Raised White Letter Tires: 1976 AMC Hornet Sportabout

Tipper Rock On had this to say about DT’s newest project car, “Vince’s new wagon is very sporty, but this Hornet is not too shabby.”  The wagon version of the Hornet was called the Sportabout which proves automakers were allergic to the term wagon even way back then.   The Hornet here is about as rocking as it gets for a 70’s estate- big 360 engine, Cragar wheels with white letter tires, rally striping, and orangey-red exterior paint.  Find this 1976 AMC Hornet for sale in Shreveport, LA for $7,000 via craigslist.  

Details from the seller:

Need to sell my 76 Hornet Sportabout w/360 V8 and TITLE IN HAND. Just don’t have the time anymore to work on this running project. Have mainly driven it to work and home. Has original paint, side stripe, interior seating and dash/panels. Comes with Crager rims. Below is a list of the work done with receipts to prove for most out-sourced work:


Four new tires within last year
Holley Street Avenger 4-Barrel Carburetor (tuned by mechanic)
Rear brakes
Master brake cylinder
Idler arm
Starter solenoid 
Alternator and wiring
Battery in Jan 2017
Rear Hatch seal

Call, txt, or email if interested. Car is a rare find and fun to drive with the 360. $7000 or OBO.

You have to love old style crank windows in the picture below.  The interior seems to have some clashing colors going on- beige dash, pukey green carpet, and brownish seats.  Fortunately, the three spoke steering wheel looks the business and there are some aftermarket gauges installed near the radio.  The 360 ci engine looks to have a decent carb set up on there so hopefully the engine is not breathing through the factory exhaust pipes.

See another 1970’s wagon with Cragars? email tips@dailyturismo.com