For 1987, LeBaron coupes and convertibles switched to a lengthened K-platform known as the J-platform. While sedan and wagons continued on as they had since 1985, these new coupe and convertible LeBarons were sleeker and more aerodynamic.
As with many new models, the 1987 LeBaron was picked to pace the 71st Indianapolis 500. The driver was none other than Carroll Shelby, who was having success with Dodge and Chrysler making performance versions of existing models. Four cars were modified for use on the track, upping power to 175 horsepower, and removing items like air conditioning. Around 1,000 street cars were also produced and were heavily optioned and all were in the Red exterior with Black interior you see here.
Power came from a 2.2L Fuel Injected Turbo Four-Cylinder engine making 146 horsepower. Our car uses the three-speed automatic transmission, and a five-speed manual was also available. These were all front wheel drive, with front disc brakes and drums in the rear. Non Pace Cars were available with the standard 2.5 four-cylinder putting out an even 100 horsepower.