Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5k: Groovy Wagon: 1976 AMC Hornet Sportabout

The AMC Hornet was a compact car built from 1970 to 1977 as the Kenosha, WI based American Motor Corp competitor to the Japanese invasion.  The Hornet was successful as an AMC product and its platform was used for the Concord, Gremlin, Spirit and wacky 4X4 Eagle.  A Hornet was featured in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun doing a 360 degree aerial twist -- a stunt not done with modern CGI, but with old fashioned brawn, moxy and ignorance of the consequences.  Prove your own meddle with this 1976 AMC Hornet Sportabout offered for $3,000 in Portland, OR via craigslist.  Tip from Oldsmobuick.

This AMC Hornet is the Sportabout wagon version and it looks incredible in a two-tone white-blue paint job. Most times custom two-tone paint jobs look hideous, but somehow it just works on this Hornet.  The Hornet is powered by one of two inline-6s, a 232 cubic inch version good for 90 horespower or the 258 cubic inch version rated at 95 horsepower.  Neither will thrill you with performance, but in 1976 even the legendary Corvette was pretty abysmal.

This Sportabout isn't a good example of thrills/dollar, but it will offer a unique experience at a discount price and you won't see another on the road like it.  See something better? tips@dailyturismo.com


  1. Kinda preferred the Matador Barcelona Coupe as the craziest of the AMC line and also featured in the same movie as a flying car. These little Sportabouts were actually a pretty nice sized wagon. My wife had one as her college car for hauling stuff between house/school.

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    1. Apologies, sir. Link is now operational.

  3. Ad says safer then a new car really maybe on the pocketbook not the worst AMC for sure.

  4. My folks bought one of these new. Kinda hoped if one ever found its way to eBay or CList that it would get featured on here (so thanks DT guys for doing this one). I don't remember a lot about these, other than that the 232 was a dog and would overheat when pulling our (small) pop-up trailer on camping trips. As it happens my parents are visiting and I showed them the listing, the conversation just went something like this:

    Dad: "How much do they want for it?"

    Me: "Three grand."

    Mom: "Three grand? It couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!"

    Me: "That's not the price for its performance, it's for the nostalgia factor."

    Mom: "That's nostalgia I don't need."

  5. Cool I wonder where the car is now?

  6. Do the Vacuum Wipers still suck 40 years later?
    or like a fine wine and my wife ,
    do the IMPROVE WITH AGE ?
    I dream of a Pacer Woody in Forest Green


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