It happened again. Grad school has sucked me into a vortex of projects, deadlines, and tests. What are you gonna do? Anywho, I’m taking a break tonight to showcase what, for me, is one of the great forgotten cars of the recent past.
It’s slow. It’s brown. It’s inefficient. It’s hopeless outdated. It’s awesome.
Today’s Wagon Wednesday submission is brought to you by the 1980’s. And by the 1980’s, I mean the 1970’s. Like an Elton John song that just didn’t know when to stop, the Eagle was based on Concord, which itself was based on the old Hornet platform. AMC certainly knew how to ssstretch a dollar, and they got almost 20 years out of it. Most pickup chassis don’t even last that long.
Like a lot of products that were ahead of their time, the Eagle Wagon was the best at what it did and was innovative beyond what any other manufacturer could conceive. While GM was churning out A-bodies and G-bodies by the dozens, and Ford was busy thinking of different ways to make a station wagon, AMC quietly offered buyers an alternative, something no other manufacturer had ever done, nor would do until the first crossovers hit the market years later.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I can’t even see much rust on this beautiful brown machine. That makes it a cut above every 30-year old pickup on the road today, at least around here. The Eagle Wagon was a poor man’s crossover before there was such a thing. It was affordable and practical even when new, and today, it’s still a poor man’s crossover, if you’re lucky enough to own one. Eagle Wagons are still pretty cheap, and aren’t appreciating much right now, so it’s a good time to buy. This one can be yours for a pretty good price.
What do you think of the Eagle Wagon? Let us know in the comments.
[Source: Springfield Craigslist]
For even more Eagle goodness, check out this great overview of the AMC Eagle Wagon.