In 1979 AMC released a compact 4X4 oddball called the Eagle that was one part answer to the OPEC oil embargo and one part sheer insanity. 4X4s were supposed to be these big, short-wheelbase Jeepy things, or trucks, not a small station wagon shaped thing with optional wood siding!! AMC had just inadvertently created the world's first crossover vehicle, a market segment that today dominates half the floor at most auto shows. Find this 1982 AMC Eagle SX/4 offered for $4,000 in Western Massachusetts via craigslist. Tip from Jdah.
For some strange reason a plurality of the Eagles I see driving around in the 21st century (and oddly enough I see quite a few of them in SoCal) are 4-door wagon variety based on the AMC Concord, so this 2-door SX/4 liftback version is really intriguing. The SX/4 was based on the AMC Spirit, which was in turn a restyled Gremlin.
This Eagle looks in shockingly good shape for a car of such vintage, and the seller says that it has a new engine, transmission, and carpet. Seems like a winner for the asking price.
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