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The Last St. Louis Chrysler LeBaron Convertible

Photos and text by
Richard L. Benner, Jr
.

Used by permission.

Here are some pics of the last Chrysler Lebaron Convertible built in the St. Louis plant. Some were taken on the last days before the plant’s closing.

Driving the last Chrysler LeBaron convertible off the St. Louis assembly line

This is me behind the wheel (above). It is being driven off of the final line and out to the yard for shipping. I was the final inspector. I would check the vehicle over, check the paper work and then put the final sticker on the door jamb (the silver sticker with the VIN and the MDH (Month/Day/Hour).

These photos were taken in 1991 in the St. Louis assembly plant. Some have been retouched to remove the green tint from the fluorescent lights.

final lebaron

last lebaron

This is the final line, all final inspections and paperwork was done here:

final assembly line

chrysler assembly plant

Me (Richard Benner) and my work station. This is were the final sticker and inspections were done. Note flag, we didn't need anything special to fly it.

last chrysler lebaron

Inspectors who did the final interior and exterior inspections.

inspectors

Inspectors and the supervisors.

lebaron plant

More inspectors, including the under body inspector.

st louis plant

Chrysler LeBaron engine stuffer

St. Louis Chrysler LeBaron assembly plant

factory - assembly line inspectorsThis is the empty dolly area. The vehicles are transported on these dollies before they have any wheels and suspension. The over head area has empty cradles. These "carry" the unit thru the plant when it is suspended overhead.

This car plant was closed in 1991, right after these pictures were taken. It opened again as the van plant in 1995, I believe, and stayed that way until it closed. The plant behind it built the Dodge Ram pickup. [Both plants have been closed and demolished.]

Bob Feeley, of Elkton, Maryland, added one final photo, of the last Lebaron Coupe made at Newark.

final lebaron coupe


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