Time Capsule Coupe: 1980 AMC Concord

This survivor-grade AMC Concord is a late-production model, featuring the optional 4.2L inline-six and less than 70,000 original miles. Although no mention is made of its history or any sort of mechanical issues, the only obvious flaw is a saggy headliner. These handsome coupes are hard to find today and are a nice change of pace from the 4WD models AMC was known for. Find it here on craigslist for $3,300 near New Haven, Connecticut. 

More opulence was on the menu for the 1980 model, with vinyl roof treatments and more power features available as options. This Concord makes do with manual crank windows and non-power seats, but the chrome trim and new-for-1980 horizontal bar grill all look sharp. Ziebart rust protection was made standard in 1980, which helps explain why this Concord remains in such a high state of preservation.

The interior still presents as-new, and aside from the aforementioned drooping headliner, there’s not much to fault here. The Concord was born out of a need to compete with increasingly competent products from Japanese automakers, and compared to its domestic competitors at the time, the Concord looks leaps and bounds ahead of what GM and Ford had to offer. AMC’s products excelled in other areas as well, including safety and acceleration.

Though this Concord is a lower spec model, it thankfully has the inline-six. With decent power and legendary reliability, this low mileage example likely has many years of faithful service left to give its next owner. Looking like a true grandma-car survivor, this Concord seems like a fair deal at the current asking price for a rust-free survivor with few issues beyond a cosmetic fix or two. Rear wheel drive and an inline six – never a bad combination.

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  1. SteveW

    Parents had a 4 door. Loved that car!

  2. GP Member

    Nice car, I wouldn’t mind driving around in this one. Great condition and the front seats look better then my recliner in the house.

  3. Mr. TKD

    My parents owned Ramblers in the sixties, but had left the AMC fold by this time.

    I always thought these were handsome. I wouldn’t mind owning one like this.

  4. Gear Head Engineer

    I saw this one on my local CL a few days back. Nice looking car. I was briefly tempted but I can’t take the crushed velour seats and I’m not a two door guy.

    I hope somebody brings it home and enjoys it.

    – John

  5. jdjonesdr

    Incredible car for the money. I bet it purrs like a kitten. I’m surprised it’s not gone already.


    show ready

  7. Tom Gibbs

    Its gone

  8. glenn

    we had an 80 dl sedan and i have to tell you it was one of the best cars ive ever driven . it was roomy and built like a tank.

  9. RJ

    Those seats look wonderfully comfy. I don’t remember my 87 AMC Eagle having comfortable seats.

  10. Bryan

    These Concords were an attractive reboot of the somewhat dated (by 1980) Hornet. Yes, these cars looked good compared to GM, Ford, and Chrysler’s downsized models (X & J cars, Escorts & Tempos, and K Cars & Omni-rizon), but certainly lacked the efficiency (mpg) and engineering (fwd) offered by the competition.

  11. Mitch Ross Member

    If I didn’t just buy an ’82 similar car, I would be all over that one. Price is way cheap for a 2 door with that mileage and condition. If it had been a manual, I would have bought it anyway

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