Lacking Love: 1982 AMC Eagle 4×4 Wagon – Sold?

Mar 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

April 6, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

It’s no secret we’re fans of AMC’s Eagle 4x4s, so we like to post them every chance we get.  Our latest Classifind was a 1982 example the current caretaker reported “needs some love” that we originally came across in March 2021 on Craigslist in nearby Hillsborough, New Jersey for $5,000 or best offer.  The Collector Car Market Review confirms the current asking price falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $4,225 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $6,725.

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.

This modern review of the AMC Eagle 4×4 Wagon is a great look back by the Automoments YouTube Channel:

The faded woodgrain and presence of dashboard air conditioning vents hint this Eagle is a well-optioned model.  From what we can tell, the only thing preventing this Eagle from flying again is to have a vinyl wrap shop replace the faded faux wood sides as well as a complete detail. There are no pictures of the engine, but it’s safe to assume the virtually bullet-proof and cheap to repair 258 cubic inch inline-six provides power in this car. 

Here’s the seller’s brief description:

“1982 AMC Eagle 4×4 Wagon. Runs and drives well but definitely in need of some love. call or text with any questions.

Restore or Drive As-Is: what would you do with this AMC Eagle?  Comment below and let us know!

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