Rare Rides: The 1981 AMC Concord Keeps it on the D/L

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The story of the Concord starts out with its father, the Hornet. After the compact model’s run from 1970 to 1977, executives at AMC realized they’d need a compact entry to go head to head with new Fox-body entries from Ford, downsized A-body vehicles from Chevrolet, and everything from Japan. AMC’s bread and butter had long been the compact car segment, so this new car needed to be good. But as ever with AMC, money was tight.

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Initial trim offerings were Base, Sport, and D/L. The D/L reflected the tastes of Personal Luxury at the time; buyers who sprung for that trim received a vinyl coach roof in a variety of colors. Other D/L niceties included the opera windows seen on this coupe, color-match wheel covers, velvety upholstery, and wood grain on the dials. By 1981 Popular Science crowned Concord as “the most luxurious of all the U.S. compacts.” A new top trim level bowed that year — Limited. Instantly the best selling model in AMC’s portfolio, the Concord lived a happy life through 1983. By that time, however, AMC’s days were numbered, and Concord was replaced with the Renault Alliance.

Sad!

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