Q: I currently own a 2005 PT Cruiser GT convertible and would like your opinion on whether or not I should keep it for the future and if this vehicle has future potential as an investment car.
Q: Greg, I see your column in our local paper, and I appreciate your comments on vehicles of interest, such as the 1979 Cadillac Phaeton two-door coupe that you discussed recently. It is always great to be able to see and hear about spectacular cars from the past.
I currently own a 2005 PT Cruiser GT convertible and would like your opinion on whether or not I should keep it for the future and if this vehicle has future potential as an investment car. Please give me your advice, and thank you very much, James S., Louisiana.
A: James, I receive lots of mail like this from readers hoping to catch a diamond in the rough. However, the PT Cruiser (PT stands for personal transport), in hardtop or convertible form, will not, in my opinion, become a collector car.
First, it is a brand that experienced a near-1.5 million production run from 2000 to 2010. That’s a lot of PT Cruisers. Second, the PT Cruiser early on shared too many mechanical parts with platform siblings such as Dodge and Plymouth Neon.
However, there is no doubting the car’s popularity. PT Cruiser, with its unique car/truck style, came to market with a waiting list of buyers and was well ahead of Chevy’s HHR (which stands for high heritage roof). Ironically, both the PT Cruiser and the Chevy HHR were styled by the same designer, Bryan Nesbitt, who worked for Chrysler before moving to General Motors. Originally designed to be a Plymouth, Chrysler decided it was going to drop the Plymouth name, and all PT Cruisers have the Chrysler badge. Your convertible, meanwhile, is a rare Cruiser, as it was produced from 2005 to 2007.
Still, I feel PT Cruisers will never see true collector car or investment status, so if you are contemplating selling or trading, I would do so without worrying you might be making a mistake.
Thanks for your letter and nice words.
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