Pick of the Day: 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Over the holidays, I published a story about my grandmother’s retro-styled purple 2002 PT Cruiser. It garnered a lot of interest in the comment section, which came as a surprise because the PT Cruiser seems to have been under-appreciated in the collector-car community all along.

The Pick of the Day is a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Edition listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Vero Beach, Florida. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Looking for a worthy new home for her as an around-town utility vehicle, a restoration, or custom makeover,” the listing states.

This seller is not alone in feeling that the PT Cruiser has special meaning and value. Following are excerpts from what some of what our readers had to say about the vehicle in December:

  • “They were very practical, versatile, and roomy cars!”
  • “Am on my second Cruiser. People used to literally yell ‘nice car’ at me!”
  • “I find the best feature of the car is the comfort of the front seats.”
  • “I own two PT Cruisers; one has over 160,000 miles and the other 133,000. And other than changing out the timing belt, which is a maintenance item, I haven’t done anything to either of them, and neither of them leak oil.”
  • “It’s been a very good car. Looks sporty, and I get a lot of comments on it.”

The PT Cruiser lived from 2001 through 2010 and just over a million units were sold. Today’s feature PT Cruiser has 169,000 miles and is still trucking along. It was ordered March 8, 2000, and delivered to its original owner on July 23 of that year. A replacement engine was installed later. Speaking of engines, the PT came with various four-cylinder powertrains ranging from a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter to a turbocharged 2.4-liter.

This Bright Silver Metallic PT Cruiser comes in “Limited” trim with generous interior options like leather upholstery, a power-operated moonroof, keyless entry, a power outlet, vanity mirrors, cruise control, and a power driver seat. The seller states, “They don’t bend metal like this anymore, and they haven’t in more than 12 years.” They go even further to state, “If they sold a new 2023 PT Cruiser, I’d be a buyer.” “PT has been very good to me. Great utility vehicle, versatile, easy to maintain.”

Based on the number of folks praising the PT Cruiser lately, this vehicle has “future collectible” written all over it. Buy one now before the marketplace catches on!

The included window sticker shows a $20,815 original retail price for this PT Cruiser. The asking price is $6,900.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.