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PT Cruising into history

PT-f Chrysler plans to make the last PT Cruiser on July 9. The vehicle was hard to come by when it debuted in 2000, such was the consumer frenzy that was surrounded it. Devotees still have a Web site:

And who can forget the local connection to the Cruiser craze via an expensive crash test?

The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration struggled to get its hands on a new Cruiser, and ended up paying Delia Car Co. in East Aurora $10,000 above sticker price for one of them. Ten years ago this month, federal officials slammed the vehicle into a wall in a Cheektowaga facility, to see how well it would perform in a head-on crash.

The vehicle earned mixed results from the crash test, but it went on to win North American Car of the Year honors a few months later.

-- Matt Glynn

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