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K Chrysler LeBaron

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Old 05-17-2010, 09:56 PM
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The 1982-88 Chrysler LeBaron was a modified K-car, sharing almost all of its parts with the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant, but presenting a completely different appearance with quad headlights, more chrome, better wheel covers, padded vinyl roof, a "waterfall" grille with stand-up crystal Pentastar, a much less boxy front clip, and different taillights. When the K-based LeBaron was produced, the name was taken from a rear wheel drive car, derived from the Volare, which then became the Fifth Ave. The LeBaron was the only K-car to get a turbocharged engine, the optional 2.2 turbo putting out 146 horsepower, making the car fairly quick due to its light weight; both the 2.5 liter and 2.2 turbo could be ordered with either a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic. The V8 in the 1981 LeBaron (and 1982 Fifth Avenue) was, by then, producing less than the 2.2 turbo’s 146 horsepower, albeit with far more torque.The front drive LeBaron came out in 1982 in sedan, wagon, or coupe, and a convertible was added soon after. The coupe and convertible were restyled and given a different body in 1987. (See the full story on the Chrysler Town & Country coupe and convertible)
In 1985 the LeBaron received a minor freshening; in 1988 the power steering ratio went to 16:1 and tires were upgraded, and some features were made standard, including rear window and outside mirror defrosters). In 1988, the K-based Lebaron sedan and wagon were dropped. The LeBaron GTS, a five-door hatchback identical in most respects to the Dodge Lancer, was made with different styling, from 1985 to 1988.

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Old 05-30-2011, 09:50 AM
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I have a 1982 Medallion in mint condition, truly beautiful. I just joined this forum and will post pictures when and if I can figure out how to do so. You can contact me at: [email protected] and I can email pictures to you if interested. geo
 
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