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Autotrader Find: Well-Preserved 1989 Chrysler Conquest TSI

By now, most people have forgotten the Chrysler Conquest, which was a sporty coupe sold throughout the 1980s. But just in case you haven’t forgotten it — just in case you’ve always wanted a nice one — here’s your chance.

This is a 1989 Chrysler Conquest TSI, the vehicle’s top trim level, finished in blue with a black cloth interior. It’s in excellent shape, and it’s traveled just 46,500 miles in its life — and now it’s listed for sale by a private owner in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for $14,500.

In case that strikes you as a lot of money for a 30-year-old Chrysler you’ve never heard of, consider this: The Conquest was the lesser-known predecessor to the Mitsubishi 3000GT and the Dodge Stealth, and (like those cars) it was built in Japan by Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi also sold a version of the Conquest in the United States, dubbed the Starion, and the two cars were nearly identical — right down to the reasonably impressive powertrain, which was a 2.6-liter 4-cylinder with 200 horsepower, rear-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual transmission. A smaller 2.0-liter 4-cylinder was also offered.

This particular Conquest has impressively low miles, and the Carfax report confirms they’re genuine — though the Carfax also shows an accident in Colorado in the 1990s. With that said, the car looks nice enough from the photos — but unlike the later 3000GT, the Conquest doesn’t quite have a rabid fan base searching for perfect examples, so it may have a tough time finding a home. Still, it’s an interesting car — and the interior clearly has a little weirdness that could only hail from a 1980s sports car. Find a Chrysler Conquest for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I had one too. bought it brand new and drove it until I was rear ended and launched into head on collision with a Buick Wagon. Spun 360 in a shower of glass. When the cops came, they couldn’t ID the vehicle but said it is one tough car. Never had a single problem with it.

  2. I had one of these. Bought it used. Black on black. Fully flared body, and those stupid automatic belts that had a thing for getting locked up in mid-travel. I think it hated me, and I hated it right back. Had a prodigious appetite for eating turbochargers. The smoke plume it trailed when blowing a turbo was best suited for an air show. Best thing that ever happened to it was getting stolen.

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