That’s right, Gucci, the famed Italian design house partnered up with lowly AMC to offer a very unique designer edition, only available on the Sportabout body style. Given the sales volume of the 1973 AMC Hornet Sportabout wagon, finding one for sale today is a surprisingly difficult undertaking. The interior has some defects, notably what looks like left-over adhesive from something that was previously stuck on the glovebox door. But again, nice car. No matter how awesome Gucci could make those seat covers, headliner and door panels, you still ended up looking at an instrument panel and a steering wheel that looks like it was made out of recycled plastic bleach bottles with gauge faces that look like they were old glued stickers. I thought that the Oleg Cassini Matador was the opening shot in the designer wars. But comments like those are perhaps out of place, here ? I was in one of the tank companies of an armored battalion. $5.99 shipping. & buy some new carpet for it. I believe 1 of the cars had a 304 V8 which was an option. What I mean is an AMC wagon is cool in its own right. … Car is driven on average 20 miles a day to and from school and work. I waited for someone better at this to come along but I guess it’ll have to be me. Description for AMC Hornet 1975: This is my 1975 AMC that I bought a year ago. Right now, having just launched Legendary American Motors Magazine (available on Amazon at http://bit.ly/OrderLAMMonAmazon) I am looking for the best possible Gucci Sportabout for a story I’m working on that will cover all of AMCs designer interior cars. Notify me of new comments via email. The Sportabout is definitely a close second for me, primarily because of the wagon’s advanced styling, and great packaging. The rear aspect is gorgeous, the wheel arches to die for. In contrast to long-vanished AMC, Gucci is still going strong and remains at the forefront of the “flashy fashion” trends. or Best Offer. I’d much rather have this than that money pit 74 Pinto Squire from Barn Finds the other day. I wonder what this car would fetch in Gucci-crazed China? Color is Burnished Bronze Metallic. Top 10 Obscure Special Editions and Forgotten Limited Run Models: AMC Edition by William Stopford, QOTD: What Is The Best Way To Sell A CC? The AMC Hornet was exported to international markets, as well as assembled under license from Complete knock down (CKD) kits that were shipped from AMC's U.S. or Canadian plants. The Cardin Javelin interior does have this “Logan’s Run” look to it. God bless America. They do to me. Did you buy this recently? Check the frame, shock tower, etc. I owned one of these Gucci Sportabouts, a 1973 model, in the early 2000s. That is probably the nicest Hornet in existence. Front view exterior pic. We complained long enough so that they finally assigned us a Hornet sedan to drive. Mine was a 258/auto. I will look for one in the area. AMC was ahead of their time, once again. or Best Offer. Not for $5,850.00. But as easy as it is to bash hipsters, I’d buy the tail ornament myself just to stare at the Italianate Hornet symbol, framed by a gear. That makes it quite interesting. The gauges look nice and clear and the package shelf / knee bolster is in fine shape. Favorite Add to 1970 AMC Model Line Coffee Cup, Mug - Cool 70's AMC Classic - New - Sharp! If the differences need to be explained to you, then this definitely is not the car for you. Every time I see a Sportabout (or Eagle Wagon) it just reminds me again that this may be the most stylish production wagon ever built. So what was it like to drive? Well a second comment popped up while I was typing. AMC expanded the idea to the 1973 Cardin Javelin and the 1974 Cassini Matador (CC here). The Sportabout looks a lot slicker than an American wagon but is less comfortable and has far less utility despite being very similar under the skin. 5 out of 5 stars (3) 3 reviews $ 9.00. Those Sevilles were on a modified Nova chassis, which limits their value. Bulletproof, great performance and very versatile cargo-carrying abilities. If I had bought a ’79 Concord wagon new, I no doubt, would have been very envious of the new for ’80 Eagle wagon. … One of the best-looking wagons of the 70’s. To give the Hornet its due it only quit on us a couple of times and never far away from help. It’s trying to fit in with the rich kids, and not being itself. I didn’t set out to shoot this Green AMC Hornet Sportabout Gucci Edition, but then I didn’t set out to give a talk about the future of cars to the McMinnville City Club Pub Talk series either. A map light at the end of a flexible arm extended from the right side of the desk, the left carried a vanity mirror, also on a flex stem. This pristine Hunter Green specimen, written up by Edward Niedermeyer, was one of just 2,583 produced for 1972 (total Gucci trim package sales represented just 7% of the 35,000 Sportabouts built that year). Your email address will not be published. The Sportabout is a superb example that, while everyone remembers that AMC usually did the wrong thing, they occasionally got it right, too. $69.99. Different strokes for different folks I guess. Use the later orange brainbox. These technologies are used for things like personalized ads. The owner does note a significant exhaust leak, so this will need to be addressed before the AMC is driven any distance. The car was powered by a 5-litre V8 engine and had a three-speed automatic transmission. Thank you