1983 AMC Eagle: Too Far Ahead Of Its Time?

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Who in their right mind would buy a station wagon with four-wheel drive? That's probably what the competitors of doomed AMC had to say back in the Late Malaise Era.

Of course, we all know now that you pretty much need AWD to negotiate your typical shopping mall parking lot, so maybe Chrysler made a mistake by killing off the Eagle soon after gobbling up AMC in 1987. Could Chrysler have beat Subaru at its own game, had they only kept developing the Eagle?

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It's always surprising to see how much love there is for these cars. As a kid, I thought they were so ugly that I always felt embarrassed for the people driving them. On the other hand, it seems like they'll go farther offroad than the RAV4s and CRVs that stand in for them today.