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Would You Make Room for an Eagle?

Posted February 04, 2011 9:00 AM by dstrohl

The four-wheel drive AMC Eagle was a last stab by American Motors Corporation (AMC) to re-purpose the Hornet platform and thus cling to life. As far as Eagles go, however, 1986 wasn't much of a standout year.

In fact, all the interesting variants on the Eagle theme had come and gone by that time (SX/4, Kammback, Inaugural Edition), leaving just the Eagle station wagon and four-door sedan, which didn't much change from the 1985 models – only an open (versus viscous) transfer case and non-lockup torque converter were really new this year. The sales figures continued their progressive slide: 1,274 sedans and 6,943 wagons. In comparison, AMC sold nearly nine times as many Encores and Alliances that year.

Doubtless these cars are unique, and some would even call them significant, but we want to know where they sit with you. As we posed the question last week, in your dream garage devoted to 1986 vehicles, would you make room for an Eagle? Or would you pass for something else? And if not an Eagle, then what 1986 vehicle would you go for?

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02/05/2011 4:52 PM

I would LOVE to get the AMC Concord back, it was great cars.

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02/05/2011 7:28 PM

The Eagle was COOL! I think the SX/4 should have stayed. AMC had few good 4 cylinders, but they could have supercharged/turbo'd even the "Iron Duke" for a little more umph. For others, the Merkur XR4Ti was very cool, although many wanted one for less, plus 4-whl disc. The Sierra in Europe was a great car (based on Merkur) The Mustange SVO should have also been available as a convertible. Also, the Taurus SHO's v-6 should have been available through-out the line. A SHO-engined mustang/Merkur/Thunderbird...any would have been GREAT! That's IT! a "SHO" in a concord hatchback--AWESOME!

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02/07/2011 11:08 PM

I had an Eagle and we would use it to pull big logs out of the woods down a muddy jeep trail, then load a canoe on top and drive cross country.

Best electric leather seats ever and great for long cruising.

Heavy though and the gas mileage wasn't too great, maybe 20 on the highway with the straight six in it. Awesome car ahead of it's time.

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