for the post Ed. Back in the 1980’s I was a full-time member of the Army National Guard. We do this with marketing and advertising partners (who may have their own information they’ve collected). This looks like it is quite a nice example, and it wouldn’t involve a huge outlay to have it really shining. Too bad there’s no AC, but I love the under-dash 8-Track player! I have not done any car shows. Lovely looking car. If you every want to do a story on small-scale, niche automotive publishing, give me a shout. I can picture a silver Hornet with steel wheels and base model hubcaps with beefier 70-series radial tires, black and white houndstooth interior, 304/torqueflite, kind of the wagon version of a Dodge Dart. a1974 Hornet Sportabout Wagon with power steering. I window-shop car ads on a weekly basis, but rarely am I ever serious about buying them. power brakes and it has a 304 cu in V-8 engine. AMC Addicted Joined: Jan/29/2013 Location: Oceanside CA Status: Offline Points: … Something Steve Austin would have drove the Bionic Woman home in. Given the sales volume of the 1973 AMC Hornet Sportabout wagon, finding one for sale today is a surprisingly difficult undertaking. But a Sportabout is cool enough that I would overlook that. Nor, when you get right down to it, did I ever really intend to write about cars for a living in the first place. Factor in its clean, dry condition courtesy of long-term California residence, and it becomes a bit more clear as to why this Hornet is a touch more desirable than a standard model. Every time someone writes about Hornets I think about the one we had and wonder why anybody with a choice would want one. I wonder how many miles are on this garage queen. It still looks great today – but as a young teenager in the late 60s, early 70s, I lusted after Cobra Jet Mustangs and Super Duty Firebirds – wagons were at the bottom of my list – but can remember doing a double take when seeing my first Sportabout; and saying, that’s a nice looking car……. Hi Matt, if you ever want to part with this gem, shoot me an email [email protected], sweet little AMC! Though I do wonder–what’s with the high liftover? The Sportabouts were everywhere in the 1970s. David Ruffin had two of them! So, why isn’t it closer?? I’d have bid on this one. I really like this car. Wow, nice find, and an Edward N CC writeup too. I never knew I could like a Hornet this much! So new valves, guides and a healthy plane-ing of the joint face and it now runs like a champ. From Wikipedia: “AMC also produced a one-off Sportabout for Gucci’s personal use. I like the Hornet brigade! Surely this is the pinnacle of ironic hipster vehicles; sucks to have to drive a mere Falcon or elderly Dart! Click here to get it featured on the homepage instead. Reminiscent of the C3 Audi Avants. A 1972 Hornet Gucci Sportabout, More Specifically by Paul Niedermeyer. I was having my car painted, and I wanted the cheapest rental possible. Or subscribe without commenting. I live outside of Phoenix in Sun City West, AZ. Wow, incredible find and nice to see an Edward article on here! This one (the first, didn’t realize) is so different from the others. Unfortunately, the recliners were not easy to use, and the driver needed to be stopped before making adjustments. It brings back back fond memories for us. In addition to the Gucci trim package for $141.75 ($818 adjusted), Road Test Magazine’s featured test car was equipped with the larger 258 CID 6-cylinder, which cost an additional $50.70 ($293 adjusted) and an automatic transmission for $198.15 ($1,144 adjusted). Thanks again =), http://www.dupontregistry.com/autos/listing/1979/cadillac/seville/631332 VERY RARE CHANCE TO OWN THIS…. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Fuel miser, and good driver. So, in order to use the recliner, the person in the seat would actually have to awkwardly slide forward several inches. Outside, however, the Fiat Gucci branding was far more prominent than anything seen on the AMC Sportabout. Love to talk to you about it. I’ve got my work cut out for me! Love the green, and the headliner fabric is genuinely cool. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Oddly, the test car did not have power brakes, a strange omission given the car’s upscale designer positioning. Take good care of it; you might just have the nicest one left in the world. Very nice indeed, both the vehicle and the article. Of the three ‘designer’ AMCs, I think I still like the Cardin Javelin the best. This looks like it is quite a nice example, and it wouldn’t involve a huge outlay to have it really shining. Hi Matt, Many years ago we had that very car, just found this article this morning. Click here to get it featured on the homepage instead. Ending Thursday at 8:15PM PDT 4d 4h. In the early 1970s, Road Test Magazine could always be counted on to review rather obscure models that were studiously avoided by the other buff books. eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'barnfinds_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_1',134,'0','0'])); Thanks to Barn Finds reader Pat L. for the find. Its been that kind of a day for me. When I lived in Yorba Linda, California, and this was my daily driver, I had the opportunity to snap this photo. The standard Gremlin/Hornet seats are about the worst I’ve ever encountered. We've sent you an email to confirm your subscription.
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