Chrysler hints that a two-door version of the PT Cruiser may be in the works with the preview of the Chrysler California Cruiser concept coupe on Aug. 19, 2002, in Pebble Beach, Calif.
The Chrysler California Cruiser was formally unveiled at the Paris auto show in late September 2002 and gave a glimpse of the future styling of the PT Cruiser.
The two-tone California Cruiser drew some design cues from the Chrysler Crossfire sports car, which went on sale in 2003.
The two-door version of the PT Cruiser would have been an inexpensive derivative of the PT Cruiser, whose 1930s-inspired styling made it a top-seller.
Chrysler Group's first concept hinting at the Chrysler PT Cruiser was unveiled in the spring of 1998 at the Geneva auto show as the Pronto Cruizer. It was followed in 1999 by the company's most short-lived concept car, the PT Cruiser, given that the production version was rolled out within five minutes at the Detroit auto show that year.