1975 AMC Hornet @ 24 Hours of Lemons - Monticello Motor Club
We get to know Phil Ehlinger's 1975 AMC Hornet before we get in-car video at the 2013 24 Hours of LeMons "There Goes the Neighborhood" race at Monticello Motor Club.
1969 AMERICAN MOTORS SC/RAMBLER Only 124 are known to exist
The Hurst SC/Rambler was created in the spring of 1969.
This was a collaboration of American Motors and Hurst Performance.
There were 1,512 Hurst SC/Ramblers produced with an original selling
price of $2,998. One of 1,512 ever built and one 1,188 in the "A"
paint scheme. Only 124 are known to exist based on the
Hurst SC/Rambler registry. This is a 390, 4-speed and twin grip.
Full restoration. The car has its original engine and many NOS
parts were used in the restoration process. Options included with
the car: AMC 390/315hp, unique red/white/blue exterior pain and
headrests, functional Ram Air with hood scoop, 4-speed transmission
with Hurst shifter, HD suspension with sway bar, torque links, and
staggered shocks, HD cooling, power disc brakes and sun tachometer.
1974 Hornet Hatchback by AMC
Hi fellow youtubers! So there is a bit of a story here regarding this
nice example of a 1974 AMC Hornet. I used to own this car from 2002-2007.
Then, I sold it. I regretted doing that and so this year, I decided I was
going to ask the person I sold it to in 2007 if I could buy it back. I had
asked that person to contact me if they ever decided to sell it to offer me
the first right of refusal to buy it back. I even called this person every
year since 2007 to touch base with them, see how they were doing and if
they were enjoying the car. I found out in Oct 2011, when I made my call
to this person to inquire about buying it back, that they had sold it in
JUNE of 2011!! They had never even contacted me to tell me that they were
going to sell it. (Even though I had provided them with all of my still
valid contact info that was still with all the paperwork when I bought the
car back!) I was certainly "bummed" (that's me being "nice") to say the
least, but I tracked down the car from the June sale and then found out it
had been sold yet again in only a six month timeframe! Out of
desperation, I put an add out on craigslist with a photo of the car and a
nice gentleman called me back who knew the new current owner! (That's like
winning the LOTTERY!! WOW!) So, true to his word, the nice gentleman who
called me in response to my craigslist add, contacted the current owner and
gave them my number. The current owner actually called me back and I
explained to them that I used to own this car and would love the chance to
buy it back. They thought about it for a day and decided they would sell
it back to me. I was elated!! I felt so lucky to have been able to just
find it again, let alone buy it back! To learn that it was still in great
shape after five years of not owning it was just MORE icing on the cake!!
So, I hopped on a flight to Ohio and drove this car all the way back to
Palm Springs, CA where I live! (I had it gone through thoroughly by a
mechanic first!) Even so, the trip was not without incident (I broke down
in Stroud, OK,). Again, lady luck was on my side and I was able to get it
repaired and made it the rest of the way home without incident! That is
why I mention in the video about being glad to get it back and what I'm
referencing when I say "what I went through to get it back!"
This car was originally an Arizona car and although it is not a Hornet
X, it is a very well optioned out Hornet. It's original factory color was
Sienna Orange as evidenced under the hood. Before I bought it (the first
time) in 2002, it had already been re-painted to it's current Grasshopper
Green (paint code C-8) color. I think the color suits the car nicely, (and
it's great to say I have a "Green Hornet"), but I would love to re-paint
the under hood area to match the rest of the car. Even though this car
only shows about 47,000 miles on the clock, I would like to slowly restore
it and have all the systems of the car gone through since she is 38 years
old. Other than the re-paint and new belts, hoses and tires, etc, the rest
is pretty much all stock and original. I think the design and body lines
of this car have withstood the test of time well. She certainly draws lots
of attention and thumbs up from folks everywhere. I had a lady once follow
me for ten miles just to ask me what kind of car it was! It's fun to take
her out and enjoy the nostalgia that it brings out in people. People tell
me all the time that they used to own one,or that they learned to drive in
one, or even that theirs was a POS or that it was the worst car they ever
owned!! LOL. It's all good!
My Mom had a four door Hornet that we tooled around in when I was a
small kid, so for me, I love the good memories that it brings back to me of
that period of time in my life. The music was fun and times were simpler.
