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Autotrader Find: 1985 AMC Eagle Limited

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2017

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.

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.

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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