75k Original Miles: 1983 AMC Eagle

This 1983 AMC Eagle is a wonderfully clean and tidy vehicle with a mere 75,000 miles showing on the odometer. It is nicely equipped and appears to be a car that is ready to be driven and enjoyed. It is another great offering from AMC, a company that seemed to be able to achieve some impressive cars on minuscule development budgets. I really have to thank Barn Finder Pat L for referring this great 1980s classic to us. Located in New Baltimore, Michigan, you will find the Eagle listed for sale here on Craigslist. The owner is asking $5,700 for this clean classic.

You really can’t help but have a certain level of admiration for AMC. Their development budgets were always pretty low, but their ability to turn out some really interesting and innovative vehicles was second to none. The Eagle is a great example of this, and this particular car is in extremely nice condition. The Olympic White and Dark Brown paint appear to be well preserved, and there are no signs of any rust issues. The trim, chrome, and glass, all look to be in top-notch order, and it’s pretty hard to find much to be critical of when you look the car over. The owner states that the underside of the Eagle is just as clean and solid as the exterior is.

The interior presentation of the Eagle is nearly as good as that of the exterior, with only some wear on the driver’s seat and fading on the carpet giving any real indication of the vehicle’s age. The rest of the trim and plastic is in very nice condition, and there is little that would need to be addressed inside the car. It has also been quite nicely equipped, with features such as power windows, power locks, a power trunk release, air conditioning, remote mirrors, and an AM/FM stereo radio all part of the package.

When you start thinking about the mechanical side of the Eagle, it doesn’t sound like the next owner is going to be faced with too many problems or worries. The 258ci six-cylinder engine is in good condition, as is the 3-speed “Torque Command” transmission. The AMC recently received new tires and brake pads, along with new plugs and plug wires, and the original plastic valve cover was replaced with an aluminum one. The owner has undertaken a few longer trips in the car in recent times, and not only hasn’t it missed a beat, but it has returned 24mpg. He claims that every mechanical aspect of the Eagle, including the four-wheel-drive system, works exactly as it should.

If you look at the Eagle today, you can start to appreciate just how innovative AMC was when they produced that model. It was essentially America’s first true “crossover” vehicle and was decades ahead of its time. Today it still stacks-up as a pretty good package, and I can think of plenty of worse cars that you could choose to park in your driveway. This one really is a tempting and practical classic that could easily be used as a daily driver, or in its current condition, would start plenty of conversations at the next Cars & Coffee.


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  1. dcowan

    Love it. I would buy it in a heartbeat if I thought my fiancé would actually let me keep it lol

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  2. PatrickM

    This is a great mid-sized car. AMC was truly ahead of its time, with this, the AMX and Javelin. I am very surprised that AMC folded. So many of us in our ’60’s and ’70’s are asking why we didn’t pay closer attention. The engines were rugged, handling was good, etc. Sure wish they were around today. Best of everything to seller and new owner.

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    • Robert L Roberge

      I don’t think “fold” is the correct term. They were “absorbed” mainly because of Jeep.

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      • Tom Justice

        That is the correct term. Interesting that Chrysler took them to get the Jeep and it was Jeep sales that gave Chrysler time to get the loans and start making the minivan. So, I supposed you could say AMC saved Chrysler.

  3. djjerme

    My wife learned to drive on one of these – except Brown!

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  4. Richard Gugenberger

    My Parents had one of these in a wagon , one great car !

  5. w9bag

    My friend had one of these a few years ago. Silver & maroon. A really great car. We took it to a a very wet corn field to see how the 4WD worked. We could not get this car stuck. We tried and tried. We managed to get it stuck in 2WD. Flipped the switch, and she just walked away. I would really like to have a “Limited” wagon. Love these !

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  6. Ian C

    Extremely nice car for the money. I don’t see how you could go wrong all things considered. I would be proud to have it in my driveway.

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  7. Stevieg

    I believe Chrysler was already making the minivan by the time they purchased AMC. Iacocca did very well with Chrysler, saved an icon from going under. Too bad AMC died.

  8. Greg

    This would look so awesome being towed behind our motorhome…but I don’t believe they can be flat towed…no transfer case neutral. But the car is a jewel anyway.

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