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2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster

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As my Dad and I walked through this year's Chicago Auto Show, a car lovers heaven with shiny beautiful cars as far as I could see, this pale yellow roadster filled my vision…"it looks pretty" I said to Dad, "but what is it?"

"A Chrysler Crossfire" he told me, ok but what is a Chrysler Crossfire? Here was a cool looking car that never even made a blip on my radar… but it sure looks pretty.

After a little investigation I was told by a cynical old car writer (aren’t they all? ) that the Crossfire is a progeny of the “Merger of Equals” or the marriage or takeover…between Chrysler and Mercedes, which one depends on who you ask… but anyway, to actually learn about the Crossfire I read TACH's senior editor Carey Russ' review of the Crossfire below is an excerpt.(For the complete review Click Here)

“The Roadster was planned from the inception of the Crossfire program, and was developed in tandem with the Coupe. As with the Coupe, the Roadster is a product of both sides of the DaimlerChrysler combine, styled in the U.S. by Chrysler, based on the first-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK and assembled by Karmann in Osnabrueck, Germany. The SLK platform is eminently suitable for drop-top use - the original SLK was the first modern convertible with a folding metal top, after all. The Crossfire Roadster's power folding cloth top fits neatly into the space as the SLK's metal top disappeared into.”

I couldn’t say it better myself in fact I couldn’t say that at all, what I can tell you is that it looks pretty cool and all of the high tech stuff and German handling makes it a car that any gal would be happy to drive…but I guarantee that 9 out of ten female car buyers never even heard of it …until now…hey Chrysler, what a mistake!