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Autotrader Find: 1985 AMC Eagle Limited

The vast majority of AMC Eagle models are gone — off the roads, scrapped and never to be seen again. Many others are sitting in lawns, fields or driveways, unmoving and never driven. But here’s one you can actually buy, and the only one currently for sale on Autotrader; it’s a 1985 AMC Eagle Limited, and it’s offered by Frankman Motor Company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a mere $1,850. See the 1985 AMC Eagle models for sale near you

Younger readers will wonder what exactly the AMC Eagle is, so allow me to provide a bit of background before I jump into this one. Conceived in the late 1970s, the Eagle was sold from 1980 to 1988, under the AMC brand name. AMC (which stood for American Motors Corporation) was acquired by Chrysler in 1987, but the Eagle lasted one year beyond that before it was canceled and removed from the market.

But they probably should’ve kept it. The idea of the Eagle was that it was a car with SUV-like capabilities — and less than a decade after the Eagle left the market, the Subaru Outback debuted to roaring fanfare and brilliant success using the exact same idea. I’ve always felt the Eagle was the precursor to the Outback, but it simply didn’t last long enough to enjoy the success.

With that in mind, now you can own a piece of raised-wagon history. This particular Eagle is brown with wood paneling on the side and a beige-brown interior. It’s powered by a 4.2-liter 6-cylinder, the car’s top-level engine, and it’s traveled a mere 93,500 miles since new. On the back, it has a bumper sticker supporting the National Rural Letter Carriers Association — because of course it does. It’s also wearing first-generation Ford Explorer wheels, which inexplicably fit this thing. Enjoy indulging your Eagle fantasies. Find a 1985 AMC Eagle for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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  1. My mom got one of these when I was a kid living in the mountains of Colorado.  Dad didn’t want her to not have 4wd and he didn’t like Subarus, so this was it.  Great car, never got stuck and could fit a lot of groceries.  My dad said the only problem was the vacuum assisted 4wd system that he felt was a failure waiting to happen (he preferred good old-fashioned manual locking hubs).

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a multitude of magazine publications and websites, including here at Autotrader — where he launched the Oversteer enthusiast blog — along with Jalopnik, GQ, and The Week. His YouTube channel has hundreds of published videos and has racked up hundreds of millions of views. Today, Doug lives in San Diego, California, with his 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS, 2005 Ford GT, and 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon.

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