Among short-lived models, Chrysler Corporation’s 400 line didn’t stick around very long. Originally conceived as a step-up from the Aires lineup, it was quickly folded into the 600 series just two years after introduction, making this clean coupe here on CarsForSale.com a bit of a rare bird. It’s listed for $3,295 and supposedly has under 90,000 original miles. Is it worth a closer look?
Now, bear in mind: upmarket from the Aries wasn’t saying a whole lot, and this car comes from an era when “luxury” was often as diluted as “performance.” The Aries also wasn’t a terribly equipped car to begin with, so even with the badging on the rear decklid that clearly resembled the same script Mercedes was using at the time, there was no confusing this car with a Benz. If nothing else, the lone engine options of two four-cylinder powerplants would give it away that this 400 wasn’t knocking on Germany’s doors.
The interiors at least looked nice, with plenty of details to make you think you were driving something special. This 400 coupe appears to be in great shape, with well-preserved leather seats – but are my eyes deceiving me? Yes, those are crank windows. Oh, mama. I don’t know who thought that was a good idea, but it seems to me if you’re trying to entice Mercedes shoppers into the showroom, the car should at least have power windows to go along with that fancy script on the trunk lid.
Though the details are scarce in this particular listing (which appears to belong to a dealership in Pennsylvania), the engine bay looks quite clean. I think someone went a bit heavy with the ArmorAll, but that’s a minor quibble. Finding an elusive 400 or 600-series Mopar makes this one standout from the variety of K-Car derivatives that are out there, but you’ll have to be quite the LeBaron or Aries enthusiast to want to fork over $3K to add this one to your fleet. Then again, who am I to talk about questionable purchasing decisions? If this 400 would fill a void in your life, let us know in the comments below.