Chrysler LeBaron - 1977–1981

First generation
Production 1977–1981
Assembly St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Newark, Delaware, United States
Valencia, Venezuela,
Toluca, Mexico
Class Mid-size
Body style 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
4-door wagon
Layout FR layout
Platform M-body
Engine 225 in³ Slant-6
318 in³ LA V8
360 in³ LA V8
Transmission 3-speed A727 automatic
3-speed A904 automatic
Related Chrysler Town and Country
Dodge Diplomat
Plymouth Gran Fury

Although the LeBaron name had been used before on Imperials, this was the first time the name was used on its own. This first Chrysler LeBaron was a rear-wheel drive M-body, a rebadged Dodge Diplomat with deluxe trim and equipment sold from 1977 to 1981. LeBarons were available in coupes, sedans and station wagons. A Police version was available in 1981 only. The wagons arrived in 1978. All wagons had the Town & Country wood panelling until a plain base wagon was added in 1980-81.

The car received a major refreshening for 1980, with new front and rear fascias giving it a more upscale appearance. The rear roofline was also made shorter and steeper. The 2-door coupe received new smooth rear sheetmetal, that replaced the old curved rear panels. On the inside, enhancements were made to the interior to make it more luxurious. For 1981, a limited edition "Fifth Avenue" package was available; only 654 LeBarons were produced with this package.

The LeBaron model name was moved to the new front-wheel drive K-platform for the 1982 model year. The former M-body LeBaron sedan became the Chrysler New Yorker; it could still be equipped with the Fifth Avenue package. The M-body wagons and coupes were discontinued after 1981. Chrysler's M-body sedan was ultimately renamed Fifth Avenue for 1983 and it was produced through 1989 little changed from the vintage-1980 LeBaron sedan.

See Town & Country and Fifth Avenue sections for more info.

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