The Renault Alliance was the result of an alliance between Renault and AMC, which was less of an alliance and more of a case of AMC borrowing a large sum of cash from Renault. In its day, the Alliance was the French version of the Honda Civic and lived on an Americanized Renault 9 chassis, but was assembled in Kenosha Wisconsin. The ragtop was ‘convertiblized’ by the American Sunroof Company, a custom builder regularly employed on oddball Detroit projects such as the ASC McLaren Grand Prix, Buick GNX, Chrysler Cordoba LS..etc. But, the most striking thing about today’s Alliance is how it managed to survive the last 35 years in such remarkable (and running!!) condition. Find this 1985 Renault Alliance Convertible offered for $4,500 or trade for Prius in Cedarburg, WI via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
To the average person muddling through life like a canoer with a golf club for a paddle, an XJ Cherokee Sport is just another old junker. But to people who have their act together, like those with a Yamaha VMAX hooked their canoe, they smile when they see an XJ Sport. The XJ (1983-2001) was all of AMC’s engineering might shoved into a lifted family wagon shape. Jeep sold 3 million of these things during their two decade production run, so you have plenty to choose from, but the one you want is going to be equipped with a 4.0 liter AMC inline-6 and isn’t rusting from the bottom. Find this 2000 Jeep Cherokee XJ Sport offered for $7,250 in Cliffside, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The AMC Eagle was the original crossover. It combined a car-like chassis/ride with a truck-like raised suspension and off-roading capability. Today’s example is modified version, but it looks cool and has as much clearance as a Jeep. Find this 1983 AMC Eagle 4X4 offered for $9999 in San Luis Obispo, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.
This next car comes as tip from Erik202 who writes: A while back I sent in a 72 mustang mach 1 that you featured. Those are generally a guilty pleasure of mine. These Javelins definitely do it for me in a very similar way. This one looks like a good start so a trans am […]
Few cars elicit the same degree of guffawed snickers as a French built car sold in AMC dealers with the Spanish name for fire. Yeah. The one car that is more Rodney Dangerfield than even Pontiac’s Fiero…the Renault Fuego. It is a car that was loved by a few, misunderstood by many, and is all […]
The AMC Eagle was a neat looking 4X4 compact crossover-car thing that beat the modern market to the compact crossover and defined traditional labeling of the time. The sedan/wagon/coupe versions were built on the AMC Concord chassis, but the 2-door SX/4, Kammback, & Sundancer models were built on the AMC Spirit subcompact chassis…but the important […]
Every day, I drive down the roads in suburban SoCal, and lament the takeover of ugly crossovers and sport futility vehicles. I get the usability of the modern small SUV…I really do…but when did needless vertical height become a cure-all for ugly tail lights? And why can’t we have wagons? When did V8 powered rear-drive […]
The asking price might be a smidgen high for this next car..but then how often do you find surviving cars from the early 70s with a stock single barrel carb. Most of those cars have long since been crushed and the 4bbl equipped versions are placed on pedestals and at the top of the next […]
This next car comes from tipper JB1025 who writes: Very sanitary, nice AMC little wagon don’t see this nice very often. Yup, you sure don’t seem them like this…and I suspect this car is a labor of love and not a cheap build. Find this 1969 AMC Rambler 440 Wagon offered for $14000 in Phoenix, AZ via […]
If you ask an automotive lovin’ kid today what he/she thinks about the Renault Alliance, they’ll probably tell you that Carlos Ghosn was framed, but Nissan should run as far away from the French automaker as possible..but if you ask an old seasoned car guy, he/she will regale you with stories of Franco-Merican build quality, MotorTrend’s […]