Innovation in automotive engineering has brought us some interesting creations over the years. One car company broke ground in the 1980s with a unique family sedan (and wagon) equipped with a 4×4 drivetrain to deliver passenger-car comfort, better fuel economy than trucks or sport utility vehicles, and all-weather capability.
It’s been more than 30 years since AMC – which stood for American Motors Corporation – went defunct in 1988. What started as a merger of Nash-Kelvinator and the Hudson Motor Company in 1954 evolved through a series of organizational changes and had a diverse product lineup with some unusual entries over the course of its lifetime.
One such oddball creation was the “lifted” four-wheel-drive sedan and station wagon called the Eagle. It’s a car that’s hard to miss, if not a little awkward on the eyes.
The Pick of the Day is a 1984 AMC Eagle sedan that could very well be among the last-remaining, and best-kept, Eagles still on the road. The car was owned by an AMC executive for the first part of its life, spending most of those early years in Arizona, according to the dealership in Jefferson, Wisconsin, advertising the Eagle on ClassicCars.com. There is supporting documentation available to validate this car’s unique ownership history, the dealer adds.
The AMC is powered by a 258 cid inline-6 engine and equipped with AMC’s “select drive” four-wheel drive, which was improved in 1984 to allow for shift-on-the-fly.
The seller states that the Eagle has recently received work to the suspension, exhaust, brakes and tires.
“This car has been given every opportunity to survive,” the seller states. “It was undercoated when new, it was executive driven, and it spent many years in Arizona. It is completely original and in great condition.”
The interior looks nice in the photos, and even the vinyl roof has withstood the test of time.
Just four years after this Eagle hit the marketplace, AMC was renamed in 1988 as the Jeep Eagle Corporation, and the organization in 1990 became part of the Chrysler Corporation. According to the Eagle Enthusiast site “Eagle’s Den,” just 4,241 four-door sedans like this one were produced for the 1984 model year.
The dealership is asking $7,995 for this rare bird.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.