Continuing my trek through Alaska, I have once again brought you back to my favorite town in existence, and that would be Skagway, Alaska. Even in the rain, when I found this car, I could not get enough of this town. However, the car in question is a 1980 AMC Eagle!
This is one of those love it or hate it cars. It’s an all wheel drive station wagon that sits kind of high off the ground. I’m guessing this is a 1980 based off the grill and AMC badge above it. That would make this the first model of the AMC Eagle.
As for the 1980 AMC Eagle specs, this car came with a 4.2L straight six that made 110 horsepower backed by a three speed automatic that got the car only about 13.5 miles per gallon. The selling point about this car wasn’t the engine; it was the four wheel drive.
The capability made this car very favorable for someone who wanted a station wagon for space, but needed the four wheel drive ability of a truck. These cars became popular in snowy areas, and here it is, in Alaska.
One of the real interesting features about this car came straight from the factory. If you remember my articles about the 1979 ElCamino and 1980 Cadillac Seville I found elsewhere in Alaska, you can see how badly rust will destroy a car in this climate. However, if you look at this car, there is no rust. There isn’t even rust where there was body damage. Sure it’s covered in moss, but everything is covered in moss in Alaska. From the factory, this car came with “Ziebart Factory Rust Protection” and a five year warranty. This car is 36 years old, and it’s still holding up!
The interior looks like it’s in good condition, just dirty, but much like the plant sitting inside, I’m sure this car dead. There is a commercial for this car (which you can see in the video below) which ends with the tagline, “the Eagle has landed”, but this time, I don’t think it’s getting up. So, for now it shall remain sitting, Rotting in Style.