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Our 1980-1988 AMC Eagles 1981 Model
« on: October 10, 2004, 11:42:14 PM »
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  Two new models were introduced this year.  The sporty SX/4 based on the Spirit and the low priced Kammback based on the old Spirit/Gremlin.  All Eagles this year received new bumper end caps that improved the overall looks of the cars and a new trim level "Sport" was introduced.  Other  new features were a restyled grill and the optional alloy wheels. The Sport trim option included blacked out ground effects, blacked out chrome and grill.   Under the hood a  four cylinder engine (2.5 L) was standard making the 258 engine an option and a manual transmission became standard equipment as well. Three trim levels were offered in 1981; Base, DL/Sport and Limited.  During the mid year all Eagles were fitted with select drive.  This meant the driver could now choose between 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive.


Select Drive -- introduced mid year.




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1981 AMC Eagle two door sedan with optional sun roof.    No longer the only 2-door offered and no longer the entry level Eagle, with the entry of the Eagle Kammback, two door sedan sales dropped to only 2,378 units.(Owner member: EagleFreak).

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1981 AMC Eagle four door sedan.  The four door sedan also had lackluster sales this years with only 1,737 units produced.

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1981 AMC Eagle Wagon.  The wagon too was hurt by the introduction of the two new models with only 10,371 units produced.

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1981 AMC Eagle Kammback.  The AMC Eagle Kammback had a real low price at $5995.00 and was marketed in the hopes of luring in first time buyers.  It was a modest success with 5,603 units produced -- putting it well ahead of the 2 and 4 door sedans.

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1981 AMC Eagle SX/4. with fog lights and alloy wheels.  The SX/4 was an immediate success with its sporty looks it attracted the most Eagle buyers in 1981 with 17,340 units produced.

Total 1981 Eagle Production:  37,429
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Re: Our 1980-1988 AMC Eagles 1981 Model
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2010, 12:02:48 PM »
Would anyone know how many of the 10,371 wagons produced in "81" were Sport models?  Standards vs Automatics? and full-time 4 wheel vs select drives?
Being able to drill down to this level of info would be nice to have as they age from a collectability standpoint.
"81" Sport Wagon 6 cyl. 4 speed
"81" SX/4 6 cyl. 4 speed
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Re: Our 1980-1988 AMC Eagles 1981 Model
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2010, 12:34:22 PM »
AMC did not keep those records.  At least none that anybody in the AMC community knows of.
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Re: Our 1980-1988 AMC Eagles 1981 Model
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2010, 09:05:12 PM »
If there were only 2378 2 door sedans made in 81 then I wonder which one of my 2 doors is the most valuable assuming they were in the same condition. My 80 or my 81?

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Re: Our 1980-1988 AMC Eagles 1981 Model
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2010, 11:12:08 PM »
My guess is that a collector interested in originality would prefer the 80.
If you decide to part with one I would take either.
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Re: Our 1980-1988 AMC Eagles 1981 Model
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2010, 05:46:00 AM »
For a General Collector its hard to say between the two years.   To an AMC'er I believe Jim would be correct and there also mechanical differences that would make the '80 of greater interest to an AMC'er or a knowledgeable general collector.
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Re: Our 1980-1988 AMC Eagles 1981 Model
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010, 07:56:38 PM »
I have always planned on offering you, Jim, first dibs if I sell one. I know you have been spending some coin on your wagon and have mentioned not being ready to buy a 2 door but I'll keep you in mind when your ready.

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Re: Our 1980-1988 AMC Eagles 1981 Model
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2010, 10:34:44 PM »
Thanks.  I still have a lot of coin to spend on them, too, but maybe someday - - --
A road trip from Florida to Arkansas in a 2 door sedan would be great.
I'm right 98% of the time, and I don't care about the other 3%.
"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people;
that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."
--Thomas Jefferson to John Cartwright, 1824. ME 16:45
What part of "shall not be infringed" do they not understand?
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01 Yukon 4X4
(There's more to life than fuel mileage)
83 Eagle wagon; shared responsibility as daily driver
88 Eagle white woody wagon; shared responsibility as daily driver
86 wagon parts car
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