modified truck bed PT Cruiser is a big downer in this case.
      EnzoHonda
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's horrible. They're doing a hot-rod of a rental from the '90s and '00s? Ew. I know the whole point of the vehicle is what's under the hood, but with the amount of body modifications required for what they did, they could have done a completely unique car that looked nothing like a PT Cruiser.
      DodgeSRT
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, that is pretty sick you have to admit! How did they fit the V10 in there anyhow??
      Gerald
      • 4 Years Ago
      Should have left the body alone. It would have made the ultimate sleeper. I guess an LS6 powered HHR is next.
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