Chrysler's styling boss Tom Gale and others in the corporation were hot rod fans, which should go a long ways to explain the PT Cruiser's mid-1930s inspired body and raked front end -- the latter a fairly common hot rodder practice in the years around 1950 where the victim cars were usually Ford V8s.
Alas (maybe), I was never a hot rod fan. For that reason I've always been neutral regarding the Cruiser's design. That is, I appreciate the concept and the courage required to market the car, but it never appealed to me as a potential driver (though I test-drove one once).
here. Perhaps the horizontal bars should have been given more emphasis and the number of vertical bars reduced.