A Brief History

The Chrysler Crossfire is a rear-wheel drive, 2-door sports car marketed by Chrysler as both coupé and roadster and was built for Chrysler by Karmann of Germany for model years 2004-2008.

Developed during the union of Daimler and Chrysler, the two-seater is based on the R170 platform and shares 80% of its components with Mercedes-Benz SLK320.

Having initially arrived in 2001 as a concept car styled by Eric Stoddard, the Chrysler was with further refined by Andrew Dyson before production began in 2003.


The name “Crossfire” refers to the two character lines that run from front to rear along the body sides — crossing each other midway through the door panel. Conceived during the period of Chrysler’s ownership by Daimler-Benz, the name also refers to the collaboration of the two companies.

The Crossfire’s fastback roof and broad rear fenders made for a rear end design that prompted automotive journalists and writers to compare the new car to American Motors’ 1965–1967 Marlin.

The original concept car made it  debut at the North American International Auto Show in 2001 and had the press raving about its looks. By the time of its launch in 2003 the Crossfire had changed and a  number of the the more radical styling features, notably the split screen and the light clusters had been changed to make the Crossfire meet stringent road safety standards.

During the production run 4738 right hand drive Crossfires were produced, but a more relevant question is how many are  still in circulation.

These are the latest figures the website https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk – as of 2016 Q4.

There are 2067 Crossfire Automatics currently licensed with the DVLA and 361 on SORN Certificates.

There are 1103 Crossfire Manuals currently licenced with the DVLA and 195 on SORN Certificates

There are 68 Crossfire SRT-6’s currently registered with the DVLA and 41 on SORN Certificates.

In total that makes a total of 3833 Crossfires still in circulation, which makes a remarkable 80% of the total production run.

It is difficult to see from the available data to split the Coupes and Roadsters because of the way that the DVLA have structured the datasets for the Crossfire but the population seems to have stablised since 2013.

13 Replies to “A Brief History”

    1. Hi Peter sorry no chat however all the conversation happens on our facebook group. If you haven’t already joined the group we are on facebook/britishcrossfires just ask to join and I will add you.


      John Eccles

        1. Hi Peter If we have your email address we send out a quarterly email with any planned events on it. Alternatively If you put a query on here I will make sure someone gets back to you with an answer. I hope this helps.

  1. is possible to reach Andrew Dyson? just to chat with him about his contribution. i like very much the work he did on the front. thanks

  2. Hi I have long wanted and admired the Crossfire. In fact I love it! However, I’m a tad confused as to which is the best manual model to own. I don’t particularly need the biggest engine etc. Any advice please. Are they expensive to maintain. Insure? I’m now on my 60s. Sorry I am not on FB.

    1. Hi Chrissy sorry for the delay in getting back to you its crazy times as you are well aware. There are only four models in the Crossfire Lineup. The NA (normally Aspirated) have the same engines so the only choice is either a 6 speed Manual or an automatic.

      Your next decision in either a Coupe or a Roaster. The coupe has a large boot which holds my wife’s wheelchair and luggage easily and the roaster has to lose room for the hood to go in. There are two other models which are quite rare and and that is the SRT6 Coupe and Roadster which is a supercharged engine and uprated running gear. There are only 89 left but they are rare. Hope this helps.

  3. The best car I have ever had I waited 5 years to get the right one in red automatic and I love it I drive it everywhere are yes it might be a 170 SLK engine and platform but I love it to bits yours sincerely Mr d Payne.

  4. Hi, Basically…….HELP!!!!!
    I’ve FINALLY got rid of the kids and having shaken her indoors warmly by the throat it’s been agreed I can have a toy.
    I desperately want to buy a XF but I’ve been reading and hearing some horror stories about the Merc V6 motors. Its seems that the M112 V6 was pretty good but the M272 V6 was “less than reliable”…so which engine is in the XF??!
    I’m hoping to find an XF by May this year, Man or Auto it makes no difference to me.
    Is there a ” how to buy a decent XF” or ” what to check” article I can read to help me get a right car?

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