One Owner: 1986 Chrysler LeBaron Turbo Convertible – $4,900
While Chrysler’s various K-Car alternatives equipped with either the standard Mopar 2.2 or Mitsubishi 2.6 Liter weren’t much to write home about, models optioned with the 2.2 liter Turbo I such as this 1986 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible currently listed here on Craigslist in Monroeville, New Jersey actually provided decent acceleration. The private seller lists 62,000 original mile LeBaron as “one owner” for the asking of $4,900, so we’re not sure from the brief description whether that’s him. Researching the NADA Guides Collector Car Online Valuation Tool confirms that while the private seller’s asking price of $4,900 falls above the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,200, $2,309, and $3,600, respectively, this is one of the nicer LeBaron convertible examples we’ve come across. If you are serious about buying this LeBaron Turbo convertible, you can start the conversation only by calling Dave at (856) 358-0871 and when you do please remember to mention you saw his LeBaron featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
As part of its rebuilding plan, for 1982 Chrysler moved the LeBaron brand from the aging rear-wheel-drive platform to the contemporary front-wheel-drive “K” platform, where it became upscale brand’s lowest priced offering. Part of the launch included a convertible version, bringing to the market the first factory-built open-topped domestic vehicle since the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado. While the early convertibles featured only door side windows and a plastic backlight, by 1984 convertible production was brought back in-house and featured rear quarter windows and a glass convertible top window that gave the interior a more open feel. Also introduced in 1984 was Chrysler’s 2.2 Liter Turbo I engine. By 1986 this engine featured electronic fuel injection and a computer controlled waste gate which provided 146 horsepower and a 168 foot-pounds of torque. While that doesn’t sound like much today, keep in mind the Mustang 5.0 Liter of the period managed only 200 horsepower.
The white over burgundy leather is a classic convertible color combination that based on the pictures provided appears to remain well preserved. Having owned an ’86 LeBaron GTS four-door-sedan with this engine, it was a lot of fun mashing the accelerator just to hear the Garret T03 turbocharger spool up. Selecting the turbocharged powertrain combined with the leather interior easily had this car pushing $20K when new. This is a great way to enter the collector car hobby on a budget as parts are plentiful and the 2.2L turbo responds well to performance upgrades. Given the parade of K-Cars we witnessed and RADWood East last year, you will be welcomed with open arms to those events as well any Antique Automobile Club of America (“AACA”) Touring or Judging event. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s brief description:
“If you see this ad, it is still available….
This is a 1986 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible 2.2 turbo engine w/ 62,000 miles all original, one owner. Top Works perfectly.
I do not text or email……..￼Please call the phone number in the photos!!“
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