1983 Chrysler LeBaron

1983 Chrysler LeBaron 1983 Chrysler LeBaron 1983 Chrysler LeBaron
Mark Cross Convertible
Concerned that the government would soon outlaw the manufacture of soft-top cars, the American auto industry voluntarily ended the production of convertibles with the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado.

However, Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca re-introduced America to the convertible with the 1983 LeBaron, the first production convertible since the 1976 Eldorado. Based on the popular 'K-Car' chassis, the car was an immediate success.

This example features every available option including the 'Mark-Cross' leather interior, power windows, four-speaker radio with cassette tape player, cruise control, air conditioning, 'Computer Equipped' monitoring system and a robotic 'voice' that reminds the driver and passenger to use their seat belts.

1983 was the second year for the Chrysler LeBaron. It was available as a coupe, sedan, convertible and station wagon with pricing beginning at $8,500 for the coupe. Standard equipment included a 2.2-liter four-cylinder overhead cam engine with a cast-iron block and a lightweight aluminum head. The engine produced 95 horsepower and was mated to a five-speed manual transmission (the 1982 version had a standard four-speed gearbox). A three-speed TorqueFlite automatic was available as optional equipment. The cars came with a 'ram air' heater/vent system with outlets on the dashboard, a tethered gas cap, and halogen headlamps. In the back were new self-adjusting brakes with larger brake rotors in the front. They had an AM radio, digital clock, roll-resistant SBR whitewalls, carpeted trunk floor, two-spoke color-keyed steering wheel, power brakes, electronic digital cloth, and inside hood release. The coupe body styles had a padded vinyl landau roof. The convertibles had a center console, color-keyed dual remote mirrors, power top with zip-down window and weather-seal sides, and a tailored top boot.

The Chrysler LeBaron had a sloped grille with thin vertical bars with a larger center vertical bar, a pentastar hood ornament, clear rectangular parking lights set into the bumper, and bright bodyside moldings with vinyl inserts. Inside were low-back vinyl bucket seats with adjustable head restraints. The coupe and convertible bodystyles had dual recliners. The Town & Country and four-door models had a cloth bench seat with center armrests.

The convertible body style was available as a base, Mark Cross version, and a Town & Country Convertible. The Town & Country version had fake wood trim. The Mark Cross Edition had quieter door latches with sound-deadening materials, and an Electronic Voice Alert system. They were also equipped with Mark Cross medallions, bumper guards, cornering lamps, upper body accent stripes, wire wheel covers, leather-wrapped steering wheel, air conditioning, and low-back Corinthian leather bucket seats with console and center armrest. Other features included an electronic-tuning AM/FM stereo radio, tilt steering column, power door locks, power windows, power decklid release, automatic speed control, deluxe wipers, and Travel Computer.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2014

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1983 LeBaron
$15,595-$162,500
1983 Chrysler LeBaron Price Range: $8,515 - $15,595

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chrysler
1988Ford (1,331,489)Chevrolet (1,236,316)Pontiac (680,714)278,287
1987Nissan (1,803,924)Chevrolet (1,384,214)Ford (1,176,775)360,613
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)367,898
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)420,780
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)375,853
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)159,882
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)103,310
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)56,726
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)164,510
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)349,450
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)354,029

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