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Rare Rides: The First-ever Crossover – a 1987 AMC Eagle Wagon

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The Rare Rides collection has dabbled in AMC beforehand, cataloging a number of the enjoyable concepts generated by the great individuals of Kenosha, Wisconsin. We’ve featured the posh targa Harmony Sundancer, the unrealized Van, a baroque Matador Barcelona, and the Renault-by-AMC Alliance GTA. However none of these represents the AMC model fairly in addition to in the present day’s Rare Experience. It’s a pre-CUV crossover. An expensive Subaru Outback, earlier than there was such a factor.

It’s in fact an Eagle four×four wagon, wanting Restricted in black over tan.

Launched for the 1980 mannequin yr, AMC’s Eagle was a full range of automobiles. Physique types included 4 totally different two-doorways: coupe, liftback, hatchback, and convertible. There have been additionally two 4-door fashions: sedan and wagon. As typical, AMC was all about saving money, and the Eagle lineup was no exception: most fashions have been, beneath, variants of the Harmony that debuted again in 1978.

The exceptions have been the smaller SX/four and Kammback fashions. These fashions have been two liftbacks based mostly on the Spirit — a car which rode on a revised 1970 Gremlin platform.

Beneath all Eagles was rear-wheel drive, or optionally available 4-wheel drive. Forward of their time, AMC provided 4-wheel drive on most of its passenger automobiles within the Nineteen Eighties. In contrast to different modern producers that mandated a guide transmission with their 4-wheel drive automobiles, AMC provided an non-compulsory three-velocity TorqueFlite automated.

Clients who have been shifting-inclined might have both a 4- or 5-velocity guide of their numerous Eagles. Talking of varied, engine decisions have been both an AMC inline-4, GM’s Iron Duke, a turbodiesel unit from VM Motori, or the four.2-liter inline six current in right now’s instance.

On the time, Eagles have been the one American-produced passenger automobiles outfitted with 4-wheel drive. Offering the consolation of a standard street car, however the functionality of a 4-wheel drive utility, AMC didn’t have a catchy advertising acronym to make use of in its promoting.

Was it a cross-function vehicle, a CPV? Sure. Subaru was enjoying a comparable recreation on a smaller scale, however the easy, agricultural GL wagon didn’t have the refinement, journey peak, size, or luxurious desired by center-market America. On the different finish of the size, AMC’s Jeep model already provided the bigger and extra luxurious Grand Wagoneer for the properly-heeled utility buyer. Eagle soared down the center of the canyon (street) towards suburbia with its numerous choices.

Although the Eagle discovered a buyer base, it was not sufficient to save lots of the often-ailing AMC model. The firm and its engaging Jeep properties have been able to be swallowed up by Chrysler. In truth, the previous few months of Eagle manufacturing, This fall of 1987, happened beneath Chrysler administration on the Brampton, Ontario plant.

At present’s Rare Experience is the highest-trim Restricted mannequin from 1987. Pretty in strong black and with out a trace of exterior wooden tone, this one’s completed one hundred thirty,000 miles. At present listed on eBay, bidding has sat round $5,one hundred for a day or in order of writing. That quantity continues to be beneath the reserve, however they don’t come up on this situation fairly often.

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