Rare Rides: A Stunning Chrysler LHS From 1995, Fine Executive Luxury

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
rare rides a stunning chrysler lhs from 1995 fine executive luxury

Today’s Rare Ride was commonplace a couple of decades ago, but it’s one of those cars by and large ruined via neglectful owners, inattentive build quality from the factory, and BHPH lots.

Come along as we learn about the most luxurious Chrysler LH sedan of the Nineties.

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured an LH car in this series, as that honor goes to the extra clean Eagle Vision presented last year. But while the Vision appealed more to the sporty sedan customer with its no-nonsense alloys and monochromatic exterior theme, today’s LHS was all about luxury motoring.

At its debut in 1994, the LHS was Chrysler’s flagship sedan. LHS stood as a direct replacement for the K-car based (or super XL EEK-LX whatever) Imperial, which resurrected the Imperial name at Chrysler in 1990. That model deserves its own Rare Rides entry and was pretty outdated and bad even at introduction.

Chrysler sought to make amends for that with the cab-forward LHS, which was bang up to date. Chrysler also offered two lesser luxury versions of the LH at its dealers, the middle sibling New Yorker, and the cheapest Concorde. The Concorde LH replaced the K-car New Yorker in ’94, and the New Yorker LH took over for the Fifth Avenue K. The LHS and New Yorker shared identical styling, while the Concorde was more Intrepid-adjacent in its looks. Part of that was down to the additional length for New Yorker and LHS: They both had five inches of full-size stretch over Concorde.

The LHS was differentiated from its slightly lesser New Yorker brother (red above) primarily via exterior badging and lack of chrome trim. Inside, LHS customers were treated to leather bucket seats instead of a bench, and standard lace alloy wheels which were optional at the New Yorker level. The LHS always had its shift lever on the floor, and the interior was generally of a higher specification than New Yorker.

While the Concorde was available with either 3.3- or 3.5-liter engines, New Yorker and LHS were all equipped with the 3.5. That EGE engine was good for 214 horses and 221 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic was the only transmission option.

The LHS proved more popular than the New Yorker as bench seats, chrome trim, and column shifters clung to their Eighties customer base. New Yorker was dropped after 1996, and instead, the LHS gained a bench seat option. LHS continued on sale in its initial guise through 1997 and was replaced by the new 300M-adjacent LHS in 1999. LHS lived only through 2001 before it was axed. Chrysler carried on with the Concorde through 2004, before it and the 300M were replaced by the rear-drive 300.

Today’s Rare Ride is located at an auction house in North Carolina. In suitably luxurious white and silver over tan, it has over 150,000 miles yet shockingly looks brand new. It’s the cleanest example your author has seen, ever.

[Images: Chrysler]

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  • Golden2husky Golden2husky on Mar 18, 2021

    Note the rather casual fit of all that plastic lower cladding...if you go to the auction website you will find a 1981 Cordoba for sale in what is considered excellent condition. Go through the photos and see the abysmal fit and detail work...wow. I forgot how bad it was back then. So, scratch my negative comment about the LHS. It's a Rolls Royce in comparison.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Mar 19, 2021

    At the time this flagship was created, Chrysler was in "Build Back Better But Still Not All That Great" mode.

  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.
  • Cha65689852 To drive a car, you need human intelligence, not artificial intelligence.Unfortunately, these days even human brains are turning into mush thanks to addiction to smartphones and social media.
  • Mike1041 A nasty uncomfortable little car. Test drove in 2019 in a search for a single car that would appease two drivers. The compromise was not much better but at least it had decent rear vision and cargo capacity. The 2019 Honda HRV simply was too unforgiving and we ditched after 4 years. Enter the 23 HRV and we have a comfy size.
  • SCE to AUX I wonder who really cares about this. "Slave labor" is a useful term for the agendas of both right and left."UAW Wants Auto Industry to Stop Using Slave Labor"... but what will the UAW actually do if nothing changes?With unrelenting downward pressure on costs in every industry - coupled with labor shortages - expect to see more of this.Perhaps it's my fault when I choose the $259 cell phone over the $299 model, or the cheaper parts at RockAuto, or the lower-priced jacket at the store.Do I care about an ethical supply chain? Not really, I just want the product to work - and that's how most consumers are. We'd rather not know.Perhaps the 1990s notion of conflict-free, blood-free, ethically-sourced diamonds will find its way into the auto industry. That would be a good thing.