Saturday, August 13, 2011

1987 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Station Wagon

I'm not recommending that anyone buy this car (I'm not trying to stop you, either), I'm just posting it because... well, because.

I had no idea the Chrysler LeBaron woody wagon came with Chrysler's 2.2 liter turbo engine. But they did.

This is a 2 owner car with 53,000 miles on it. The original owners were "were older folks who are deceased". It comes with every gaudy thing you would expect to find on a car that is essentially an upmarket K Car. Digital dash, "Mark Cross interior", fake wood grain and fake wood strips, electric voice alert, ("Your door is ajar") etc., etc.

Chrysler's 2.2 liter engine, however, was a pretty nice piece of engineering. Not especially exotic, it was durable and took well to turbocharging.

This is quite possibly the least exciting car to ever use a turbocharger. The K Car was an appliance and sticking the once proud LeBaron name on it just made it a tacky appliance.

The seller has done a few things to this car, including bumping up the boost to 12lbs (stock I believe was 9lbs) and putting on a Shelby valve cover. But other than those mods this car is basically the same car you would expect "older folks who are deceased" to own. (Not "to have owned", but to "own". This is a car for dead people.)

I like sleepers - and this certainly is a sleeper - but I also have a certain amount of pride and I'm pretty certain I wouldn't want to be seen in this. Still, it's kind of interesting to look at and it's definitely a piece of automotive history.

Located in Ocklawaha, FL, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Jon for sending me the link to this car!


Max Power said...

Anything that Chrysler made in the 80's with a four banger had the option of a turbo version of it..or at least it seems that way. Just like how they made dozens of versions of the K car.

A year or so ago I remeber walking by a Dodge 400 and was shocked that it had a 'hemi' badge on it. I just didn't seem to remember that Chrysler made a hemi version of their 4 cyl engines nor do I remember them marketing them either.

Anyway, as far as the LeBaron Town and Country, too bad it is not the woody convertible. Maybe it is Jon Voight's...or should I say John Voight

Anonymous said...

The early versions of the Mitsubishi 2.6 that Chrysler used were badged "Hemi".

V-Eater said...

The Dodge Omni GLH (Goes Like Hell) had a turbo; probably why turbos were available on other Chrysler 4 bangers.


Blair Russell said...

To think that this car is only about 45 miles away from where I live. Should I purchase it... nah! A fast K-car is still a K-car, I say.

JT said...

As I recall, this was Ferris Bueller's mom's car in the classic movie regaling his day off.

That's cool enough for me.