The LeBaron name first appeared as a Chrysler name plate in the late 1950's as the top trim level of the full-size Imperial. This would continue through 1975, and then in 1977 Chrysler began making and offering stand-alone LeBaron models in the mid-size class. Initially, it was built on the same platform as the Dodge Aspen, but a different chassis placed on the frame. In later years, the LeBaron would take the place as Chrysler's luxury compact offering and give buyers the option of all 4 major body styles: coupe, convertible, sedan, and wagon. By the early 1990's, the LeBaron was so many different things to so many people that buying Chrysler LeBaron parts can sometimes be very confusing. This ultimately led Chrysler to create completely separate model names for its successors based on body style. Fun fact: an episode of Seinfeld heavily featured a Chrysler LeBaron purchased by character George Castanza because it was rumored to be previously owned by actor John Voight.