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The World's Rarest AMC Eagle Is Hiding in Colorado

Road & Track logo Road & Track 1/11/2017 Máté Petrány
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I've been going through Tom Cotter's Barn Find Hunter series recently over at Hagerty, only to come across Episode 8, titled The Rumbler Ranch. I must say, that's a special place!

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The Rumbler Ranch is a 165 acre estate owned by Terry Gale and Greg Kissinger in Elizabeth, Colorado. It's a home of more than 700 cars, most of which are in okay condition thanks to the dry air around the Rockies. Between what's mostly Ramblers and AMCs, you can also find such rarities as a 1960 Edsel Villager wagon (of which only 59 were made), and a 1950 Nash Ambassador two-door, which Nash only produced for three years staring in 1949.

Next to those, the pines also hide 66 AMC Eagles, arguably the best 4x4 wagons America has ever produced. Sixty-six!

This is where it gets interesting, because of those 66, there's one you've probably never heard of before: A 1980 Eagle 4x4 Turbodiesel.

AMC only managed to sell seven of these, because even though VM Motori's Italian-made 3.6 engines pushed out 224 ft.-lb. of torque, they also turned a $14,000 Eagle into a $23,000 one. Oh yes. You could buy a new Eagle and used one for the price of one Diesel. That's AMC math for you.

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If you're looking for cool cars to buy, Colorado might just be a good place to start. And if AMC Eagles are not your cup of tea because you're more into V8 cabriolets than Ron Burgundy, this episode of Barn Find Hunter has some extra treats for you as well.

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