Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sebastopol Street Sighting - 1974 AMC Hornet
It may not look like much, and for all intents and purposes, it isn't much. It's a generic beige color, spiced up only by a chocolate brown vinyl roof which, like the body, has seen much better days. I'd chance a guess that the engine is one of the two straight six options. I'm curious which side's hubcaps are original.
Looking at this car, it is perhaps easier to see why AMC went out of business. The body shape at first appears conventional but the back passenger doors are strangely out of proportion, probably because the body was originally designed as a coupe. There's a large blind spot in the wide C-pillars, but that was pretty common back in the day. The car sports flush-mounted square door handles and aerodynamic mirrors, yet the whole package is thoroughly dated. AMC continued to milk this body design with mostly cosmetic changes until the mid-1980s, when the Hornet became the Concord (and the Hornet Sportabout wagon became the Eagle).
This example needs a lot of work. I hope it gets some help before it ends up in the jaws of the Crusher.