1981 AMC Eagle 50 4x4, 4-cyl.

1981 AMC Eagle 50 4x4, 4-cyl.

EAGLE SX AND KAMMBACK — SERIES 50 — FOUR/SIX — Since the original 4WD Eagle showed promise, AMC added a shrunken version for 1981, based on the Spirit chassis. Billed as “the sports car that doesn't always need a road,” the SX/4 two-door hatchback had a sporty look, but hardly qualified as a sports car. Also in the lineup was a Kammback wagon, derived from the Spirit/Gremlin sedan design. Both rode a 97.2-inch wheelbase but carried 15 inch tires, which gave three inches more ground clearance than the Spirits. Front-end styling focused on a new 8×3 checkerboard-style grille, like the senior Eagles. An ‘Eagle’ nameplate was up front, as well as at the usual front fender locations. An AMC badge sat atop the grille. ‘SX/4’ decals were on lower front doors, part of the wide accent-colored Krayton plastic body striping that ran from front to back, over the fender flares. A b ...

 

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