Comes Around: 1987 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Wagon – $2,500

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Some wagons will enjoy near universal appreciation for their role in ferrying numerous kids and dogs around town in the late 80s and early 90s, and the fake woodgrain-clad Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country wagon is one of them. Take this example here on Craigslist in Monterey, Massachusetts that has survived with seemingly no corrosion issues to sort out but in need of some mechanical work before it returns to the carpool lane anytime soon.  A bad crank bearing has rendered it a boat anchor, but the seller is adamant it should be brought back to life.  The NADA Classic Car valuation tool can’t be interpreted one hundred percent literally due to not pricing out non-running cars, but it does claim that an example in “Average” condition should sell for about $3,000 – is this non-running wagon priced fairly at $2,500? Contact the seller via email here if you want to find out more.

Selling a non-running project that’s otherwise in fine condition can prove a challenging situation for buyers and sellers. On one hand, the seller is justified in asking that the price paid be fair considering the specimen is otherwise in excellent shape. On the other hand, the buyers know full well what they’re getting into and the likelihood of costs well above the purchase price to put the car back together. The Town & Country models offered by Chrysler in the 1980s were decently appointed cars, with acres of leather and fake woodgrain, which certainly gave off the air of exclusivity. However, despite the company’s lofty ambitions, the front-wheel drive K-platform never really challenged the offerings from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, even with its high-zoot appointments. This didn’t stop the K car family from being a successful model, and today, they stand out as representative of an era when turbos and wood paneling went hand in hand.

This is actually the second time we’ve featured this very car.  Early followers of GuysWithRides.com may recall we first featured this same car last July when the original owner had it listed for $4,500.  Based on the story provided below, the new and current caretaker enjoyed the car thoroughly late last year until the engine spun a crank bearing, rendering it inoperable.

The seller is absolutely correct to try and re-home this broken Town & Country rather than parting it out or letting it rot in his driveway. The listing notes that despite residing in Western Massachusetts, the seller found it as a summer car that spent the fairer weather months at a cottage in Maine. With a promise that it never saw the roads during New England’s typically brutal winters, that alone can make this Town & Country worth restoring given how few are left that escaped such a fate. Before the mechanical failure that rendered it a paperweight, the seller installed a new brake master cylinder and brake booster, along with two new tires. While it should be restored back to good health, the asking price may be a tad ambitious for a project. Good luck reviving this long roof icon if move forward with a purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This 1987 LeBaron Town & Country is a great project car. As you can see, the exterior and interior are in incredibly good condition. It has never been on the road during a New England winter and has very minimal rust along the bottom edge between the tires. The car was inspected in July 2019 and fully functional through November 2019, when the engine’s crank bearing got spun. It has been off the road since then. Currently, the car does not start.

I so enjoyed driving this car and wish I had the skill to fix it. I want to sell it to someone who will enjoy it as much as I did!

What else do you need to know? The car is originally from New Jersey (1st owner) and then spent most of its life garaged at someone’s summer home in Maine (2nd owner). I purchased it in July 2019 and had a new master brake cylinder and brake booster installed. I also bought two new tires. Other things: the AC does not work, the driver’s side electric window is sluggish, the small light bulb behind the gear shift display is burned out.”

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