Thursday, July 7, 2011

1979-1983 American Motors Corporation Spirit

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.

2 comments:

auto repair advice said...

Your website is awesome! I love old ugly cars...there are so many of them. My friend used to have a Ford Pinto....UGLY car!

Anonymous said...

i own one of these and its been more reliable than any car ive owned. im a HUGE fan of AMCs so untill you own one you have no rite to shit on em. ive owned 10 AMCs and never had issues with them. and they were a private car maker thats why they are made from parts of different companys. and ive had more thumbs up than any new car today. thanks. -the "ugly car" owner ;D