Walking around town today, I came upon this Chrysler Crossfire coupe. These cute little sports cars were built on the first generation Mercedes Benz SLK platform, from 2004-2007, and in my opinion, one of best fruits of the now-dissolved Daimler-Chrysler merger. The enthusiast press was never thrilled with the Crossfire, and I've never driven one personally, but I find them very desirable. I've had a small one at home for several years, and in the same color as this real one! (OK, truth be told, I have a few Crossfire scale models in various colors, lol). The name Crossfire came from the side swage line just below the window line. It changes from a convex line to a concave one and at the point it changes, just about midpoint on the door, was deemed to be the "crossfire." Some say the name also referred to the two company's rather strained "cooperative" effort, lol. The Crossfire was built in Germany, by the famed Karmann body builders, and was eventually also available as a soft-top convertible.
• For more on the Crossfire, click over to Wiki.
• The gallery I showed my work in for almost a year, in 2007-08, was in the pale yellow building in the center of the photo of the rear of the Crossfire, Sweet Janes' Gallery. It was owned by two local artists named Jane, and they gave me a lot of exposure, the first gallery to do so.
My 1:24 scale model Crossfire by Motor Max, ©2003. I must have bought this just after the Crossfire was introduced. Or the Chinese company got the copyright date wrong, lol.