The AMC Eagle 4x4 is the Original Crossover

The crossover vehicle is everywhere – prowling your parking structures, creeping into your blind spots, and quickly gaining ground on every new car lot across the country. They're all the rage – but they're by no means a modern concept.  Trace the crossover lineage back far enough, and you'll eventually get to this: the forward-thinking and four-wheel-drive AMC Eagle. It is regarded by many to be chapter one, line one in the crossover history books. This 1984 Eagle isn't without its flaws, but it is up for sale on eBay (update: sold) and costs considerably less than today's utes. RELATED: Take a closer look at the 1980s AMC Eagle wagon In a way, it's somewhat sad the American Motors brand met its end in the late '80s because I quite like how they used to do things. The AMC Concord debuted in 1978, offering up compact sedan, coupe, hatchback and station wagon options for American buyers. And it sold well, to the tune of over 120,000 vehicles in its first year. Why not put a four-wheel-drive system in it? Obviously AMC thought so too, because it did, and thus the Eagle was born. Underneath, the brand new bird toted a New Process Gear transfer case, which shuttled the Eagle's 114 horsepower from its straight-six to its front and rear differentials. While it was no rock crawler, the full-time four-wheel-drive Eagle could certainly handle itself where the pavement ended. AMC even built a rally version of its sporty looking Eagle SX/4. RELATED: Check out the heady 1969 AMC AMX muscle car According to the listing, this Eagle belonged to the seller's grandmother. Maybe because of that it has two good knocks in the front bumper from errant light posts but shows a scant 20,050 miles on the odometer from new. With some proper massaging and perhaps a new exhaust, this '84 Eagle could be the talk of your crossover-driving town. VIDEO: Watch this rally driver encounter some unexpected traffic Update: Since we wrote this article, someone picked up this Eagle for around $3,500. Lucky duck. ______________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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