Grandmas always make the best cookies and give the best hugs. And as Nice Price or Crack Pipe has discovered, they also have the best AMC Eagles.
Yesterday we took a turn to the dark side, but the mystery of the turd-like Rot Rod Miata was easily unraveled - you all deduced the owner to be a freak, and feted his freakdom with a 85% Crack Pipe vote. Good work people, get yourselves a Scooby snack.
Today we're going over the river and through the woods to grandma's house, and Granny's 1986 AMC Eagle will make that trip all the easier.
The Concord-based Eagle arrived in 1979 as a 1980 model, and took the honor of being the first full-time all wheel drive production car (discounting the 320 Jensen FFs built), providing AMC with a stay of execution. The Eagle uses a single-speed transfer case with a viscous coupling to smoothly shift power to the end with the most traction. The rear end is a live axle with a 2.73 final drive, and the front is a novel independent setup where the differential is bolted to the engine and half shafts carry power to the wheels via double cardans. Engine choices included the AMC 2.5-litre four, their 4.2-litre straight six, and for a time, GMs craptacular Iron Duke 151-cid wheezer. The most common trnsmission choice was the Chrysler's A998-based 3-speed automatic, but manuals could be had as well.
It would unlikely to expect grandma to row her own, so, as the seller of this '86 Eagle Wagon notes that he is selling it for his Maw-Maw, it comes as no surprise that it's sporting only two pedals. Fortunately, it also has the 4.2-litre six, which is good for 110-ponies. In 1986, AMC dropped the lock-up torque converter from the car, and added an open differential transfer case. There were 6,943 wagons built that year. A common problem with the Eagle is right-rear axle failures, but they're easy and cheap to fix.
Aside from the radio, this Eagle scouts out as complete and functional. The 97,000 miles under its tires look like they've been gentle ones, and that's not too many for a 23 year old car. Then there's that price. It's possible grandma is still living in the past, and that works to the buyer's favor as the asking price is from a bygone era as well. At $2,700, this car is in the realm of an impulse purchase. Not only that but there's at least three Jalopnikadians here whose eyes have bugged out, and whose jaws have dropped on their keyboards just at the sight of the car. But, is it really a deal?
What do you think about $2,700 for a 23 year old Eagle? Does that price fill you with all the warmth of a grandma's hug? Or, does that make you think that granny's on crack?
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