Grocery Getter: 1985 AMC Eagle 4WD Wagon – STILL $10,800

by | Sep 2021 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

September 11, 2021 Update – We just spotted a fresh listing for this AMC Eagle we first featured in August. The description, pictures, and price all remain the same.

In the latest installment of one of our favorite long roofs of all time, we came across this silver and burgundy two-tone, 197K original mile, 1985 AMC Eagle four-wheel-drive station wagon currently listed here on Craigslist in Glen Cove, New York (Long Island) for $10,800.  Comparing that price against the values shown in the Collector Car Market Place Valuation Tool for a similar 1983 model reveals the seller’s ask is a bit optimistic as it’s nine hundred dollars higher than this guide’s #1 “Excellent” estimate of $10,000.

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 the 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.

The Auto Moments YouTube Channel provides a great history of these innovative, ahead-of-their-time wagons using a similar 1986 example:

Based upon the limited pictures provided, this AMC Eagle’s condition seems to contradict its 197,000 original miles. Then again, after 38 years that kind of mileage averages out to about five thousand annually, which makes sense for a car that likely spent its whole life on Long Island.  If you are serious about buying this classic AMC Eagle, you can start the conversation by calling the seller at (718) 568-7859. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Eagle featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s brief description:

“1985 AMC EAGLE 4WD
RATE FIND
MINT CONDITION
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Show or go: what would you do with this AMC Eagle Survivor?  Comment below and let us know!

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