The Ugliest/Best Chrysler LeBaron of All Time Is Real
It’s not pretty to look at, but it’ll get you where you want to go.
It's relatively common for enthusiasts to model their cars after vehicles from movies, or even for manufacturers to sell ones inspired by their silver-screen counterparts. While this usually takes the form of something like a Bullitt Mustang or Charger, what you don't see as often are replicas of, well, crappier cars. Yet here we have this custom 1983 Chrysler LeBaron convertible modeled after the Grand Detroit Farm & Country convertible from the classic comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles starring John Candy as Del Griffith and Steve Martin as Neal Page.
The car has honestly always struck us as being so bad it's good, and this re-creation strikes just the right balance of being hideous and unique. Finished in Country Green over a Farm Brown interior, the paint and "wood" trim look to be in great condition, and the cabin also shows well. The drivetrain is the fire-breathing, Mitsubishi-sourced, 93-hp 2.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed automatic transmission, which for this car is perfect.
This LeBaron also has the Texas Instruments Electronic Voice Alert, which can deliver 24 verbal messages on the condition of various aspects of the car. Among the touches that recall the film are a trunk like John Candy's, the "Farm Country" badging on the rear fenders, a D hood ornament, and unique hubcaps.
This car is still chugging along with 82,446 original miles and it seems the only thing that could stop it is someone dropping their cigar and burning it up on the side of the road. And purchasing it didn't break the bank, either. This cinema-inspired car rolled across the Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction block this month, selling for the reasonable price of $11,000. Here's hoping that whoever took it home will drive it on the right side of the highway.