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Posted on Craiglist in Colonial Heights, Virginia is this, black over red, 46k original mile, 1985 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible the private seller is hoping to get $5,500 for. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists its “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for these cars at $1,025, $1,975, and $2,975, respectively so you’ll have to decide whether the low original mileage is worth the premium the current caretaker expects.
Under Lee Iacocca’s leadership, Chrysler came back from the brink of bankruptcy to pay back its Federal Government loan guarantees seven years early in 1983. Iacocca was on a roll and had more ideas up his product sleeve. In addition to preparing Chrysler’s innovative new minivan preparing to launch in 1984, Iacocca decided the time was right to re-launch the convertible body style for 1982. Chrysler called on Cars & Concepts (“C&C”) to design and build the LeBaron convertibles.
C&C heavily modified two-door LeBaron coupes on their way to becoming convertibles, a process that included thirty-two steps. They installed a boxed-in backbone along the center of the car and welded a three-piece windshield header to the A-pillars. The convertible top itself had a plastic rear window and broad rear quarter panels. By 1985, C&C further improved the design by adding rear quarter windows for a more traditional American convertible look as well as a glass rear window with an electric defroster.
The current caretaker states his 42,600 original mile LeBaron “runs and drives great” and that it is in “excellent condition all over.” While all of the accessories including the air conditioning and cruise control function as designed, the seller reports that despite the rear window motors running, you have to push the windows down by hand so you’ll need to address that inconvenience shortly after purchase. If you’re looking for a RADwood eligible K-Car convertible but aren’t a fan of the typical fake wood adorned Town & Country versions, this example makes a compelling alternative. Good luck with the purchase!
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