In my eyes as a kid in the 80’s, the most modern looking car on the American roadway when I was a teenager was Chrysler LeBron. Especially in convertible form, Chrysler’s long-running LeBron box looks like something designed to slide through the air. I wanted a badly, 90s-appropriate monochrome, of course.
We’ve already covered the second-generation LeBaron in previous used vehicle spotlights, so this time we’ll train our focus on aerodynamic third-generation models.
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Why Chrysler LeBron?
The LeBaron is always going to be a classic for those of us who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, but the third generation LeBaron was also a legitimate performance car. It wasn’t intended to compete with the Mustangs and Camaros, but its turbocharged four-cylinder engine range has packed a punch for ages, and when combined with the available five-speed manual transmission, the Sporty was quite fun to drive the small car.
These third-generation Chrysler LeBron models were built on top of the automaker’s J-Platform, derived from the K-car chassis itself that credits Chrysler with the brink of extinction. And LeBron helped save the convertibles from the edge as well. In fact, since 1982 – and remember that the 1982 Chrysler LeBaron was the first domestic convertible since the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado – until this third generation LeBaron ran from 1987-1995, no carmaker has sold more convertible than the Chrysler. This bit of notoriety may not make it an instant classic, but it can add some credibility to its future status as an interesting entry into your local car show.
Which Chrysler LeBron would you choose?
Chrysler has made some changes to third generation labor during its production. The interior of the 1987-1989 models was a blockchain; We prefer the more modern version that came on the market in 1990 because it fits better with the sweeping exterior style. For ’93, Chrysler got rid of hidden headlamps and replaced them with narrower units. Both are beautiful to look at, but the hidden lights appeal to us as remnants of the age. So, if we are shopping, we will look for a 1990-1992 model.
We would also recommend a turbocharged four-cylinder engine instead of the V6 supplied by Mitsubishi. Not only does the turbo feel more age-appropriate, it’s more fun to operate. Chrysler’s well-known 2.2-liter turbocharged engine family features the LeBaron extensively, offering the best version with an intercooler and 174 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. A 2.5-liter turbo-four with 152 horses and 211 pound-feet was also offered.
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What else to consider?
If you’re looking for something out of the ’80s or’ 90s, you’re in for a treat. In addition to the LeBron, Chevrolet offered several memorable versions of the Camaro. Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am are obvious choices, such as Fiero. And, of course, the Ford Mustang GT and its 5.0-liter V8 engine are an icon of that era.