Cheap Classic: 1983 AMC Concord DL Wagon

The Concord was the AMCs answer to the Cavalier, Tempo, Fairmont, & Malibu — a task that a restyled Hornet brought to market with a typically small development budget. Did the Concord beat its competition with its raised ride height and adventure ready style? No. The Concord was yet another liver spot on the balding head of the almost dead American Motors Corp, and driving on in 1983 meant you were a person who made bad choices in life, but driving one today makes you a cool dude. Amazing how Find this 1983 AMC Concord DL Wagon offered for $3000 in San Diego, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1983 American Motors Concord DL
condition: good
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 62800
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: wagon
Your perfect surf and adventure wagon awaits! I’ve loved driving this classic 1983 AMC Concord DL station wagon, but with two little kids in our house, we’ve moved on to cars with more modern safety features. This car features rear wheel drive and a 258 cu in inline 6 engine (4.2 liters). It averages about ~22-24mpg last time I measured.

The Good:

Only 3 owners

62,800 original miles

Runs well and starts up every time

Recently serviced with new carb, spark plugs, and flushed fluids at A New Way Auto in PB

Recently passed smogged and registration is up to date

Very clean inside, some small cracks in seats and some small stains on carpet

All electronics work

Upgraded with aftermarket retro-style radio with aux-in plug

The Not-So-Good:
x One rear hatch hinge recently cracked
x A few small rust spots (see picture example)
x Trunk carpet is faded and a little rough
x AC takes a while to blow cold
x Clear coat on hood and one side is coming off

See a better way to drive a cool old wagon?