Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!
While listed in its ad as a “LeBron” there’s no evidence that today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Chrysler has any connection whatsoever with hoops legend, LeBron James. Let see if its price is another of the seller’s devious misdirections.
Yesterday’s 1995 Toyota Previa S/C Alltrac was cool. It was also old, and when you’re looking to tool around in an old car you usually don’t want to take the whole family along for the ride. That’s why we buy fun classic cars—to get away from the people we love just long enough so that we can keep on loving them. Too few of you loved the Previa however, and with its 62 percent Crack Pipe vote, even fewer were smitten with its $5,000 price.
I was thinking the other day about the passing of Lee Iacocca. I had the opportunity to meet him on a couple of occasions a few years back, both times at events that feted cars Iacocca was instrumental in bringing to market. When you think about it, there are few individuals in modern auto industry history who have been as influential as was the cigar-chomping Iacocca. He did, after all bring us the Mustang—creating a new category of car while he was at it. He gave us the modern minivan too, which became an iconic part of the suburban landscape throughout the latter half of the 1980s and well into the ‘90s.
Lee also gave us the K-car, a model line that upon its launch saved the Chrysler corporation from financial ruin, and that served as the basis for about 80 percent of the company’s model line for the following decade and a half.
Today’s 1990 Chrysler LeBaron GT is one of the last hangers-on of the K-car line. This is actually built on the derivative J-platform, a fact that annoys me since it came after the K but is named for a letter that proceeds K in the alphabet. I’m just weird that way.
The LeBaron name is a venerated Chrysler cognomen going back decades during which time it was applied to various high-end Chrysler and Imperial models. The name originates from a Detroit area coachbuilder obtained by Chrysler in the ‘20s, and was initially adopted for the top model of the company’s then-new Imperial line.
This LeBaron GT is far more modest in its aspirations and its presentation. A smallish but fairly stylish two-door convertible (something else that Iacocca reinvigorated) the LeBaron was, in its day, still positioned as one of Chrysler’s top models, just for a new era.
The bodywork here, in Flash Red, carries a body kit that extends its rockers and both bumpers in what’s meant to be a sporty look. I’d say it’s hit or miss, but is at least all in very decent shape. Usuall