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Who here bought a K-Car BRAND NEW?

Postby 1986Kar » Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:29 pm

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Re: Who here bought a K-Car BRAND NEW?

Postby RichG » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:23 pm

New?.....New?......Most of you guys (and I'm showing my age here) could not have bought a K car "new". :lol: And most of us old guys who bought one got 'em used. To have bought a new K-car and still be driving it, you'd likely be about 72 years old. And that's who we get our cars from! My Mother in law bought a new K car in 1983 and she's 93 ( and still kicking), and thats nearly 30 years ago........
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Re: Who here bought a K-Car BRAND NEW?

Postby Baron » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:56 am

In June 1983 we bought a brand new Chrysler E-Class- a "stretched" K-Car. Wish I still had it.

Oh, and I'm only 61. We were having twins and needed a newer car with 4 doors. It was either the E-Class or the new GM small cars, which were ugly cheap little boxes. On the other hand, the E-Class was a good looking comfortable car and it was an easy choice.
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Re: Who here bought a K-Car BRAND NEW?

Postby 88 aries » Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:02 am

1of10k did, he bought a brand new 81 Reliant infact there are pics of it on this forum somewhere
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Re: Who here bought a K-Car BRAND NEW?

Postby 600 conv » Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:43 pm

I graduated in 85, had a full time job and wanted a new lebaron convertible.... After pricing I ended up with a new Dodge 600 turbo conv. It's black with a black top and red interior. Still have and enjoy it to this day. If only that car could talk. I did have to have the head replaced in 1990 and the dealer at the time wanted me to trade it for a new one. Also the driver seat frame cracked and found out about a silent recall that was out. At this time it is sitting in my garage under cover and waiting for spring.
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Re: Who here bought a K-Car BRAND NEW?

Postby racerprof » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:14 pm

We bought an '81 Reliant brand new in August 1981. It's still going strong at 275,000 miles!
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Re: Who here bought a K-Car BRAND NEW?

Postby MFF3 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:26 pm

The 1982 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible that I have my parents bought new. I was 12 at the time. :D
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Re: Who here bought a K-Car BRAND NEW?

Postby wjajr » Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:34 am

We purchased new a 1981 Reliant dark blue wagon December of 1981. It was a left-over, the 82’s had been on the lot for a good three months by than. It was equipped with 2.6, automatic, Am & FM, PB, Cruse control, roof rack, and vinyl bench.

That car did not hold up well, it developed a cracked “K” member, blew a head gasket at 40,000 mi. At which point we traded it for a 2.2 turbo, five speed black new 1986Dodge Lancer. My wife did not like that hot rod, after ice derailed the timing chain, and the head gasket blew that car also got traded with about 50,000 miles for a bullet proof 88 Crown Vic.

Back to 1981. After reading an article in perhaps Motor Trend that Chrysler was test marketing a LeBaron Convertible, and if enough advance orders were taken they would build 2600 fully loaded two seat examples. Orders with $1,000 deposit had to be in by January 31, 1982.

I plunked down my dough the last week of January 1982, ordered a Chestnut brown center fold look alike rather than white with wire wheel covers, and AM-Fm Cassette radio the only three no cost option choices available. The deal with the wife was that I had to sell my treasured 1959 Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite in order to get the LeBaron. I still miss the Bug Eye.

The car was delivered third week of May with a very small rear bench seat that my kids fit perfectly. Now one of those kids is 6’ 2”, and his foot wouldn’t fit behind the front seats… LOL

To make a long story short, I still have the car, its unmolested, unrestored, except for a new top. During its twenty fifth year I changed the belts & coolant hoses before something let go, and it still has the factory plug wires. I have had to replace the strut mounts four time over the years, rear springs, exhaust system twice. I still have all the paperwork from the purchase, and the spiffs that Chrysler sent to string us along while the car was being built.

The car looks close to new, has rolled 71,000 miles, and goes to several car shows a summer. Last September I got a second place for K Car category at an all Mopar judged show. A young lady that had recently inherited her aunt’s 1983 Dodge 400 convertible with 31,000 miles on it took first place in K Car. The damn thing looked brand new.

By the way, that 2.6 will still pin the needle on the 85 mph speedo.


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Re: Who here bought a K-Car BRAND NEW?

Postby nszotovich » Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:23 am

It looks quite lovely. A well loved car.
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Re: Who here bought a K-Car BRAND NEW?

Postby 89ARIES » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:53 pm

George Nerrie of Hollywood bought his 82 LeBaron 2.6 Sunroof Coupe new in 82. He still has it at 147,000 miles and brings it to shows.
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