Saturday, February 13, 2021

1974 AMC Hornet X Hatchback

The AMC Hornet is a compact, manufactured and marketed by American Motors Corporation (AMC) in a single generation from model years 1970 through 1977 — in sedan, wagon, and hatchback coupe. The Hornet became an important vehicle and platform for AMC, serving the company in one form or another for eighteen years, until the 1988 model year. Prices began at $2,298 for the base model two-door sedan in 1974 with the more popular new hatchback going for $2,449.
Engines incorporated new emissions controls and the choices on all Hornets included two I6s, the standard 232 cu in (3.8 L) or a 258 cu in (4.2 L) version, as well as two V8s, the base 304 cu in (5.0 L) or the 175 hp 360 cu in (5.9 L).

Demand for muscle cars had disappeared by 1973, but the Hornet was a relatively light car. A Hornet hatchback with the 360 V8 was tested by Car and Driver. The 0-60 time was 8.4 seconds. The optional SC/360 package came the engine, hood scoop, special upholstery and wheels, and a stripe that ran along the fender and door tops and around the rear window.
The car is perhaps best remembered for the barrel roll stunt in the James Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun.'