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The original crossover: The AMC Eagle.  This blue-over-blue four door we found posted on Thursday here on Craigslist in Sunbury, Pennsylvania is the first four sedan version we’ve featured on GwR.  The current caretaker for the past five years is currently asking $5,000 but she is open to reasonable offers.  The NADA Guides Online Classic Tool  currently lists the “Low”, “Average” and “High” retail values for these vehicles as $5,775, $9,700, and $15,200, respectively so the private seller Tracey has their example nicely priced.  If you’re serious about this vehicle, you can contact Tracey by phone at 570-863-8174 or via e-mail.

American Motors Corporation (“AMC”) produced its compact-sized four-wheel-drive passenger vehicles from 1979 through 1987 when Chrysler bought the company.  By the late 1970s, the last independent American car manufacturer AMC struggled to compete against the onslaught of Japanese imports with its Pacer and other aging compacts.  In a moment of brilliance thirty years ahead of its time, AMC predicted consumers would embrace a vehicle with the comfort of an automobile, but the ride height and foul-weather capabilities of a four-wheel-drive utility vehicle.  While the company had no money to develop a new car, AMC was able to leverage their knowledge from the Jeep’s Quadra-Trac four wheel drive system to develop a powertrain they could fit underneath their already decade old Hornet (by that point rebadged as the Concord) and Gremlin platforms.  Launched in August 1979 as 1980 models, AMC Eagles were the only four-wheel-drive passenger cars produced in the U.S. at the time. Consumers saw they were affordable cars offering a comfortable ride and handling on pavement together with superior traction in light off road use.  Ironically, while the rear wheel drive Concord and Gremlin were not seen as fuel efficient, the four wheel drive Eagle versions fared well against traditional truck-based SUVs of the day.  Sadly, Chrysler elected not to continue Eagle production after the 1987 model year.  Good luck with the purchase!

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