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Junkyard Find: 1984 Chrysler Laser XE Turbo

1984 Chrysler Laser XE Turbo in California Junkyard, RH front view - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

The K-platform-based Dodge Daytona was built for the 1984 through 1993 model many sold pretty well; we’ve seen a few of them in this series. The Daytona’s Chrysler-badged sibling, the Laser beam (not to be confused – though many do – with the Mitsubishi Eclipse-based Plymouth Laser), was offered only for the 1984-1986 model years and is a bit harder to find.

1984 Chrysler Laser XE Turbo in California Junkyard, TURBO emblem - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

In fact, today’utes ’84 Laser is only the second Laser Junkyard Discover, after this non-turbo ’85 XE. Obviously, the word TURBO was a synonym for “good” during the middle 1980s, so true K-Car players (officially, the Daytona/Laser were on the G platform) ensured to get the cars along with TURBO badges emblazoned all over the car.

1984 Chrysler Laser XE Turbo in California Junkyard, tachometer - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

The Laser could be had with a extravagant digital dash along with a futuristic voice-alert system.

1984 Chrysler Laser XE Turbo in California Junkyard, rear amp button - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

This one appears to have?every possible factory option, together with a rear amplifier — just the thing for your favorite synth-heavy Billy Squier songs!

1984 Chrysler Laser XE Turbo in California Junkyard, radio buttons - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

Radio-station presets are classier whenever their numbers tend to be written out, rather than presented as numerals.

1984 Chrysler Laser XE Turbo in California Junkyard, front seats - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

Is this Soft Corinthian Leather? Without a doubt! Actually, this could be the Mark Cross leather choice, though I didn’capital t find any Mark Cross badging anywhere on this car.

Darth Vader pitching the actual Laser? Who else could do it?

The Malaise Era had been over by 1984, technically, but vehicle companies still discussed 0-50 acceleration times.

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