Horrible Hood: 1986 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible – SOLD!
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July 14, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Classic top-down fun for three (four in a pinch for short distances) providing 20 miles-per-gallon in a convertible selling for under $5,000. The 1980s-Era Chrysler K-Car convertibles are the entry-level bargain in the collector car world. Our latest example is this burgundy over white 1986 Chrysler LeBaron convertible originally listed in July 2022 on Craigslist in Hudson, Wisconsin (Minneapolis). The seller reports their LeBaron benefits from being garaged all of its life.
Currently offered for $3,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly below the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for second-generation Chrysler LeBarons. By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the truck featured here:
As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is one hundred dollars more than this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $3,400.
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 MotorWeek RetroReview YouTube Channel features this video showing how Chrysler made 1980s-era convertibles:
Besides the white interior needing a re-dying, we would look at how easy it would be to remove the hood scoop and grille-mounted steer horns, but that’s just us. Not clear is what engine this LeBaron has fitted, but we suspect it’s the 2.8L Mitsubishi inline-four and not the more desirable 2.2L Turbo.
Here’s the seller’s description:
Keep or toss: What would you do with the hood scoop and grill antlers currently mounted on this Chrysler LeBaron? Please comment below and let us know!