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
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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