In the automotive world, the word “Phantom” conjures images of one vehicle and one vehicle alone: the Rolls-Royce Phantom, a gargantuan behemoth of an automobile with approximately the same size and shape as an elementary school.
But did you know there was a Chrysler Phantom, and it’s kind of cool? See the Chrysler LeBaron models for sale near you
While the vehicle above might look to you like a Chrysler LeBaron, there’s something about it you probably didn’t realize: The LeBaron was sold in Mexico as the Chrysler Phantom. I can’t possibly fathom why this occurred, except that maybe focus-group testing for the Mexican market showed that our friends to the south preferred the idea of a car with a ghostly name to the idea of one named after fake French aristocracy, even though it’s built in St. Louis.
And so, while you may associate the Phantom name with Rolls-Royce, it was also used on a Chrysler.
Here’s the other cool thing about the Chrysler Phantom: Although we primarily got the LeBaron with boring engines, the Mexican Chrysler Phantom had a high-performance version in the early 1990s. It used the same engine from the Dodge Spirit R/T, which meant that it had 224 horsepower and a 5-speed manual transmission. In a LeBaron! What a world that must’ve been, in 1990s Mexico… cruising with the top down, in your Phantom, rowing through the gears, doing 0 to 60 in 5-point-something seconds. Rapido!!!! See the Chrysler LeBaron models for sale near you
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.