1968 American four-door, 199 six, three-speed manual, column shift.
Purchased for $600 with about 60,000 miles on the clock in March 1988; it turned over 250,000 miles on June 9, 2002. Think I got my moneys worth?
Driven to Kenosha, Wis., JulyAug. 98; survived 22-inch flood, January 99; driven to Kenosha again in July 2002. Appeared twice in the Rambler Reader.
Driven to its retirement August 29, 2004, with 276,000 miles.
|1988 Eagle wagon, 258 six, automatic.
I bought it in August 95, sold it in November 96.
Nice car, but I couldn't live with the auto tranny.
|1968 American 2-door, 199 six, automatic.
|1979 Spirit kammback, 232 six, four-speed manual.
It came to an unhappy end.
|1971 Gremlin, 232, three-speed manual, very basic.
This is the best photo I have of Frog, my first car. It was taken in 1980, during my first U-joint job (Note the extent of my tool collection, in the green backpack). Yes, the drivers seat did beep the horn when pushed forward to let a passenger into the back seat, and the shifter mechanism was crap, but Frog was still a great little vehicle. It took me all around Connecticut, Colorado and New York state, taught me how to work on cars, and started me on my AMC odyssey. (Thanks, Noreen.)