Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Surfs you right: 1973 AMC Hornet Wagon

If you heard "The Surfin' Bird" (everybody's heard about The Bird) by The Trashmen, you'd think that they were straight out of the southern California coast surfin' scene.  However, The Trashmen were from that early 60's hotbed of instrumental surf rock of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Kinda like this next surfy longroof with fake wood and a board on top.  Find this 1973 AMC Hornet Wagon for sale in Williamstown, NJ for $9,500 via craigslist.
Tip from Cory.


The Hornet was AMC's replacement for the Rambler American.  It made its debut in the market in 1970 as an American response to the growing sales of imports.  In 1971 AMC, debuted a 4 door wagon, called the Sportabout and in 1973 the Hornet lineup received federally mandated 5 mph crash bumpers.  This example has had them either removed or painted and tucked.  The '73 Hornet was powered by the 3.8 liter "Torque Command" inline 6 producing around 100 horse.


Inside, the interior looks ok, but it is hard to tell from the one Blair Winch Project photo.


From the seller's shouty ad:

CLEAN 1973 AMC HORNET 
6 CYLINDER AUTOMATIC TRANS
83,000 ORIGINAL MILES
BUMPERS CUSTOM FIT 
NEW PAINT
CLEAN INTERIOR
MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE

PICK UP ONLY

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Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.

4 comments:

  1. This has a great look for sure. It always cracks me up when a surfboard is used as a decoration on a car. 9 out of 10 times they are put on backwards. Typically the fins go in the front if you are really going surfing.
    Don't care though, this is sure Kool.

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  2. AMC did have the cool car names- Marlin, Matador, Hornet, Gremlin, Javelin, Rebel (and some not so great- Pacer, Concord,...)

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  3. Not the Gucci version of the Sportabout
    [image src="http://highroads.az.aaa.com/sites/default/files/styles/original/public/Side_Gucci.jpg" width="400px"/].

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