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Wheels in the grass

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1980 Chrysler LeBaron, Olean, N.Y.

1980 Chrysler LeBaron, Olean, N.Y.

This somewhat rare 1980 Chrysler LeBaron two-door was spotted in a front yard on one of the numbered streets of Olean’s west end. It looks pretty good for its age, doesn’t it? The license plate frame reveals it was purchased at Marra Bros. Chrysler in Olean, one of the stores which closed in Chrysler’s recent dealer cutback. Back in the old days, when even I was young, the nameplate “LeBaron” on a car meant its owner had arrived. In the late 1970s and on into the ’80s, the LeBaron’s owner may have gotten to where he was going, but it had nothing to do with having arrived. The new LeBaron, a name once reserved for the top-of-the-line Chrysler Imperial, was now Chrysler’s entry into the mid-size sedan market. In four-door form these Chrysler LeBarons, from 1977-81, were a mainstay of police departments all over the U.S., albeit mostly in the very similar Dodge Diplomat guise. By 1982 the LeBaron had morphed into the somewhat gaudy Fifth Avenue.

How about a little BLING, Scarecrow? The 1980 Chrysler Lebaron LS Limited

How about a little BLING, Scarecrow? The 1980 Chrysler Lebaron LS Limited

...from the brochure

...from the brochure

  • George Milton

    i also have a 1980 Chrysler LeBaron. More of a collectors car. The inside is nice but thats about it.

    • Jim Corbran

      I’ve always favored the look of the two-doors over the padded-top Fifth Avenues which came along later.

  • Jimmy Pierce

    And this reporter’s very long-time relationship with Steve Pigeon doesn’t color his reporting??? I’ve noticed that for a long time now, Tony.

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    • ljjr2112

      Let’s not leave out the mike hudson payment to change the cover of the reporter. And with Paul Cambria involved,We don’t have to guess that Tom Golisano is behind the scenes pulling strings in a bit of cya.