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'89 Eagle Premier

You know, you hear a lot these days about the demise of nameplates such as Pontiac, Mercury, and Plymouth. But when was the last time you heard the name Eagle mentioned in the same breath? That was Chrysler’s new brand back in the 1980s, a name inherited in the purchase of American Motors — Eagle was AMC’s last hurrah, a line of Concord-based four-wheel drive vehicles which, maybe, were ahead of their time.

 With Chrysler now in pocession of the Eagle nameplate, they decided a new line of cars was in order. So they slapped the badge on a version (called the Eagle Vision) of the full-sized Chrysler Concorde, as well as a bunch of Mitsubishi compacts.  Then in 1988 they unveiled the Renault 25-based Eagle Premier (Chrysler had purchased AMC/Jeep from Renault) with projected yearly sales of 150,000 units. That never happened, so, hoping to increase sales in 1990 they badge-engineered a version for Dodge, called the Monaco. They both disappeared after the 1992 model year. As did the rest of the Eagles six years later.

 You can view the Eagle Premier brochure here.

Renault r25

Dodge Monaco

 — Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Joseph Coppola

    I had a ’81 Eagle SX4 lift back that was left to me in a will. It was a 4×4 & made a great little week-end camping/fishing vehicle for my wife & me. (Plus the price was right!) We dubbed it “The Flintstone Flyer” Our other car was a ’79 AMC Spirit GT that my wife bought before we got married (She used her Navy reenlistment bonus to purchase it.)It was fire engine red & had the “Rally” package. Both were reliable rides. Also in the mix was my beloved 1974 VW bug. Yes, in our late 20’s, both 1st Class Petty Officers & no kids. We had the world by the tale. 30 years later, lots of cars & miles have gone by, but RuthAnn & I are still chuggin along together.

  • Joseph Coppola

    That’s “tail” not “tale”. And to think my Dad was an English Prof. (San Diego City College) Sorry Dad.