It is common for auto manufacturing companies to field the name of a vehicle that have been used in the past into an entirely different vehicle. It is, however, rare that an automobile manufacturing company field the same name for two different cars produced in the same year. Surprisingly, Chrysler did this with the Chrysler LeBaron. This made classifying a Chrysler LeBaron for some model years really difficult.
The LeBaron name was first used by Chrysler from 1959 to 1976 as a trim level for the Chrysler Imperial. After the demise of the Imperial, the Chrysler LeBaron became an independent vehicle model. The first of the Chrysler LeBarons were manufactured from 1977 to 1981. During this period, all Chrysler LeBarons were rear wheel drive M-Body cars, similar to the Dodge Diplomat manufactured on the same period. Classifying a Chrysler LeBaron during this period wasn't particularly hard, but it was for the next generations of the car.
From 1982 to 1986, the Chrysler LeBaron was a K-car available in 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible and 4-door sedan body styles. In 1985 a performance sedan called the Chrysler LeBaron GTS was also introduced and was sold until 1989. This car, however, was not the successor to the K-Body LeBarons. Instead, the successor to the 1982 to 1986 LeBarons were the J-Body Chrysler LeBaron coupes and convertibles which were introduced in 1987 and sold through 1995 (coupes only until 1993). Still, another Chrysler LeBaron was introduced in 1990. Based on the AA-Body platform, these Chrysler LeBaron sedans were sold through the 1994 model year.
With the confusion that Chrysler created with their Chrysler LeBaron models, identifying which Chrysler LeBaron a person is talking about becomes a bit difficult. Looking for Chrysler LeBaron parts that would fit perfectly on a specific year model also becomes more difficult. Owners of older Chrysler LeBarons may not have any problem with their parts, but finding exact parts becomes a major task for those who own a 1980s or 1990s Chrysler LeBaron. That's why it is important for these Chrysler LeBaron owners to know their cars well before attempting to purchase any replacement or repair Chrysler LeBaron parts.