Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Strangely Appalling: 1983 AMC Concord DL Sedan
The AMC Concord is not a movie theater in North Carolina, nor is it a supersonic transatlantic plane powered by a 258 cubic inch inline-6. Simply put, the Concord was the AMCs answer to the Cavalier, Tempo, Fairmont, & Malibu -- a task that a restyled Hornet brought to market by an engineering team the size of the average space shuttle crew couldn't achieve. Find this 1983 AMC Concord DL here on eBay bidding for $510 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go.
If you buy this car and don't work at a regional AMC repairshop/mecca, you are going to have a few conversations that go like this:
Dude: Hey, wow, what is that?
Car Guy: It's an AMC Concord.
Dude: A what?
Car Guy: AMC. American Motors Corp. Concord, a replacement for the Hornet.
Dude: And you bought it?
Car Guy: Yeah, it only has 80,000 original miles on it, and it was only $500.
Dude: Oh. What are you going to do with it?
Car Guy: Drive it around, work on it when you are at the beach or a bar...probably lose money on it when I sell.
Dude: Cool. I'm gonna go now...
Car Guy: But you didn't see the way the reach hatch opens...and the faux wood trim...
I get that "what are you going to do with it" question a lot from non-car folks or fringe car folks -- the kind of people who buy a new Prius every few years and maybe their uncle owned a Corvette -- and it is a totally loaded question. Yes. I just purchased an '83 AMC and added it as my fifth car, I will drive it around the street, the same way you drive around in a Ford Edge, except I will be cool...well not actually cool because the AC runs on Freon and has long ago dried into a worthless pile of bracketry but that isn't the point. Hang on, I just read the ad text, this car does have functioning AC converted to R134a -- SCORE 1.0 FOR THE MALAISE CAR GUYS 0.0 FOR THE HATERS.
Seriously, have you ever seen a cooler C-pillar window? firstname.lastname@example.org