Wheels in the Grass
by Jim Corbran - posted 12:01 am, February 13, 2012
Just ’cause this 1987 Chrysler LeBaron is wearing a plate, doesn’t mean it doesn’t fit the criteria for being “in the grass.” I have it on good authority (me) that it hasn’t moved from this spot in a Youngstown repair shop parking lot since last summer. This, I always thought, was one of the better-looking K-car variants. As a LeBaron though, it’s confusing; there’ve been so many different types of Chryslers wearing the LeB badge over the years it has kind of lost its meaning. Do a Google search and take a look — going way back to the huge Imperials from the 1950s, LeBarons have come in all shapes and sizes. The 1987s were the first year for the J-bodied coupe and convertible, which would hang around until 1995. This week’s featured find had a list price of $11,295 and Chrysler produced over 75,000 of them when you figure together the coupe and premium coupe variations, along with just over eight-thousand convertibles. I wouldn’t count out seeing the LeBaron name make another comeback one of these days. Chrysler seems to be going to their back catalog quite a bit lately (Charger, Challenger, Town & Country, and the upcoming Dart).
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know