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Wheels in the Grass

'87 Chrysler LeBaron, Youngstown, N.Y.

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

'92 convertible

'91 coupe

'87 ad art


  • Joseph Coppola

    K cars. Plain vanilla. One size fits most. All you can eat. It’s like Navy chow. Just not too exciting. Ho-Hum. K Cars.

  • Joel

    “She’s changing her name from ‘Kitty’ to ‘Karen’ / She’s trading her MG for a white Chrysler Le Baron / I want a girl with a short skirt and a looooooong jacket.”