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I realize you guys couldn't give credit where a pentastar is on the fender, it's like pulling teeth out of an alligator on this forum. I still wonder, what do you think of the "1999 Charger" concept car?

It's almost 10 years old now as far as design goes, but it would STILL sell like hotcakes on looks alone IMO..?

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LOVE.IT.

It would have been cool to see that concept hit production with nary a hair out of place... then add a two-door and voila... instant classic. Always liked the '68-'70 Chargers.

That being said... I do like the car we got.

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That concept was awsome. Made my hair stand on end first time I saw it. :blink::D

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Chrysler has usually been very good at concepts... like the Airflite, LHX, Chronos, etc... but the translation to production has been very disappointing at times. My favorite Chrysler concept was the Atlantic... A car Chrysler should have built in very limited production for the rest of time.

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Minus the goofy gas filler cap (which looks goofy on ANY car), excellence.

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Yes, that is a very cool concept. I wish the Charger was like that instead. Much sportier looking, and a lot less chunky.

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Chrysler has a history of making awesome, feasible concepts then not following through. In addition to the above Charger:

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Out of the American Big Three Car Corporations, Chrysler probably had the most memorable and remarkable concept cars in the 1990's and this decade. I was always blown away by how great their concept cars were. I know I'm very rough on them in my posts. It's only because they show such potential with their concepts, but most of their production cars are disappointments (300, Charger, Magnum, Viper, Challenger, and Prowler are the exceptions). If just a little of the forward thinking that produced these gorgeous concepts would have been infused into their lineups, I think they would be so far ahead of the game today.

Here is a list of some of the Chrysler Corporation concept cars that I think were interesting:

Plymouth:

* 1998 Pronto Spyder

Chrysler:

* 1995 Atlantic

* 1997 Phaeton

* 1998 Chronos

* 1999 Citadel

Jeep:

* 1997 Dakar

* 1997 ICON

* 2000 Commander2 (looks a lot like the current Grand Cherokee)

* 2000 Varsity

* 2001 Willys

* 2002 Willys2

* 2002 Compass

* 2004 Rescue

* 2005 Gladiator

* 2007 Trailhawk

Dodge:

* 1997 Copperhead

* 1999 Charger RT

* 2000 MAXXcab

* 2002 m80

* 2002 Razor

* 2003 Kahuna

* 2003 Avenger

* 2004 Slingshot

* 2006 Rampage

* 2006 Hornet

* 2007 Demon

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My favorite Chrysler concept was the Atlantic... A car Chrysler should have built in very limited production for the rest of time.

I totally agree. The 1995 Chrysler Atlantic would have made a beautiful halo car for Chrysler. The Atlantic, Phaeton, and Chronos were awesomely executed concept cars that would have pushed Chrysler into true luxury territory if they would have made the jump to production vehicles. Before Daimler sunk their teeth into Chrysler, they produced gorgeous concepts like the three mentioned above. Under Daimler's "care and guidance", Chrysler produces the hideous 2006 Imperial concept. Very interesting... :scratchchin:

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I realize you guys couldn't give credit where a pentastar is on the fender, it's like pulling teeth out of an alligator on this forum.

Not really. You'd be surprised at how many Chryslers I actually like. :P

And yes, that was a wonderful concept in terms of design.

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what do you think of the "1999 Charger" concept car?

I love it ... especially the way so many bodylines resemble the '69ish Charger ... yet, it is distinctly new, too.

I still say they should've brought that to the marketplace instead of what they did produce as the Charger....

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the charger looks a little viper inspired... side by side comparison of that and the SS concept would be cool

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I realize you guys couldn't give credit where a pentastar is on the fender, it's like pulling teeth out of an alligator on this forum. I still wonder, what do you think of the "1999 Charger" concept car?

It's almost 10 years old now as far as design goes, but it would STILL sell like hotcakes on looks alone IMO..?

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I don't really know why but I get quite a Firepower vibe from this sedan.
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Not that impressed... there's really nothing special about it. I'd say the Pacifica, or even the Crossfire/Airflight, with their art deco cues, are far more original.

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I love the '99 Charger concept even more than I hate the production car. I've seen it in person and , even with 4-doors, it was near perfection. It was also powered by natural gas - a true clean-air musclecar. What's not to love? This one should have been the production car.

Another fine concept was the Chrysler Hemi-C convertible. It was production-ready and gorgeous, but DCX let it die on the vine. I'm glad the Germans are gone now, maybe Chrysler can begin to matter again.

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I never cared for the '99 Charger- something about the 'single plane' front end turns me right off. It also features a lot of body 'tumblehome', which I don't dislike, but seems dated by the '90s. I'd give it a 7 on a 1-10.

Jeep aside, it's one of my least favorite '90s ChryCo concepts, most of which I like. LHS still looks futuristic to me, Chronos & Atlantic still iconic.

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Wow! I missed the Hemi-C and Firepower when I was compiling my list. Both of these concepts were awesome and would have made great low volume halo products for the Chrysler brand. :thumbsup:

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I wish the LHS could've been the inspiration for all Chryslers. Simply a beautiful car. So sleek and expensive looking.

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One of my favorite concepts from Ma Mopar lately was the Firepower.

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I love the FirePower..it makes perfect sense as a flagship model since it's based of existing components and would be a much better cathan the Crossfire (although I like teh Crossfire name better)

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FYI, this was canceled buy the Germans because they didn't want a car a fraction of the cost of the SLR to be able to beat it...when it could. In fact the were already prototypes undergoing testing for limited production when it was canceled.

As for the Charger itself...in the end I like the one we got better...it's muscular and menacing in the way the concept wasn't...but the concept is a very handsome car. What the concept car has over the production model is interior design.

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Even today it looks modern and fresh..I would love to have seen it in the production Charger.

In fact, Chrysler can build beautiful concept interiors that looks production ready and not pie-in-the-sky...I just wish they'd make it to production.

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I wish the LHS could've been the inspiration for all Chryslers. Simply a beautiful car. So sleek and expensive looking.

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I actually don't care for the LHS or the Concorde...I never liked their sloping rear ends. I liked the more upright rear ends of the 300M and Intrepid. LHS/300M have my favorite interiors in a modern Chrysler.

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