Note: MetalCrafters, a Southern California company built the first Chrysler Crossfire Concept vehicle that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 2001. After the pre-production version was finalized by Karmann, this California company built three prototype cars for the autoshow circuit in late 2002. Those three cars started off as brand new Mercedes SLK.Press and public reaction to the car was so positive that just a few weeks after its Detroit debut, a team of DaimlerChrysler engineers was assembled to examine existing vehicles, components and systems. They identified those which, together with some entirely new components, could be employed to build the Crossfire in just two years. The over-riding criteria behind the selection process of the Advanced Product Creation (APC) group, within Chrysler’s Advance Vehicle Engineering (AVE) team, was that Crossfire should look as much like the showcar as possible, and perform to (or if possible beyond) the expectations that those exciting looks had generated.