25. AMC Eagle
It’s interesting to see how some manufacturers were so ahead of their time, their products have received recognition long after they were gone from the market. And one of those manufacturers is the American Motors Company (AMC). Always flirting with bankruptcy, AMC was forced to present new concepts to stay profitable. One of those experiments was the Eagle, a passenger car lineup with Jeep-derived all-wheel drive and offroad capabilities. Best of all, it came in the form of a regular sedan, wagon, and even a coupe or convertible, all with AWD standard.
Conceived in the late ‘70s, the Eagle was AMC’s answer to the rising popularity of AWD vehicles and SUVs. It had the comfort and luxury of a sedan yet with compact dimensions and relatively low weight. Also, it had extremely good off-road characteristics. The Eagle was one of the first, if not the first, crossover models in the world. Only today can most people see how important and influential this car really was. The Eagle was a relatively popular car, especially in areas with harsh climates and long winters. Unfortunately, AMC was losing money elsewhere, so they were forced out of business in 1987.