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Chrysler LeBaron (1977–81)
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Chrysler LeBaron (M-body). 1977–81 (prod. n/a). 4-door sedan, 2-door coupé, 2-door SWB coupé, 5-door wagon. F/R, 3682 cm³ (I6 OHV), 5210, 5898 cm³ (V8 OHV). Essentially an upscale Dodge Aspen with longer front and rear overhangs, and a poor reliability record in the first two model years. Unlike Aspen, the two-door was on the same wheelbase as the sedan. Poor handling with soft chassis. Six provided barely enough performance. Largest 360 in³ unit dropped after 1978 model year. Town & Country nameplate reappears for 1978 as the wagon version, with fake wood panelling, but no longer an independent model line. Base wagons from 1980. Refresh for 1980 with more formal appearance, and coupés went on a shorter wheelbase. Fifth Avenue appearance package with vinyl roof offered in 1981: it was a version of this that became the Chrysler New Yorker in 1982.

Manufacturing locations: St Louis, Missouri, USA; Newark, Delaware, USA; Tolucá, México

Marque: Chrysler | Model: Chrysler LeBaron | Predecessor: Chrysler Town & Country (1974–7) | Successors: Chrysler LeBaron (1982–8), Chrysler New Yorker (1982), Chrysler Town & Country (1982–8)

q.v. Dodge Diplomat (1977–89), Plymouth Gran Fury (1982–9)


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