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News: AMC building 15 continuation Eagles

American Motors Corporation (AMC) has announced it will build 15 brand-new Eagles by the end of the year.

Most Eagle VIN numbers were used up during the model’s lengthy production run. However, the assembly line briefly stopped in early 1983 after a WD40 factory located right next to AMC’s headquarters caught fire, and the line workers walked across the street to look at the flames. The continuation cars will be assigned the 15 VINs scrapped during the incident.

One of AMC’s top officials held on to the tooling needed to make the Eagle after the company went belly-up, so resuming production is simply a matter of assembling the assembly line and firing it up. The company will rely on its vast collection of period blueprints and build sheets to ensure the continuation cars are as authentic as possible. Luckily, the firm that supplied the wood grain trim is still in business, and it has agreed to participate in the project.

All 15 cars will be wagons; AMC is not currently planning on bringing back any of the other Eagle body styles. They’ll be built to 1983 specifications, meaning they’ll use a 4.2-liter straight-six engine tuned to generate 110 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed manual transmission will send power to all four wheels. Buyers can pick their wagon’s color from a vast palette, and select equipment from a long list of extra-cost options that includes velour upholstery,  the aforementioned wood grain panels, and a three-speed automatic gearbox.

“The launch of the continuation Eagle is a hugely exciting development for AMC. The Eagle is the most iconic sports wagon of all time, so we are delighted to be able to offer exceptional examples for discerning customers around the world to own and enjoy,” a former Jaguar and current AMC spokesman told Ran When Parked. “The continuation Eagle reaffirms our commitment to nurture the passion and enthusiasm for AMC’s illustrious past.”

News of the born-again Eagle comes as a surprise — AMC hasn’t built a car in nearly 30 years. However, the minds behind the project explain the timing for a revival has never been better.

“Look: with the Eagle, we took a station wagon, gave it a few additional inches of ground clearance, and fitted it with four-wheel drive. And that’s exactly what everyone else is doing these days; some of our modern rivals don’t even bother with the four-wheel drive part,” the spokesman added, coughing as he said something that sounded a lot like “Kia.”

AMC will deliver the first continuation Eagle in June. Pricing starts at approximately $35,000, which makes the Eagle considerably more affordable than a comparable Audi A4 allroad. Every example will come with a numbered plaque on the dash, and a limited-edition cassette tape with period-correct smash hits like Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and that one song by The Police.

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