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Chrysler lebaron parts

Chrysler lebaron parts

Chrysler lebaron parts

Chrysler lebaron parts When Lee Iacocca took the helm of Chrysler Corporation in 1978, the company seemed doomed. The company’s only modern front-wheel drive cars either came from Japan or had been developed from Chrysler Europe’s Simca business, inflation plummeted and the Middle East conflict a year later sent fuel prices soaring for the second time in a decade. Iacocca secured government loans to keep the company afloat until vehicles based on an all-new front-drive platform could reach showrooms. It was the K-Cars, which debuted in the 1981 model year, and they saved Chrysler. The LeBaron was the fanciest of the early Ks, and today’s Junkyard Gem is an example of the most prestigious 1983 LeBaron, found in a Colorado car graveyard last summer Chrysler lebaron parts.

Chrysler lebaron parts

The cheapest possible 1983 K-Cars were the two-door Plymouth Reliant and Dodge Aries, priced at $6,577 (about $19,959 in 2023 dollars). The 1983 LeBaron Mark Cross Town & Country convertible had an MSRP of more than double that: $15,595, which comes to about $47,327 today Chrysler lebaron parts.

Chrysler lebaron parts

The LeBaron name came from a coachbuilder that Chrysler eventually gobbled up, and it was used on the most glamorous Imperial models for decades. The LeBaron didn’t become a model name in its own right until the 1977 model year, when a thick layer of bling was thrown on the mid-size Dodge Diplomat. That generation of Chrysler LeBaron went out of production for the 1981 model year Chrysler lebaron parts.

The Town & Country name goes way back in Chrysler history as well. The very first Town & Country was a wooden wagon — with real wood — that first appeared as a 1941 model. In the decades that followed, the T&C name was used on sedans, coupes, wagons, and convertibles, some with wood (or ”wood”) and some without, with only wagons receiving that designation from 1969 to 1982. Beginning in 1990, the Chrysler Town & The Country name went on minivans, and that’s where it stayed in 2016.

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The paneling on this car is plastic, but it was more convincing (when new) than most of the fake wood found on Detroit cars of the time.

Convertibles made a big comeback for American car companies in the early 1980s, after much complaining and gnashing of teeth over the ”last convertible” Cadillac Eldorado of 1976 (it wasn’t the last convertible you could buy new here, even at the time). The LeBaron convertible went on sale for the 1982 model year, and new drop-top LeBarons were available all the way through 1995. Lee Iacocca himself drove an ’86 LeBaron Town & Country Chrysler lebaron parts!

Chrysler offered Mark Cross leather in many of its cars throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. The once lovely two-tone skins of this car have been thoroughly ravaged by the High Plains sun by now Chrysler lebaron parts.

The inner ”wood” is less convincing than the outer ”wood”.

The base engine in the regular 1983 LeBaron was Chrysler’s 2.2-liter straight-four with 94 horsepower and 117 pound-feet. If you got the Mark Cross package, however, your LeBaron got this 2.6-liter Mitsubishi Astron engine; it produced just 93 horses but offered a more usable 132 lb.-ft. For a brief period, ”HEMI 2.6” badging was applied to some early K-Cars with this engine (the Astron has hemispherical combustion chambers).

LeBarons with 2.6s had mandatory automatic transmissions in 1983.

Computer equipped!

The odometer reads just under 30,000 miles, but I suspect it has been flipped at least once.

The Anti-Pebble Mine sticker is of relatively recent vintage, so this car was driven even after the Colorado climate took its toll on the hood and interior Chrysler lebaron parts.

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These cars were quite rare, although this is the second one I’ve found in my junkyard travels over the past decade or so.

A very nice one can be worth real money, but this car was too far gone to be worth restoring.

Here is the most famous LeBaron Town & Country convertible in history.

Here is the second one. It was owned by John Voight, you know.

Has Ricardo Montalban lined up the LeBaron convertible? Yes, he did. Mark Cross leather was of course much nicer than Corinthian Leather.

The 1983 LeBaron was considered so exclusive in its time that it was included in the series that Alex Cox created to pitch the film project that became ”Repo Man”. Note that Otto’s name was Stu in the beginning.

Computerized robots perform over 800 welds Chrysler lebaron parts.

Lee himself appeared in some LeBaron ads Chrysler lebaron parts.

The evolution of fashion during the life of the Chrysler LeBaron through 1983.

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