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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:43 pm 
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I like how the word "THE" was emphasized near the end of the Eagle article.

http://autos.yahoo.com/news/three-cars-were-ahead-time-175953555.html

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:57 pm 
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As much as I'd like to say AMC Eagle was the precursor to the cross-over Subaru was building AWD station wagons in the early 70s and they did come to the US market in '74 as a '75 model year. You can argue the drivelines were different, but the premise was there. Cool and feel of a car with 4wd capabilities. You can also argue that maybe they weren't quite as popular as the Eagle, but I really don't know the production numbers on said vehicles. I do know they built one of my other odd ball favorite cars and it's first model year was '79. The Subaru B.R.A.T.

I won't deny that the Eagle was definitely ahead of it's time and if AMC/Chrysler just had the money to update it's exterior styling I think they could have broken out into the market just as that cross-over market was really starting to take shape. Sure makes you wonder where AMC or the Eagle would be today had it just held out a few more years.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:46 am 
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Yes, Subaru and other brands had 4WD cars before AMC, but they all had part time transfer cases, Eagle's was the only that was full time if I recall correctly

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In 1973 AMC came out with the all wheel drive Quadratrac in the Wagoneers and then all new Cherokee so they were the first SUV wagon and Eagle's pappy.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:17 am 
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I totally agree (as most will) that the Eagle was not the first 4wd system put into a regular car, Subaru did theirs in the 70's and Jensen did their FF in the 60's.

If you look up the history, there was a russian car called at GAZ-61 that was introduced in 1938 that was a 4wd car. So the Eagle was wasn't even close. But most articles state it was the most popular up until recent times.

but I don't care. I know the eagle isn't the first time a car had real 4x4 gear installed, and it won't be the last, but one of the things I've noticed is the eagle is the only one that has any kind of 'jacked up' stance from all the other cars.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:46 am 
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Whuntmore wrote:
the eagle is the only one that has any kind of 'jacked up' stance from all the other cars.


That right there I believe is why many people remember them, I've had so many people tell that to a T.

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