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|Follow-Up on Recent American Motors (AMC) Features|
|Written by Rich Truesdell|
|Saturday, 11 April 2009 09:07|
Response to the Steve Green/Tom Mack AMC auction story was very positive with everyone wanting to know all the final prices. And the 360 V8 1973 Hornet hatchback mentioned back in October just sold on eBay...for "just" $4,700.
Our coverage of last weekend's triad of AMC features garnered widespread coverage on other websites, especially CarDomain, where both the last AMC dealership and Gucci Green Hornet blogs were published. In the case of the second blog, it was CarDomain's own Jen Dunaway who seemed to be smitten by the buff, red and green machines. We'll keep our eyes open for her. And because of Jen's blog, the auction of the Gucci Sportabout was even picked up by a Gucci fashion blog.
But with 50+ low-mileage Tom Green AMCs gaveled at the Tom Mack Classics Auction in Charlotte, many of which set records, a number of E-mails asked for the final prices for the rest of the collection. While mentioned previously, most of the cars were fairly pedestrian models with just a few Javelins and AMXs along with a sole Rebel Machine; the sedans and station wagons mostly featured low mileage, some exceptionally so. Here's a list of the final selling prices for the entire lot.
The biggest surprise? Lot number 168, a 10,000-mile Spirit (a Gremlinesque subcompact with larger rear side windows) that pulled an incredible $9,000. Clearly someone wanted to own the best--and probably only--4-speed Spirit sedan on the planet.
With all the Hornets on offer--I was specifically interested in lot number 169 which at $4,800 sold for double what I thought it was worth--I took a look at the completed auctions on eBay and what did I find? A muscle car in drag, the 1973 Hornet Hatchback formerly owned by my friend John Rosa. This isn't just any Hornet Hatchback, but one with a rare 360 V8, and the car whose photo was used on the Johnny Lightning 1/64th scale die case. The final selling price? Just $4,700, which when measured against the plain-Jane Hornets in the Tom Mack auction would seem to make it an exceptional bargain for such a well-documented and rare car, and considerably less than what John sold it for over a year ago. Chalk it up to the recession?
The bottom line here? AMC cars, forgotten for so long, are finally gaining some long-overdue respect. In an era of fiscal restraint, even low-mileage examples make wonderful first classic cars, especially for those who want something different.