Pristine: 1988 Chrysler LeBaron Turbo Convertible – SOLD!
June 4th Update: When we featured this low mileage and extremely clean 1987 LeBaron Turbo convertible just last week, we were very surprised by the amount of positive comments we received about this car on our social media channels. Not surprisingly, this car did not last long as the seller has already deleted their listing from Craigslist indicating they sold their LeBaron quickly!
While convertible enthusiasts rejoiced when Chrysler reintroduced convertibles to the American marketplace in 1983, the removal of the K-Car roof was an after thought. All that changed when Chrysler launched the second generation J-Body based LeBaron convertible for 1987. This is one of the few cars everyone agreed actually looked better as a convertible than its coupe sibling. So stunning was the new design that a highly modified bright red over dark gray leather example paced the Indy 500 that year with Carroll Shelby at the wheel. While Chrysler never offered a pace car edition of the ’87 LeBaron, this pristine 1988 example we came across on Craigslist in South Weymouth, Massachusetts carries the exact same color combination and aluminum wheels. Checking the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their LeBaron priced above the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,349, $2,699, and $4,019, respectively so the premium requested is for the low mileage (only 85K) and rust-free original condition.
After discontinuing the first generation LeBaron coupe and convertible in 1986, Chrysler released a new LeBaron for 1987, built on the J platform (a K platform derivative) and available as either a coupe or convertible. The all-new LeBaron looked modern and aerodynamic compared to its boxy predecessor and was quite stylish for its day, featuring headlights hidden behind retractable metal covers and a waterfall grille, steeply raked windshield, full-width taillight lenses though only the edges actually lit up, and curved “Coke bottle” style rocker panels. The LeBaron was equipped with a trip & fuel economy computer and full instrumentation. When equipped with the optional 2.2 Liter Turbocharged inline four such as the example featured here, LeBarons provided sporty performance. Here’s a video from the King Rose archives showing an example in the same color combination being put through its paces:
As a prior owner of an ’86 LeBaron GTS, the four-door hatchback version of this car, I can attest the bucket seats in this car are among the most comfortable I have ever sat in and they rate right up there with Porsche’s typical offerings. If you like to deatil and show a classic car, this LeBaron has the unique ability to get you noticed at both RADwood and Antique Automobile Club of America (“AACA”) events and all while doing it at a very affordable price. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Up for sale is a PRISTINE piece of 80’s Americana. This beautiful Lebaron convertible is from Oklahoma. Never seen snow and always garaged. It’s condition is amazing and shows it’s pride in past ownership.
It’s the Premium model so that means it’s fully equipped with full power options. FULLY OPERATIONAL DASHBOARD DIGITAL displays and the iconic 2.2 liter TURBOCHARGED engine. Recent mechanical work includes a new cylinder head, gasket, timing belt, tune-up, fluid changes, brakes and tires. Everything works. The car really needs nothing to speak of.
If you are looking for a reliable, fun and cool 80’s convertible you’ll be hard pressed to find better. I’ve been buying and selling these cars for since they were new and I haven’t seen one this nice in 20 years. I purchased this to keep in my personal collection but garage space dictates otherwise.
Serious inquiries only, please. I will entertain REASONABLE offers but will not respond to low ballers. I also don’t need help selling so don’t waste your time contacting me. Thank you!“
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