Picture courtesy of Motor Trend Magazine..
The cars were bloated, they burned too much fuel and the designs were less than stellar.
In came Lee Iococca, the father of the K-Car and savior of Chrysler.
Lee Iococca came up with a plan that was brilliant.. Instead of designing a car and then the platform, he decided to do it in reverse, thus saving millions of dollars and bringing Chrysler back to profitability with the help of a Government Loan.
With all of Chrysler's cars being built on one platform and using the same hardware, they could design whatever they wanted and make it fit.
Chrysler also used the same interior layout in all of it's cars.
The cars chimed, belled, whistled, talked, had digital instrumentation, 3 or 4-speed auto or 5-speed stick, pop up headlamps, Stereo cassette w/equalizer, A/C, power mirrors, power locks cruise control and an information stack... All you needed and then some including a 7year warranty on the product.
(best in the business at the time)
The coupe could be had as the LeBaron, LeBaron Turbo, and later the LeBaron GTC and the GTC Turbo.
There was also a LeBaron Four door that went through two body styles as the two door stayed the same. It was no where near as sexy as the coupe or convertible, but it was much more luxurious. A 3.0 V-6 was also added to later 90's models of this same body style.
Chrysler LeBaron Sedan
Chrysler LeBaron Turbo GTC Convertible
The 88-94 Chrysler LeBaron fared very well, being sold in places like Germany for upwards of $35,000 dollars, (much cheaper on this side) where they would see speeds on the Autobahn of 130mph daily. It was quite a likable car and is just one of the now gone but never to be forgotten K-Car platforms that gave Chrysler another lease on life..
Light up your cigar, drop the top and "Gone brush ya shoulders off Mr. Iococca."
Thanks for checking out our blast from the past, and as always autoFrenzy.net wants to remind you to keep your hands on the wheel and your feet on the gas.. This is Dre'.. Deuces..!!