Now here’s a real classic (in our sense of the word) and a candidate for the pantheon of all things Hoon. This is none other than an AMC Concord station wagon, which I saw for sale some time ago in Connecticut. Sadly, this fine machine is no longer for sale, though I hope the owner decided to not part with it after all.
These were made for just 6 short years and came in several forms, ranging from a 2-door coupe to a 4-door station wagon. Back then AMC’s market share hovered just above 1% (a fact not fully appreciated today) which is about equal to the market share enjoyed by Volvo for the past few years. But American Motors made up for that measly share of the market by offering some truly, umm, interesting packaging solutions.
At a time when “personal luxury coupes” occupied a footprint greater than that of a Ford Expedition, AMC was busy making cars that really were compact, and often offered in AWD. It was an interesting approach, and with AMC’s closure/merger/liquidation this niche was quickly occupied by Subaru in the states. This Concord is quite compact even by today’s standards, seeming just a bit smaller in size than a Mercedes-Benz W203 estate.
These enjoy a dedicated enthusiast following, especially in the northeast and the northwest. A few years ago I saw at least a few at a ski resort in out west, and now that I think about, I can’t really come up with a better ironic/occasional car to keep at a ski lodge for the winters.
The example here is 1980 model or later, as that was when AMC switched over to quad sealed-beams on the Concord. The car received small styling tweaks almost every year. The Concord left production in 1983, though the Eagle continued on for another four years. This segment in AMC’s lineup was replaced by the Renault Medallion, a car that is for all intents and purposes extinct in the US. As in: even Renault Alliance owners don’t know anyone who has one.
Let’s see a show of hands, who’s seen a Renault Medallion within the last five years, and who’s seen an AMC Concord?