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1983 American Motors (AMC) Eagle 4WD 4dr Wagon Limited 30

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American Motors was truly ahead of its time when it combined the bodies of its passenger cars with all-wheel-drive running gear, creating the Eagle. Eagles came in sedans, station wagons and the hatchback SX/4 models. The AMC Eagle was the first production car to use an AWD system.

This 4x4 example was made in AMC's Brampton, Ontario, Canada factory in August 1982. This wagon is one of 12,378 Eagle station wagons made in 1983. Dressed in Dark Brown (code OM), the wagon's paint and trim are in overall very good order. The bodywork is straight and solid, however, there is a blemish at the driver's side rear. The rear cargo area is in better-than-average shape, the chrome bumpers are in very good order and the engine bay is tidy.

This wagon rolls on radial tires, size 215/75R15 at all four corners, and each tire is mounted on a factory alloy wheel. The wheels are in good original order while the tires are in very good condition.

Under the hood is AMC's 258 CID inline six-cylinder engine with a two-barrel carburetor. Backing this motor is a version of Chrysler's TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission (code A998) with a New Process 119 transfer case. Power is routed through Dana 30 and Dana 35 differentials and a 3.54:1 rear end. The AMC Eagle's central differential behind its transmission was a single speed (without a low-range option) and used a viscous fluid coupling for the quiet and smooth transfer of power to the axle with the greatest traction, on wet or dry pavement. The central unit consisted of closely spaced, wavy clutch plates operating in a "honey-like silicone fluid" performing a "limited-slip function" between the front and rear drives, as well as under adverse driving conditions sending torque to the axle with the most traction.

Driver convenience features include air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes, cruise control, power windows, power locks, power front seats and a remote driver's side mirror control. Out back are a rear defroster, a rear window wiper and washer. Note: A/C compresser engages, but does not blow cold. We don't have a key to open rear hatch

Inside, the brown interior is in overall very good order. The split front bench and rear bench seats look comfy while the matching carpet and headliner are in great shape. The three-spoke steering wheel looks good, as do the inner door panels and the instrument panel. A floor-mounted shift and an original AM/FM stereo with eight-track cassette player complete the interior.

The AMC Eagle is a compact four-wheel drive passenger vehicle manufactured and marketed by American Motors Corporation (AMC) model years 1980 to 1987 and Chrysler Corporation, following its acquisition of AMC in 1987, for the 1988 model year.

Starting in February 1983, the AMC 150 CID four-cylinder theoretically replaced the GM Iron Duke 151 CID four-cylinder in the Eagle as the standard engine, though the installation rate is unknown. The 258 CID inline six-cylinder was improved for better performance by increasing the compression ratio to 9.2 to 1 (from the previous 8.2 to 1), as well as a fuel feedback system, a knock sensor and the CEC; thus, allowing the continuing use of regular-grade fuel.

The AMC Eagles were the only four-wheel drive passenger cars produced in the U.S. at the time. All models featured "passenger-car comfort, plus 4WD security for all-weather security." Although the description was not in use at the time, the AMC Eagle is recognized as one of the first crossover vehicles.

Competition to this Eagle in 1983 included Chevrolet's Cavalier and Celebrity wagons, Dodge's Aries wagon, Ford's Escort wagon, Honda's Civic wagon, Mercury's Lynx wagon, Nissan's Sentra wagon, Pontiac's Sunbird and 6000 wagons, Plymouth's Reliant wagon and Toyota's Corolla wagon.

This AMC would make a good third car for someone, particularly if you need its all-wheel-drive for light off-road use. Otherwise, this is a prime model for AMC collectors. Stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars today to examine it for yourself.

VIN: 2CCCK3873DB703871

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 195,350 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

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  • One of 12,378 Eagle station wagons made in 1983
  • Dark Brown exterior with wood paneling (code OM) and brown interior
  • 258 CID straight six-cylinder engine with a two-barrel carburetor
  • Three-speed automatic transmission (code A998) with New Process 119 transfer case
  • Dana 30 and Dana 35 differentials and 3.54 gearing
  • Air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power locks, power windows, cruise control and power front seats and remote driver's side mirror
  • Rear defroster, rear washer and wiper plus front and rear mud flaps
  • Original cassette player
Stock #
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
Three-speed automatic transmission (code A998)