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 Naumann’s Prowler  collection includes a go-kart version, a battery-operated version and several smaller iterations — all painted High Voltage Blue. He often tows the go-kart behind his full-size  Prowler, and lets kids try it out at local events.

Naumann’s Prowler collection includes a go-kart version, a battery-operated version and several smaller iterations — all painted High Voltage Blue. He often tows the go-kart behind his full-size Prowler, and lets kids try it out at local events.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Behind the Wheel: Prowler collection includes one in every size

By: Jennifer Sigouin | C&G Newspapers | Published August 9, 2019

 Berkley resident Jerry Naumann’s collection of Prowlers  ranges from a version as small as a quarter to a full-size car.

Berkley resident Jerry Naumann’s collection of Prowlers ranges from a version as small as a quarter to a full-size car.

Photo by Deb Jacques

Photo by Deb Jacques

Photo by Deb Jacques

Jerry Naumann, of Berkley, is a longtime fan of the Plymouth Prowler — so much so, that he has one in nearly every size. 

His collection started in 1999 when he purchased a go-kart version of the hot rod, which was all he could afford at the time. 

“I said, ‘Look, I bought myself a Prowler,’” he said jokingly.

A few years later, in 2002, he leveled up his Prowler game and bought a full-size version. 

“I would tow the little Prowler behind the big one” at events, he said, noting that he lets kids try out the go-kart, and he often hands out toy versions of the car to young fans. 

He didn’t stop with just two Prowlers, though. Over the past few decades, Naumann has amassed a collection of about 16 Prowler replicas of various sizes — and he’s had them all painted in his preferred color, High Voltage Blue. 

“Before you knew it, I had a whole shelf filled in my office,” Naumann said. 

His smallest Prowler is about the size of a quarter, and the iterations get bigger from there. He has Matchbox-sized Prowlers, a small battery-powered version, a pedal car and other sizes in between. He has also purchased two more full-sized Prowlers — one painted black and one that’s a matte black, which he referred to as a “rat rod” style.

“Every age group, I’ve got something for them to have fun with,” he said. 

Naumann said that growing up near Woodward Avenue played a role in his love for cars. 

“Cars have been in the blood for generations in my family — especially hot rods,” he said. 

Naumann added that he’s always been attracted to the Prowler because he loves the styling and because it’s a “turn-key hot rod with a warranty,” which doesn’t require much work or customization. So far, he’s put 120,000 miles on his original full-sized Prowler, and he’s taken it to “most states east of the Mississippi.” He also continues to show it off at local car events and cruises — with the go-kart version in tow, of course — and he gets plenty of thumbs-ups, as well as photos and videos taken by onlookers. 

“I just enjoy taking the car and letting people see it,” he said. “People love getting in the go-kart. Hopefully they remember that for life.”

When he’s not driving his Prowler, Naumann also makes the rounds with his upside-down and backward van, which has become a crowd favorite at local cruises.   


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