Petrified Wood: 1985 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible

Definitions for pet·ri·fied: 1. so frightened that one is unable to move; terrified.  2. changed into a stony substance; ossified.  When it comes to this well preserved LeBaron convertible it’s hard to pick which describes it accurately.  Personally, I am leaning towards the first one.  Find this 1985 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible for sale in Tuscon, AZ for $4,500 via craigslist.

If you insist on preserving a piece of automobile history there is no better place than the desert!  This K-Car spawned LeBaron Convertible was treated to the full options package from the factory.  Considering the beating the Arizona sun can lay down this car looks in remarkable condition for a 32 year old rag top.  The Town & Country faux wood trim is right at home in Blister Rock AZ.

This example came factory equipped with a 2.2L turbocharged power house spewing 146 HP under full boost.  Everything under to hood looks clean, tidy…and drenched in Armour All.  Gawd sake, tell me there are more interesting things to do in Tuscon on a Sunday afternoon that detail your LeBaron engine compartment!

Open up and say “ahhh” to the rich Mark Cross leather interior conveniently covered in faux sheep skin to match the faux wood.  And if the dash rug isn’t enough for ya, the lovely pig pink steering wheel wrap ought to induce some gut wrenching.  Truth be told, all of this has likely helped preserve a car that was never designed to last beyond a decade…alone 3 decades.       

If there is one thing I have learned about the car business, it is that there is a potential buyer out there for every car offered for sale.  Someway, somehow, this car will eventually end up with a new owner…for the right price.  For $4500 buckskins, my mind would wander far from a car that purportedly saved Chrysler from the brink.     

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Through grinding gears and death grips on arm rests, Glenn is currently wading into new territory teaching the eldest of his offspring to drive an obscure car with a manual transmission.