April 01, 2006
I'm Just Asking
When's tha last time you saw an AMC car on the road? Not just a Pacer, but a Javelin, an Eagle, a Gremlin, a Gladiator, a Matador, a Concord, a Spirit, a Hornet, or even a Rambler? The bastard step-products of the ill-fated AMC-Renault fiasco don't count.
Posted by Charles Austin at April 1, 2006 10:10 PM
I have seen a late 60s (early 70s?) Javelin in a bank's employees parking lot in Tampa. It is a 50 foot car----not looking good any closer.
There's apparently someone who lives near us that still has a Matador. I seen it on a weekly basis and have to pop some anti-nausea medicine. I also saw one of those Eagle 4X4's in the ditch on the way to work a couple of months ago. Another example of why automotive engineers should not consume illegal narcotics.
OTOH, a friend of mine from back home has a fully restored 1968 AMX that is an absolute blast to drive. A very big engine combined with very little weight.
In the mid-eighties my father had a sulphur-yellow AMC station wagon. I think it was a '74, or a '73. What a piece of crap that car was. My sister got in trouble once for taking it without permission -- and without a license -- and driving it somewhere. I used to drive it, even when its brakes ran out and I had to (attempt to) stop it with one hand yanking at the emergency brake and my foot pumping the brakes. In Miami traffic that was such fun. This was when my father had moved my sister and myself to a twenty-year-old single-wide trailer near the airport, in an area that was an industrial district, because when he was a boy (in the thirties) that same trailer park was a campground. Oh, the stories I could tell about that place...
I bought a used Eagle (for a steal!!!!!) that I drove for three weeks before a Q-tip head blew through a stop sign as I was entering the intersection....The Eagle did a 180 and I found myself heading in the opposite direction on Main Street. My car was totaled but it safed my life.
After that the last thing I wanted to see was another Eagle...I knew I wouldn't be able to afford another one so I decided to never "see" one on the road again. Mine was the Last of the Mohicans.
You can keep all the others on your list!
Neighbor just a few houses up the street has (had?) a '60s-vintage Rambler that used to be parked on the street on occasion. Haven't seen it in a while now, but I think he's been keeping it in the garage lately.
When I was a kid my parents had a '59 Rambler station wagon, with the push-button automatic. But that was a Nash, I believe.
A coworker had an Eagle a couple of years ago. That's the last one I can remember.