One of the greatest joys of being a barn finder is making new discoveries. You never know what car you might find and it might be something you've never even heard of before. Almost every day we find something that we didn't know about. Today we learned about a variant of AMC's Hornet that we had never seen before, the 1971 Hornet SC/360. This rare AMC was pulled from a barn about 8 years ago and moved to the current owner's garage in Strongsville, Ohio. They have decided to sell the car and it can be found here on the Cleveland, Ohio Craigslist.
At the beginning of 1970, muscle cars were at their pinnacle, but that was about to start changing. By the end of the year, government regulation, insurance rate hikes, and a new social climate took its toll on the muscle car market. AMC saw this as an opportunity to introduce a smaller sports car that could avoid some of the penalties, but still be fun to drive. So the SC/360 was born, but only 784 of these Super Coupes were built.
When this car was found in 2004, it had a blown engine. The seller installed a new engine and got the car running. They claim the car had been used for racing, which could explain the stripped down engine bay. The 360 cui V8 came in two versions, the base which had 245 hp and the "Go" package with 285 hp. We aren't sure which version this car is, but given the Ram Air hood, we would guess it was a "Go" car.
Finding parts for this car can be a challenge, as there were many parts specific to the SC/360. The seller changed some of the original pieces, but has kept the parts they've replaced. These parts are included at their asking price, but they will knock $2,000 off if you don't want them. Given the difficulty of finding correct parts, we would spend the extra to get them.
There are a few SC/360 clones floating around, but it's easy to determine if the car is the real deal or not by looking at the VIN. The seller's asking price seems to be on the high side for a car without its original running engine in it. It may be worth holding out for one with its numbers matching engine to come to market. What do you think? Would you wait for another one to surface, grab this one, or go for something a little easier to get parts for?