By Patrick Rall
While it isn’t a muscle car by any definition, the Chrysler LeBaron GTS was an impressive performer in the mid to late 1980s. It was so impressive in Chrysler’s opinion, that the American automaker decided to pit it against the 1985 BMW 328e in a head to head performance shootout on an aircraft carrier and – predictably – the LeBaron GTS flexed its Mopar muscles and beat out the Bimmer in both acceleration and braking.
As a former owner of a 1989 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible, I find this video to be pure awesomeness and while it might be a bit of a stretch to compare the BMW 3 Series to the Chrysler LeBaron, the performance times speak for themselves. Even when putting my past LeBaron ownership aside, it is great to watch this classis Mopar TV ad with a LeBaron GTS smoke a BMW that costs more than twice as much as they race around the deck of an aircraft carrier.
The sound of this vintage Chrysler LeBaron GTS ad is almost as awesome as the basic theme of the clip, so make sure to watch this Mopar Muscle Thursday feature with your speakers turned up!