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Hooniverse Two-Door Tuesday – A 1978 AMC Concord D/L with the Heart of an Audi!

Jim Brennan July 17, 2012 For Sale 30 Comments

Yea I know, this is suppose to be Two-Wheel Tuesday, but I decided to showcase this Two-Door AMC Concord. So what the hell… It’s Two-Door Tuesday. I found this over at the “Brown Car Appreciation Society” Facebook page, and the shades of brown matched our “Classic Caption Posting” Matador this week. Bonus is the installed engine from the factory, an Audi 2 Liter 4-Cylinder!

According to the listing:

For sale 1978 AMC Concord D/L 2 door, was sold new by my grandfathers AMC dealership, my Dad’s the 3 owner, rear seat was never set on, the car was special order with an 121 Audi 4 Cylinder motor, first owner want a car with good gas mileage, gets about 28 miles to the gallon, my Mom and Dad showed the all the time they owned it, it has won Sr in AACA, and is a SR car in AMO, missed best of show its last time out by 1/2 point, the reason my Dad is selling the car is he is getting older and doesnt want to spend all day cleaning the car at shows, and he also just bought a 67 Ambassador convertible, that he can just go to show with me and my kids just wipe it down and its done, the car has 34,000 mile all original, we put a new timing belt in the motor just because of the age, it has Power Streering, Power Disc Front Brakes, it has a 2 tone paint from the factory Sand Tan and Golden Ginger, has a half Vinyl top, it has Leather seats, AM/FM Radio Tilt Streering, new head Liner, Mag Aluim Wheels big factory center caps, car is in excellant shape and ready to drive and show.

Top bid so far is $2,275, with an unmet reserve. How much do you think this will go for, and would you want it? These cars are extremely rare, as the take up rate for the 2.0L was next to nothing on the Concord. This car has one thing against it; The fact that there is no A/C, but so what? Look at it! Better yet, look at the listing, and tell me you wouldn’t want this Malaise Era AMC.

  • CJinSD

    IIIRC, the fuel injected version of this engine made 95 hp in the US Porsche 924. This one probably makes quite a bit less. Throw in the automatic transmission and c3,200 lb curb weight, and I think this might not be the most 'spirit'ed drive.

    • dukeisduke

      Since the carb has four air cleaner studs, I'm guessing it's a Holley/Weber, like a 5210. Probably more reliable than the FI on the 924.

      • Yep, Holley 5210 with all of 80HP and an estimated 0-60 time of only 18 seconds. For comparison a 304 V-8 Concorde could do 0-60 in 12.5 seconds with 130HP.

        Go here and play around if you want to waste the rest of your day: http://www.automobile-catalog.com/auta_perf1.php#

    • Now you know why it took 34 years to go 34,000 miles. He had it floored the whole time.

  • OOOH, the build quality of an AMC and the reliability of an Audi! What could possibly go wrong?

    • I wish I could +1 this one more time.

    • Even if it does, you'd look damn good standing on the side of the road next to that stylish Concord.

  • Devin

    A late model AMC Concord might explain my frequently strange taste in cars. Let me explain.

    As a boy, my parents had a Ford F-150 and an Olds 98. However, my grandmother also had a car, and lived next to us, and that was an '81 AMC Concord, in orange, with a brown vinyl roof and an orange interior. Thing is, she didn't have her license, the car was bought new by my granddad and she just never sold it after he died, and the car just sat there and we never really drove it. Which, somehow, made me completely fascinated by it. After all, getting to go somewhere in the AMC was rare, and so that gave it some sort of weird special quality that going in the (objectively better) Olds 98 didn't have.

    I later was afraid of the Olds because it had a spectacular mechanical failure and I was convinced it would explode, and then my brother wrecked it anyway, but that's an aside. When the Olds bit it, we drove the AMC a lot more until we found something else, and I realized why we didn't ever drive it – it was kind of terrible, and fragile since I broke the passenger door. But then again, for a few years it looked likely that it would be my car when I hit 16, so I sort of became attached to it again. Then it went to my cousin and I got an old Civic, which was probably the best result, but the eventual point is that I had spent most of my childhood fascinated by a fairly odd orange sedan that wasn't especially common and had its fair share of quirks. And now I'm generally fascinated by odd vehicles with quirks. Had granddad been a fan of anything other than AMC I might have conventional tastes, so thanks granddad.

    Also, ours had a center front seat belt but no actual center front seat. Since I was the youngest in a big family, I was often relegated to the not seat. That was very uncomfortable, if you're curious.

  • MVEilenstein

    Great-looking car. That's about all I can say about it.

  • foxy

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  • I think the parents of the seller were surprised by him/her taking a photo when they pulled up after an evening out.

    • Devin

      Well he's planning on throwing them in with the car so they're justifiably concerned.

  • RichardKopf

    I guess that if you're going to go with raised white letter tires, you may as well just stick to Radial T/As.

    • JayP2112

      ROAD REBEL… I kinda like it.

    • UDman

      I would probably substitute a set of Coker White Stripe Radials, with the period correct stripe.

      • RichardKopf

        Oh yeah. I am not a fan of RWL.

  • dukeisduke

    The listing says it has power front disc brakes, but I don't see a booster.

  • I'll hold out for a Concorde Sundancer convertible.
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    About 200 of these were sold through AMC dealers.

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  • Kogashiwa

    Actually I wonder how hard a swap to a 10v turbo five would be.

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