If you haven’t seen the classic comedy “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” you’re missing out.
We’ve got two names for you: Steve Martin and John Candy – two comedy giants of the 80s who starred in this gut-busting film. The plot is about Martin’s character (Neal) trying to make it home for Thanksgiving. The comedy duo make for a theatrical treat.
As the title implies, most of the scenes from the movie take place on different modes of transportation. Of course there was a plane, a train, and a 1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town and Country rented by Candy’s character (Del).
Unfortunately, by the end of the movie (spoiler alert), this beauty of a vehicle becomes damaged beyond repair. First comes the near miss of being sandwiched (but instead, badly scraped) between two semis.
Then, no sooner than they recover from that dance with death, Del (Candy’s character) accidentally sets the car on fire with his not quite extinguished cigarette butt. Burnt but still (barely) driveable, the car is back on the road, until the police spot it and deem it unsafe for the road, and it’s impounded.
So the 1986 Chrysler LeBaron had its time in the spotlight – it’s 15 minutes of fame.
Fun Facts About the Chrysler Town and Country
Some other interesting tidbits about the car that was used in the movie:
- It was a convertible with a 2.2 Turbo engine.
- It was modified with parts from a Dodge 600 – tail lights, steering wheel and owner’s manual (seen when glove compartment was opened).
- The trunk was from an older K-car convertible, which means there was no third brake light. Also, there was a luggage rack that was not offered in 1986 Town & Country but was on older models.
The 1986 Chrysler Town and Country sure was one unique automobile. You’ve gotta watch the film if you haven’t already.
Unlike Marathon Car Rental (the car rental place in the movie), Bryant Motors won’t leave you high and dry when it comes to finding your next car. We’ve got lots of high quality new and pre-owned Chrysler vehicles in stock, including modern Town & Country minivans for sale.
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