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1974 AMC Hornet Sportabout

Classics  /   /  By Tony Piff

There can’t be more than a handful of Hornets surviving today, and these “Sportabout” station wagons must be among the least common. Much maligned over the decades for their styling (and reliability), AMCs were never considered collectible, and most were just driven to death and forgotten. Today, intact examples of any AMC are rarely seen, and their simple styling now has an honest, nostalgic appeal that is only getting better with age.

This Sportabout looks like a well cared for daily driver. It has now been mechanically gone over and carefully detailed to show off its well earned patina.The seller describes it as a good runner that will cruise at highway speeds “all day” and that “everything works.” All it appears to need is hubcaps.

The very best AMC Hornets sold on eBay Motors in the past three years averaged $5,800, showing that they have yet to catch the attention of collectors, but I think this one’s simple body contours, ice-blue paint and green vinyl interior evoke the malaise-era 1970s with more charm and optimism than most of the more common Big Three-built barges.

See the listing  here.

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  1. craig February 24, 2012 at 9:17 am Reply

    Hornet with v8, had upgrades at time to get pretty good horse power , six cylinder cars were poor, had to have v8 option, to sustain value. Gremlin is still my favorite with LEVI , jean interior, and a 390 v8, many went to big block chevy motors and made great drag cars.

  2. Motörhead February 28, 2012 at 11:46 am Reply

    I want!!!

  3. Shannen August 31, 2017 at 8:00 am Reply

    I drive a 77 sportabout. Love it to death. Not too often I get compliments. It’s usually “I haven’t seen one of those in a long time.” “I took my driver’s test in that!” “My mom had one of those and I had to work on it every week. I hated that thing!”

    My all-time favorite was a man who took a picture of my car while parked in the parking lot at my work. It was a few years ago when I worked at fast food. My coworker pointed him it to me since she saw him take a picture. I wasn’t upset, I was curious since it’s usually people experiencing nostalgia and are amazed to see one around. I wanted to hear what he had to say.

    I approach him and say that I heard he took a picture of my car and who blew up! “THAT’S YOUR CAR?? I HAD THE SAME CAR GROWING UP!” He went on to tell me for his first car he could choose between the hornet or an el Camino that was gutted out. He choose the wagon!! Yay! He said he loved that car. And that it was that funky 70s green so I should be thankful that mine isn’t that color.

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