I saw this car in Kitchener, Ontario:
Many of you are probably more familiar with the AMC Gremlin or the Pacer, rather than the Spirit. Well, this is the car that America's 4th automaker built to replace the Gremlin. And it's a lot sleeker, too.
The Spirit came with a 4, 6, or even an 8-cylinder engine. What was weird was that AMC bought the 4-cylinder power plants from its competitors, GM and Volkswagen. The 8-cylinder AMX version of this model is the most desirable today. There was, however, an 'Eagle' version of this car which had all-wheel-drive. AMC, with Jeep as its most important division, was the leader in 4-wheel-drive.
This car was also unique because the Spirit was built in a total of three different countries: The United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Sadly, as AMC's market share began to dwindle with the popularity of Japanese imports, they began to start selling French-designed Renaults. This car would end up being replaced by the Renault Encore.
Chrysler purchased AMC in 1987 because they wanted the crown jewel: The Jeep division.