Unfortunately, a lot went wrong with the TC. After a troubled development, the TC arrived on American shores looking quite a lot like a LeBaron convertible with a Maserati badge. But with a price tag of $33,000, it was a fair bit cheaper than its other Italian/American rival, the Cadillac Allante.
On the outside, the TC by Maserati was not the most striking vehicle. It’s not a bad-looking car, by any means. But the car would practically disappear when parked next to any other convertible from the era. From afar, it’s basically indistinguishable from an average dentist’s LeBaron.
Under the Maserati trident badge, it’s powered by a turbocharged 2.2L Chrysler four-cylinder. A 2.2L with Maserati heads was also apparently available. But Motorweek’s John Davis was doubtful anyone would buy it.
Turns out, he was right. Despite initially selling well, The Chrysler TC failed to make waves in the automotive world. It could be blamed on the inordinate name, the lackluster styling, or the less-than-stellar engine choices. The Italian/American collaboration seemed like it was doomed from the start.
Despite the TC’s failure, some diehard Chrysler fans keep the Italian Chrysler dream alive. For everyone else, it was a weird-looking LeBaron.