The 1983-1986 Chrysler LeBaron Mark Cross T&C Convertible was another Chrysler nod to past glories, this time the late-'40s Town & Country convertible. Essentially, this was a blend of two trim options for the front-drive LeBaron convertible announced with coupe and sedan models for 1982 -- all based on Highland Park's 1981 Dodge Aries/Plymouth Reliant K-car platform. It was much like those do-or-die compacts in appearance and technical makeup, with different tail lamps and a more formal grille the main distinctions.

It was slightly face-lifted for '86. The K-car's 2.2-liter/135-cid "Trans-4" was always standard, with an optional turbo version from '84. The original alternative engine was a Mitsubishi "balancer" four, supplanted for '86 by a Trans-4 stroked to 2.5 liters (153 cid). A five-speed manual transaxle was offered through '84, when the previously optional TorqueFlite became standard.

The ragtop Town & Country differed from the normal LeBaron convertible in wood-look plastic side trim (shared with a T&C wagon); the Mark Cross added lush hide upholstery adorned with the leathermaker's logos. Alas, a Mark Cross option was also available in other body styles, which dilutes the T&C ragtop's collector appeal. Then again, this wasn't the most common of Chrysler's reborn '80s ragtops, which should work for it in the future -- though perhaps not all that much.

Pluses of the 1983-1986 Chrysler LeBaron Mark Cross T&C Convertible
:
  • "Used car" prices
  • Excellent parts/service availability
  • Practical size
  • Top-down appeal
  • Turbo quite peppy
  • Low production
Minuses of the 1983-1986 Chrysler LeBaron Mark Cross T&C Convertible:
  • Not that exciting
  • Tacky bodyside "wood"
  • Turbo engine rough and boomy
  • Mediocre manual shift
  • Prone to cowl/body shake
Production of the 1983-1986 Chrysler LeBaron Mark Cross T&C Convertible:
  • 1983 est.: 1,500
  • 1984: 1,105
  • 1985: 595
  • 1986: 501
Specifications of the 1983-1986 Chrysler LeBaron Mark Cross T&C Convertible:
Length, inches: 179.8
Wheelbase, inches: 100.3
Weight, pounds: 2,600-2,775
Price, new: $15,595-17,595

Engines for the 1983-1986 Chrysler LeBaron Mark Cross T&C Convertible:

Type
Size
Horsepower
Years
och l-4
135/153/156
95-99/142-146/100/93-101
1983-1986

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