Used Car Face Off: K-Car Kraziness

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Welcome to Used Car Face Off, where we find two similar or similarly priced used cars and ask you which one you would buy. Choose wisely!

OK, fans, I'm going to get a little mean this week. I'm giving you two K-car offshoots to decide between. For those of us who aren't hardcore Pentastar enthusiasts, this is like deciding whether to walk or bike. Still, I've found two pristine examples of the thinking at the Iacocca-era Chrysler.

First up is this white with "wood" 1986 Chrysler Town & Country, and it's a special K. It's a two-owner, original 80,000-mile wagon that the owner says has all of the receipts – it even has the period license plate from from the Glendale dealer. He also says it's so original, it'll make you feel like in you're in the ‘80s again. (Do I want to find out what the ‘80s were like?)


It is a fine example of the K Car for $3,750, but above all, it's got a turbo. Who said all of the turbo wagons had to be European?

Want a more up-to-date K? The late-'80s version of LeBaron coupe and convertible were actually J Cars — a derivative of the K — according to Chrysler, but chunks of the old car remained, including the uninteresting styling and glorious front-wheel-drive. It's been a while since I've seen a ton of clean LeBaron convertibles for sale but there's been a steady stream of them for the last month or so. One in particular has caught my eye.

It's a 1992 convertible in a tacky shade of red with depressing gray upholstery. But the owner of this car claims it used to belong to someone who has a drink named after him: Arnold Palmer.


This LeBaron is a 44,000-mile V6 example of the kind of thing you used to rent when you went to Florida, before the Sebring was made. This car just looks like it was made for golf. But this piece of golfing and Chrysler memorabilia can be yours for the buy-it-now price of $5,990. I'm not really sure if that price includes cupholders for your cans of lemonade and iced tea.


If it were my money, I'd pick the Turbo T&C, because it's closer to where I live. And I've always wanted to know what it's like to be seen in something with fake tree nailed to it.

I've taunted you enough, Mopar fans. What's it gonna be, wood or a ragtop? Sound off in the comments.


Photos credit eBay.