Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!  

A laser focuses coherent light. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Laser represents one of the most coherent editions of Chrysler’s prodigious K-car, and it’s extremely low mileage. That, and its price, will now be the focus of our concern.

There was a kerfuffle in Texas recently over the U.S. Military’s use of the state for training exercises. It seems that some thought those exercises were nothing more than ruse to allow the Federal Government to invade the sovereign state of Texas, take over its peoples, and replace everyone’s guns with healthcare.

Well, Texans won’t have any of that, and in solidarity with those Lone Starions you weren’t having anything to do with the asking price on yesterday’s Texas-located 1974 Jeep CJ-6, as it fell in a 57% Crack Pipe loss.

Today we bid farewell to the brisket state and head up to Indy, not for a race, but to check out (picture Dr. Evil doing air quotes here) a Laser. Point in fact, this very clean and low-milage 1986 Chrysler Laser. Sister to the Dodge Daytona and sired from the Aries/Reliant K-car, the Laser was Chrysler’s pony car competitor in the ‘80s, or at least from ’84 through ’86 after which the model was unceremoniously dropped. Actually, come to think of it there might have been a ceremony and I just wasn’t invited.


For those three model years however, the Laser was made available in base, XE, or like this one in top of the line XT garb. It also came with your choice with a weak sauce NA engine, or - again like this one - a 146-bhp 2.2-litre turbo four.

Here that four is backed up by a 5-speed stick and the car is additionally kitted out with all the ‘80s accoutrements you could want, including buttery Mark Cross leather and a T-roof. That open air mod was a pretty dramatic change on the Laser/Daytona as the closed cars featured aircraft-style doors, which wrap into the roof. The T-roof equipped cars required unique A and B-pillar caps and of course frameless glass.


The seller says that the seals on those tops are in great shape. He doesn’t say that in the brief Craigslist ad, but does so in the eBay auction (which at present is generating more crickets than bidders) which has an expansive description of the car’s condition and history.

There you’ll find out that the two-owner car comes with extensive maintenance records. That ad also notes a visual and mechanical refreshening that has taken place prior to being the car offered. That included most engine consumables as well as a new alternator. The engine bay belies even the meager 72K on the car’s clock, while the rest - with new paint on the nose, back bumper, and top of the car - looks equally tidy.


The interior presents well too, and is a mix of well preserved original parts and some replacement bits. The only issues noted in fact are a worn bit of door weatherstrip, a missing seat lever, and evidence of the mounting brackets for a former set of rear window louvers. All the original manuals and paperwork comes with the car.

The paper you’d need to buy it would be comprised of dollar bills, seven thousand of them to be precise. The eBay auction has a starting point of $5,500 so it looks like that’s a target there too.


What do you think about this well maintained Laser and its $7,000 asking price? Does that seem like a deal for so clean a machine? Or, is this a Laser with a price that doesn’t leave you beaming?

You decide!


Indianapolis Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

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