Spotted: Minty Lebaron Convertible
A suspiciously clean classic of questionable merit
Back in may of 2020, I came across an incredibly clean second gen (1982-1988) Chrysler Lebaron convertible for sale. I wasn't alive back when these were commonplace, but their reputation proceeds them. I've only seen a handful of Lebarons over the years that weren't totally trashed, almost all of them convertibles. (I most recently saw a well maintained Lebaron in New Orleans).
Back to the car before us, as someone who has no prior experience with these cars, they're not bad looking. Sure, this Lebaron goofily proportioned, generally underpowered, and painfully pretentious things, but I feel enough time has gone by to appreciate them.
Gotta love the center caps aligning to the ground plane by total chance
Just look at these basket weave wheels with white walls! They're pretentious, impractical, and arguably quite tacky, but they're so of the time that we can appreciate them.
The front end on these isn't terrible. There's a lot of chrome here to distract from the relatively simple but well proportioned front grille. You could easily miss that the grille continues below the massive bumpers.
Sure, the interior has a little bit of sun damage, but the car's age simply doesn't show inside. You'd never suspect 35 years have passed since this car left the assembly line. Well, other than the tacky chrome everywhere ready to blind you on sunny days, of which we get a lot in Georgia. I've seen 10 year old cars whose interiors have suffered more from the effects of UV exposure than this. Considering most K cars weren't exactly built with longevity in mind, the car's condition is truly remarkable.
So, what's your take on this car that has become a cultural icon for better or worse. Are you ready to change your name from Kitty to Karen and trade your MG for a [b r o w n] Chrysler Lebaron? I'm not sure I'm ready to take the leap, but I love seeing generally unloved older cars that have clearly been loved and cared for.
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