This little two door hatchback, with it's V-8 and A/C, bucket seats,
"hidden compartment" and two rear view mirrors and optional alloy wheels
makes this a very well optioned Hornet! The fact that it is also in very
well maintained shape and it isn't a rust bucket and that it has NOT been
abused makes it now even MORE rare! Before I bought it back, I looked long
and hard for another Hornet hatchback and there were REAL SLIM pickings out
there! Most were the in-line sixes (still an awesomely rugged and stout
engine!), without A/C and most had bench seats. I can tell you that in the
last five years, a LOT of these have been crushed or sold for scrap. So,
maybe I didn't win the "mega-millons" lottery, but I sure feel like I
"buzzed" in on the amazing chance to get her back! Thanks for your
interest in my video and for reading my small book if you made it this far!
Please feel free to leave a comment if you can behave and write
something nice or meaningful. Peace and take care everyone!
74 AMC Hornet Sportabout station wagon for sale 2012 drive test
My American Motors Hornet Sportabout station for sale, have added a few new
things, good running car, about 79K miles on it now. Still photos of this
and my other classic American Motors cars can be found on my site here:
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79 AMC Concord DL 2wd Eagle Sedan 258 Test Drive VAM American Classic Car Review
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This car shows 40K on the odometer and it is really easy to believe the
miles. The car has the Straight 6 258 engine which is a nice torque engine
and gets good gas mileage. The car fires right up and runs, drives, and
shifts great. It looks to be all original on the paint and the paint is
very nice with a nice shine to it. It has a vinyl half top but it was bad
so I took it off and painted it. This car has a lot of chrome on it and it
really looks nice. It has all the factory wheel covers and is completely
factory. The interior is very nice and shows very little wear. Someone
really took care of this car over the years. It has a lot of the options
the upgraded models came with. You will be hard pressed to find a nice one.
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Drive Test 1971 AMC SC/360 Hornet Eddie Stakes
Memorial Day 2012. Zero miles on 1971 AMC SC/360 Hornet. Brought the car
out for Memorial Day to honor our veterans who have proudly served this
great country & nothing gets stares, cell phone photos, waves & thumbs up
like a red, white and blue AMERICAN Motors car. I still need to put in sill
plates, the radio, detail engine bay, and install the ram air pieces taken
off several years ago to reproduce of which only the flapper door was made.
Also found out the small gas tube filler hose has crack, so while putting
93 octane at Exxon at Wilcrest & I-10 gas was dripping out and found this
out, so will have to change this quickly. Has several nice comments at the
Exxon from fellow Houston motorists including the clerk who came out for a
look at this busy store. While driving off a guy in Uncle Sam getup for the
Big Tree place at Wycliffe @ I-10 put down his large sign to give son Noah
& me two thumbs up when we passed! The short film was taken at Brittmoore &
I-10 at the old Roomstore, now Doomstore (it's last 2 days this week). I
will have to slightly adjust the timing and Holley 750 on this also as
noticed it bogged slightly in 3rd. The car is original 360cid/280hp, Hurst
4 speed, electric wipers, power steering, and 3:91 Twin Grip. It is the
ONLY known Medium Blue Metallic 71 SC/360 know to exist out of 112 I have
documented with the SC/360 Registry in 12 years.
http://www.planethoustonamx.com/sc360/sc_registry.htm Total production
for AMC's rarest muscle car was 784 units, a 1/3rd of production of the
Rebel Machine and 1/2 of production of SC/Rambler. Fun car to drive, very
light, about 3000 lbs.
Colorado AMC Car club
We are non profit chapter of the American Motors Owners Association located
in the Denver, Colorado Metro Area. The club publishes a monthly newsletter
that will give you a great place to find local and national news, Colorado
Old Car Council news, vender info, and parts for sale. Our club consists of
friends and families of the AMC Hobby and/or the interest in restoring,
driving, racing and owning AMC vehicles. We are also open to non-AMC owners
as well! We also have a Northern Colorado AMC club chapter for our member
that live north of Denver! Membership is one club but with a separate
meeting place in the Loveland area. We also have members from Wyoming. Come
join the fun!!!
1970 AMC Hornet SST
My 1970 AMC Hornet SST. Only paid $700. It has had a few upgrades done to
it by previous owners.
The engine is now a 232 from a 78 Concord. It had a Carter BBD 2 BBL from a
258. The transmission is now a Torque-Command from a 72 Gremlin. The front
disk brakes and rear end are from a 80 Spirit. The 100MPH speedo gauge is
from a Gremlin and the Fuel Economy Meter is from a 75/77 Hornet/Gremlin.
It may not be a matching number car anymore but its still a great ride and
still all AMC.