Monday, November 7, 2016

5-Speeds 4-Bys: 1984 AMC Eagle Sport

The Eagle was AMC's late '70s answer to the OPEC oil embargo and high gas prices that followed. Sales of traditional pickup trucks and SUVs were down. AMC needed a way to pad their bottom line with more sales of profitable 4WD-equipped vehicles -- so they took a chance with a gussied up version of the  Concorde (formerly the Hornet, which started production in 1969) equipped with a full-time 4WD system, creating the first true crossover and "sport utility wagon" before anybody else.  Find this 1984 AMC Eagle Sport offered for $2,000 in Pollock Pines, CA via craigslist.  Tip from RockOn.


The AMC Eagle was a strange looking 4X4 compact crossover-car thing that defined traditional labeling -- technically the sedan/wagon/coupe versions were built on the AMC Concord chassis, but the 2-door SX/4, Kammback, & Sundancer models were built on the AMC Spirit subcompact chassis.


Under the hood is a 4.2 liter inline-6 that pushes out some unremarkable amount of horsepower into a 5-speed manual gearbox, which will make driving this thing more like piloting a semi-truck instead of a delivery van.

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3 comments:

  1. a couple decades early to the crossover party. i dream of something like this for "minimum maintenance" gravel road exploration.

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  2. Only one on your cul-de-sac, almost certainly.

    These always had a sort of don't-call-me-a-hipster-I-just-appreciate-quirky-old-crap kind of ironic chicness to them. Didn't some of these have faux wood sides? And I hear those are worth at least a one-time wave-through on the road into Sag Harbor, so long as the appliqué is afixed to something American and malaisy.

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  3. pretty beat but honestly presented; no a/c makes this a mountain community or New England car only but I doubt anyone in the city wants it anyway

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