1986 Chrysler LeBaron Short Limo
When it comes to celebrity cars, the sky is the limit and chances are that this car will bring in big money. The car does not look like much! The fact that he owned it and gave it away is what you will be bidding on. I am sure you will have some competition here! The world loves celebrities and he was part of the gang… “THE RAT PACK”.
The eighties were shaped by two very powerful divergent influences: the price of oil and the desire for the trappings of luxury and prestige. These two do tend to be mutually exclusive. But the human mind is an infinitely flexible organ and there are ways to bridge almost any gap with a bit of creativity and a cutting torch.
This Chrysler Executive Limousine: a K-car seven passenger limo powered by a 93 hp four cylinder engine. The other profound limitation was in the engine compartment. All Chrysler had at the time was its own 2.2 and the Mitsu 2.6. What a combo, with the three-speed automatic. The V6 was still a distant dream. You either experienced the early eighties, or you’ll spend the rest of your life trying to make sense of them. Or both.
The premise was pretty ridiculous, high oil and all: the K car was a very compact affair to start with; it looks tiny in today’s traffic. Imagine building a Ford Focus limo today; that would get a few laughs. The truth was that the Executive was just way too small to carry even two executives in the comfort they were used to.
However the car looks all original including the paint and some dings here and there. The car may have been sitting around for some time before it came to the auction block. We cannot really tell from the pictures and it does not matter much. To have this is your garage would be a huge investment as no matter what kind of car it is, the history is what sells!
I am thinking there will be some collectors that are willing to pay for this kind of historical car and the Frank Sinatra name no matter what the car looks like or how under powered it is.