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Where Are They Now

How the PT Cruiser Became the Dad Jeans of Cars

In between the minivan’s decline and the SUV’s surge, one of the century’s most beloved — and despised—cars experienced a brief moment of fame

A black and white photo of a PT Cruiser photoshopped onto a thought bubble.
Photo Illustration: Save As/Medium; Source: Getty Images

Do you remember the PT Cruiser? Yeah, you do: Chrysler’s po-mo hot rod with the funny name…

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Whet Moser

Whet Moser

Freelance writer/editor in Chicago. Words in Marker, The Atlantic, COVID Tracking Project, elsewhere. Author of ‘Chicago: From Vision to Metropolis.’