It’s officially spring on the east coast. That means the craigslist dads are finally dragging out the heap that they did not fix over the winter for a quick wash and flip. Maybe combined with that tax return he can get that Harley Trike to fill that empty space in the garage (the wife will kill me!) To buyers it means that there are some great projects popping up with those promises…
“Just needs some paint”,
“Easy weekend project”
“Ready for summer”
My last project car has become somewhat redundant. The NA Miata scratches the same itch as the MG without the constant need for tinkering. The Miata isn’t half as cool as the MG, but spending a bunch of cash to bring back another roadster seems like madness. So with my tiny roadster backroads compact itch scratched… whats a girl to do?
Well I contain multitudes (of itches) and I nearly break out in fucking hives when Brucie sings “roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair” . Scratching that itch wont be as easy on a budget. Brucie’s main audience (the boomer) is doing pretty well for themselves. That big tax break their floor epoxy business got this year means that they can buy up all of the freedom machines that their friends wrapped around telephone poles “back in the day”. So how can a young person get themselves into something with a V8 powerful enough to rip through the gaping maw of the garden state? We look again to Richard A. Teague and the American Motors Company!
Teague was the man who could do more with less (because he had to). His clean lines and bold shapes stood out from the competition. His use of interchangeable body panels and cost efficient design allowed AMC to stay competitive with the big 3 while spending far less. The guy is a legend.
1971 was the first year of the redesigned AMC Javelin. Its polarizing update was purposely made to give the sporty car "individuality," even at "the risk of scaring some people off.” It was lower, longer and wider although it still shared many components with its predecessor. While it was never the fastest (except when it won the trans-am series in 1971 & 1972) or the best looking muscle car (sorry Dick), its relative obscurity has kept prices down. There was a car listed in NJ for 3500 and after numerous calls and texts, the add disappeared so these guys are a bit more than a trip to queens.
This 73 is in VA. for 5700.
You ain’t a beauty, but hey your alright. And thats alright with me.
Next up is a bit of an odd duck. Also penned by Teague, the AMC Eagle was the worlds first crossover. A four wheel drive vehicle that is most often seen in its wagon form that was literally 30 years ahead of its time. This eagle is the compact and while its original six and 4wd system has vanished, an AMC V8 has appeared in its place. While this is not a traditional muscle car or hot rod, I think it will scratch that itch once you hit the highway. Listed at 3500 in Maine.
Has my mullet just gotten too long? Why is Richard Teague appearing in my dreams? Are American cars the best cars for cruising America? Should I drive to Maine?
The door's open but the ride it ain't free