The income achievement of the retro-ized Volkswagen New Beetle in 1998 caught Chrysler’s focus, which led to the huge-advertising PT Cruiser for the 2002 product yr. GM, with a prosperity of amazing-hunting machinery in its heritage, leaped onto the nostalgia bandwagon by planning a late-1940s-fashion sedan shipping and delivery system for the Chevy Cobalt system (the PT Cruiser lived on the Neon platform). This was the HHR, and creation ran from the 2006 as a result of 2011 model years. A 5-speed handbook transmission came as conventional equipment on the HHR, but just about every single a single offered in the United States looks to have been outfitted with the optional 4-velocity automated. Here’s just one of individuals unusual 3-pedal autos, found in a Colorado Springs lawn.
The computerized additional $1,000 to the cost of the $18,720 HHR LS, which was about $500 a lot less than the (inflation-modified) cost of a 2-pace Powerglide vehicle in the Chevy wagons of 50 decades earlier. You’d think that the relative cheapness of the handbook would have resulted in plenty of takers between HHR buyers— this was the circumstance with the PT Cruiser— but it took me a lot of months of junkyard hunting to find this sort of a vehicle. Most likely the 5-speed HHRs are so fulfilling to drive that owners keep them lengthier.
I’m usually on the lookout for these exceptional handbook-transmission autos when I am prowling the junkyards, and I’ve managed to place such oddities as a 5-pace Dodge Caliber, a 5-speed Mercury Mystique, a 5-speed (non-SHO) Ford Taurus, and a 5-velocity Toyota Previa All-Trac more than the years. I’m nevertheless on the lookout for a 21st-century Camry with a manual transmission, with out good results.
It has come to be stylish to dislike the PT Cruiser in current years, but the nostalgo-Chrysler sold very properly for years and it took right up until the early 2010s right before they started out displaying up in the low-cost U-Wrench boneyards in significant quantities. The HHR followed a similar, if shorter, trajectory and is commonplace at these types of yards now.
This “truck” was a Cobalt underneath the skin, with all of the pluses and minuses of its car sibling. The modern day and reliable Ecotec engine was a single of the HHR’s pluses this 1 is the 2.2 rated at 149 horsepower. Consumers could get an HHR SS for 2009, which made available a screaming 260 horsepower. I never count on to see an SS in a position like this for at the very least a number of far more decades.
2009 was a rough yr for The Standard, and sales of the HHR experienced plunged from their good 2006-2007 amounts. Nonetheless, optimism remained.