After a bit of a dry spell, Something Rotten in Denmark has this rather over-valued money pit to present, a 1991 Chrysler LeBaron 3.0 V6.
Much like the Rover 620 from last week we are shown a photo of the dark side of the car. You can make out the brightwork and the general top heaviness of the car but there are other things not so visible. For example the extensive rusting around the wheel arches shown below. You can be sure that it will cost a lot more than the 25,000 kr asked for to put this right. You can be sure the floorpan is equally rotted, if not worse.
What else do we know about the car? The mileage is 255,000 km which is asking a lot of a 90s Chrysler. I did write a while back that I couldn’t say much about Chryslers but in the meantime I discovered that some people like the durable, simple quality of the 70s cars. The LeBaron can’t call on that, being essentially yet another derivative of Chrysler’s K-car platform (the J-body).
The question is why someone would want to save a vehicle like this? Conceivably the engine might have some life in it but that assumes there is another one of these vehicles that someone wants to hold on to. I don’t believe that there can be very many people willing to spend time and money on a car as unremarkable as this. It isn’t especially interesting to look at or to drive. It has the worst aspects of recent American cars (bland, costly to run) and none of the charm of older American cars.
In seems to be just the worst of European and American automotive design in one dull, rusted blue mass. There are plenty of other nicer vehicles costing the same money that do not rest on a sub-structure entirely composed of rust and perished rubber bushings.
If we study the interior we find something as lifeless as a 90s Mondeo or Vectra. You can’t find much to entertain here as it’s neither old enough to be cherishably over the top nor new enough to be worth having for its own sake. It’s just intermediate-period American interior design with little intrinsic character (none, being frank).
The engine in this car is the 3.0 Mitsubishi V6. Normally the LeBaron came with a set of anaemic four-cylinder units from 2.0 to 2.5 litres. Driving the front wheels, these gave all the torque steer you could handle. You might get 25 mpg from the 3.0 but expect 22 mpg around town.
We can only wonder quite what motivated anyone to import a car as mediocre as this to Denmark. It can’t have been cheap. And, as it is, the vehicle is a 26,800 kr opportunity to send another 26,800kr down the pan. For the price of a restoration you could import at least two of these cars from Florida or California. This vehicle is, above all, a test to find unhinged people with deep wallets.
In case you’re interested, LeBaron was once an independent coach builder, but their period of independence ended in the 1940s.