Le Project: 1980 Renault Le Car

Who remembers the Renault Le Car? It was the little French automobile that was really a Renault 5 that was rebranded and sold through American Motors dealers in the 1970s and 1980s. Though popular on its home turf, it… more»

30-Year Barn Dweller: 1959 AMC Metropolitan

The Metropolitan was an English car intended for the U.S. market. Nearly 100,000 were imported between 1953 and 1961, giving the VW Beetle some competition. They were interesting little cars that fascinated me for some reason back in the… more»

Round Two: 1977 AMC Hornet With 21,000 Miles

Barn Finds journalist Scotty Gilberton covered this low-mileage 1977 AMC Hornet four-door sedan in February when it was listed on eBay. It’s now here on craigslist, with a price of $11,900 after failing to sell at a high bid of… more»

Red and Black Beauty: 1966 AMC Ambassador DPL

We’ve featured several well-preserved 1966 AMC Ambassador DPL’s (short for Diplomat) here on Barn Finds including this one. Last August, fellow staff writer Russ Dixon did a nice job of spotlighting this most attractive AMC and it sold for… more»

“Sporty” 4×4 Six Cylinder: 1981 AMC Eagle SX/4 Survivor

The gas crisis subdued many an automaker, and that goes doubly for American Motors. By the late 1970s, its thirsty Jeep brand was hanging on for dear life. Without time to maneuver into better financial condition, the company cobbled… more»

44K Miles: 1981 AMC Spirit Liftback

AMC made the Spirit from 1979 to 1983 as a replacement series for the former Gremlin. The Gremlin never came with a sloping hatchback or liftback, and I wonder what may have looked like (insert dream sequence here). The… more»

Cross Country Project: 1965 Rambler Ambassador

Beginning in the late 1950s, the Ambassador was resurrected as American Motors’ top-of-the-line automobile. At times, it was a mid-size with fancy trim, while at others it strived to compete as a full-size product. This 1965 Ambassador is the… more»

Cross Country Beauty! 1962 Rambler American

The Rambler American was the forerunner in the compact car market which swept through U.S. automakers in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Studebaker would follow with the Lark in 1959, Ford with the Falcon in 1960, and the… more»

AMC Project Wagon: 1960 Rambler Cross Country

Nash-Kelvinator Corp. and Hudson Motor Car Co. merged in 1954 to form American Motors. One of the first outputs from that partnership was the 1956-60 Rambler Six and Rambler Eight, cars with the same bodies but different engines. The… more»

Assortment of AMC AMX Projects

American Motors introduced the AMX in 1968 as a GT-style performance machine. It was a derivative of the new Javelin “pony car” with 12 inches taken out in the wheelbase to create a 2-seater. The car was in production… more»

Parked 16 Years: 1969 AMC Ambassador SST 390

Every time I see a photo like this, I wonder how many nice old vehicles are still hidden away, there must be thousands of them just waiting for someone to come along and make them an offer they can’t… more»

V8 Project: 1975 AMC Gremlin X

The Gremlin was the quirky-looking (and named) car created by American Motors in 1970. Its purpose was to compete against the likes of imports and their soon-to-arrive U.S.-built counterparts. But it was really a compact Hornet with a shortened… more»

Needs Work: 1977 AMC Hornet

American Motors would resurrect the Hornet name for its all-new compact in 1970, replacing the aging Rambler American. The car would remain in production through 1977 before morphing into the Concord the next season. This last-year Hornet looks good… more»

First Year Example: 1968 AMC Javelin SST

April 17th, 1964, is the day that Ford created a monster. That was when it lifted the covers from its new Mustang, started a sales frenzy, and created a new market niche, the pony car. Every manufacturer looked enviously… more»

Mini-Muscle: 1977 AMC Gremlin

There seems to be a contingent of us here at Barn Finds that enjoy oddball cars. I’m among that group but point my preference toward those cars that look odd but teeter on the edge of cool. This 1977… more»

Freshly Rebuilt V8! 1974 AMC Javelin

In 1974, two manufacturers and three brands got out of the “pony car” business. Citing a downward spiral in demand, American Motors, Plymouth, and Dodge all pulled out of the space. Usually last place in sales, the Javelin outsold… more»