THE HOLY GRAIL
When I see cars that you don’t see at every car show it always piques my interest. I’m so glad that I had the chance to talk to the owner of this 1989 Lebaron convertible because it was more special that I realized. Turns out Reed Millers 1989 Chrysler Lebaron was one of about 906 GTC convertibles produced. It’s powered by a 175-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that was part of the Shelby Daytona Package.
“I wanted one of these back then, but I just couldn’t afford it,” Reed tells me, “So I opted for the Dodge Shadow which had a similar powertrain.”
Now older and with a bit more money to spend, he started looking for a drop top to use as a sunny day car. “I researched it and found the GTC to be the best. When I started inquiring in the Mopar forums, someone pointed me to a Craigslist ad where this car was listed in Wisconsin. I flew to Milwaukee, liked what I saw and drove the car home to McCandless.”
He did do some work the upscale K-Car, replacing the aftermarket wheel for the OEM hoops and adding a Direct-Connection performance computer someone online had.
“When I started showing the car, a guy came up to me and told me I had ‘the holy grail’ since there were only about 900 ever made. He had the computer and never installed it on his car. I also had this license plate frame made,” It reads ’89 GTC Holy Grail’.