$2,500! 1982 AMC Concord DL Wagon

Have any of you flown on the Concorde SST? As in, the supersonic airplane that is no longer in service? I’m guessing that it was a bit quicker and more posh of a ride than this 1982 AMC Concord DL Wagon is. But, the $2,500 asking price for this Concord is a fraction of what just one seat for one flight on the Concorde was. This ground-dweller is on Craigslist in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ouch, that tail light lens is AWOL and it looks like it may have taken a hit but there is no mention of it in the ad. Although, in a rare breach of Craigslist’s unofficial lack-of-information etiquette policy, the seller has listed the VIN! And, there are also plenty of good photos so you can assess the condition even if they don’t mention things like a broken tail light lens. Well done, seller! The other side looks good, hopefully your local salvage yard, or someone on eBay, will have a replacement lens.

This car is from an estate and it has had exactly one owner until now. Other than that broken tail light lens it really does look like it’s in nice shape. AMC made the Concord, which of course is based on their Hornet, from 1978 until 1983 when sales dropped like an olive from a Concorde SST passenger’s martini after the company introduced the Alliance, made in partnership with Renault.

The interior is almost worthy of the often overused (by me) phrase: “time capsule”. The back seat is in spectacular condition as is the vast majority of the interior, at least from what the photos show. A good, thorough cleaning is in order, but that’s always the case when you buy a used vehicle. This car has an automatic transmission designed by our friends at Chrysler and according to the seller it was rebuilt in 2009. This car also has AC but there is no word on if it still works or not, I’m assuming not since it’s an estate car and it may have been sitting for a while.

This is AMC’s 4.2L 258 cubic-inch inline-six with 110 hp and the big feature for 1982 was the use of a serpentine belt. I know, right! This isn’t the most exciting car ever seen on the pages of Barn Finds, but it’s 35 years old now, it’s inexpensive, and it’s in great condition. It’s also quirky enough to appeal to those of us who like quirky vehicles and useful enough for those who really need the space that a Concord Wagon provides. Quirky and useful, that’s a great combo! That almost sounds like me, other than the useful part. Are there any former or current AMC Concord Wagon owners out there?


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  1. Stephen

    “A good, thorough cleaning is in order, but that’s always the case when you buy a used vehicle.”

    Not if the previous owner cared about the car. How can you believe anything said about a car if they won’t even vacuum the interior?

    • JW

      I agree, even if it’s a piece of crap Junker I’m selling I make it as presentable as possible to the buyer, common sense if you want to sell it quickly.

  2. Scot Douglas

    I’d drive it. :)

  3. CCFisher

    The CL ad calls it a “classic.” Not sure I’d go that far, but it’s definitely something that will stand out at cars & coffee. If it were closer, I’d go take a look.

  4. Sanity

    I had a 78 fastback 79 wagon and 80. Coupe…all nice driving dependable to a fault cars…258 six is bulletproof w occasional valve cover gasket replacement…2500 that car will outlive most new cars today…id rock it for sure….

    • Dennis M

      I agree, the 258 is a sweet runner and virtually indestructible! I was an AMC/Jeep field rep when this one was new and the Concord (and Eagle) wagons were nice rides.

      I was rolling 5k miles a month in those days and a Concord wagon was probably the third choice for a field car after a Grand Wagoneer or Cherokee Chief.

  5. Shane

    About 10 years ago I bought a two-tone 1981 Concord wagon with burgundy interior. It was so comfortable.

    I paid $900 Canadian for it and drove it for 2 years. It had 150,000 KM on it and ran great. I did a drive to Edmonton from Vancouver Island. I dropped the back seats and camped in it along the way.

    I loved that car. Of all the vehicles I’ve ever owned, that’s the only one I regret selling.

  6. Frank Opalka

    I flew on Concorde as part of my job as Air Courier London Heathrow to NYC,fast, afterburners, good wine and food.

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    • Frank Opalka

      65,000 feet

  7. Tim Rusling

    I had a ’78 Concord Touring wagon, same color, years ago. I do like any of the Hornet-based cars. We’ve had a dozen AMC cars in the family. I still have two Pacers.

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  8. chad

    great motor/fine package –
    no AWD?
    (the eagle below it IS
    as R the falcon’n honda
    below me)!

  9. Woodie Man

    One of the oddest and awkward designs of an awkward design era….the Seventies. Actually hideous would be a word better applied to most Seventies iron.

    That said those front seats look mighty comfortable. For the price you cant go wrong. I just cant seem myself driving it…I’m more of a Aston DB5 kinda guy lol

  10. Tom Driscoll

    My mother bought an AMC hairnet new, ok car but never rode right (too stiff), dealer determined the factory had put the wrong springs in the car and replaced them…ride improved a little bit, but never seemed quite right.

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