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The Last AMC Dealership

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...but not selling a whole lot:
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Collier Motors sits on Highway 117 in Pikeville, North Carolina. Its owned by Robert Collier, whose family sold American Motors cars and its predecessors at least back from the 1950s.

AMC was bought out by Renault in 1982 and apparently Collier didn't want anything to do with being owned by a French car manufacturer, so he apparently disassociated from them and went on his own selling his inventory of AMCs. Needless to say, he didn't sell many, so fe in fact, what was left of his stock of AMCs and other (used?) cars sat...and sat...and sat...and rusted into place while the lot grew over with vegatation.

These are relatively recent photos of the dealership circa 2002 or so, so you get an idea of what it is. Apparently, still there.
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Matadors, Pacers, Gremlins...waiting for buyers that will never come.
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HOW COOL ! I love that frozen in time crap I can't believe AMC freaks haven't raided it, with parts being so scarce. Some of those cars will roll again, no doubt.
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The Jeeps probably sold. Nobody wanted AMC-brand vehicles. What are two Colony Parks doing there?
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I want an AMX
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That would be spectacular to see in person. For sitting out in the weather for nearly 24 years, some of those cars look like they're in great shape. I'd take that Javelin too.
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I want an AMX

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I owned an AMX once and I have to say, I have had a lot of cars and trucks, including a Corvette....the AMX and Corvette are my favorites....

I'm such an AMC fan, infact have always been a GM/AMC fan....the sight of those photos of this old dealership just makes me slightly sad. AMC did some interesting cars with not a lot of money to work with.....I always liked that they were the underdog. I wish they were still around. In it's heyday, some of their models gave the big three a run for their money..the Rambler did some respectable numbers.

Here are a few AMC models. While the Pacer is the brunt of jokes now..in it's day it was fresh thinking. For example the passenger door was bigger for easier access to rear seat and had great interior room.

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While the Pacer is the brunt of jokes now..in it's day it was fresh thinking.  For example the passenger door was bigger for easier access to rear seat and had great interior room.

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The Pacer was supposed to be the 'small car with the big car feel' like virtually all cars ever were supposed to be. The Pacer was alot wider than the Gremlin it succeeded - about as wide as a fullsize car - and was designed with cab-forward in mind.

Some say the Pacer was one of the big nails in AMC's coffin. It was supposed to be powered by a Wankel engine then under development by GM, but when the General dropped it, AMC was left to use a stock I6 which wasn't economical at all. Add that to it being all-new and therefore sharing no major componants with anything else AMC made made it expensive to make. I believe the Matador coupe was also rather expensive because it shared little with the sedans.

Its funny that alot of AMC lived on until very recently. AMC Eagle all-wheel drive wagons were sold until '88 and the Eagle name itself was picked up by Chrysler. Their main factory in Wisconsin is now the Kenosha Engine Plant and the Bramalea Assembly Plants churning out LX-cars was completed shortly before the Chrysler takeover. That plant, interestingly, was supposed to build the '88+ Renault/Eagle Premier, whose platform was actually reengineered into the LH-cars (Concorde/New Yorker/300M/Intrepid).
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Wow.That is pretty cool. Any old dealerships we have around here disappear real quick.. I wouldn't mind walking though there..and talking one or two home. :)
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I'm renting a car carrier as we speak and will be out there shortly. I just want the Javelins and Ambassadors and I don't care about the rest.

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That's it wildman, get all the "new" AMCs and screw with Chryslers sales reporting for 2005.
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That's it wildman, get all the "new" AMCs and screw with Chryslers sales reporting for 2005.

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DCX ANNOUNCES RECORD SALES FOR AMC LINE
Ambassador, Javalin at 20-year record highs
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I want to call up the dealership and be like do you have a AMX in Dark green Metalic with a stick. oh then can i place an order than? also in the DCX monthly numbers AMC Division 4? Chysler 120,000 Dodge 105,000
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Wow. Frozen in time indeed. This wins the "Thread of the Month" award right here. I say leave the cars as they sit. That's where they belong undisturbed. It would almost be disrespectuful to disturb aht place, I kind of like just knowing that it's there. Kewl.
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I want either the light blue Gremlin in the top photo, or the calf sh*t yellow Hornet two-door. Then I'd stick a warmed-up 401 under the hood and have me a bitchin' Rambler.
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My AMX had that 401 engine.....great power....had a 140 mph speedo..had that needle bouncing there and beyond.
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Occurances like this (a still-stocked AMC dealership) restore my faith in mankind. I'd trade 100 weed-choked AMC dealers for every 1 hyundai dealer in a microsecond. And I salute the perserverance of the owner who refused to buckle down.
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Well spoken Balthazar!


Makes me think of my old Sig. :(

I'll have to rework it and stuff a TRUE AMC in there in place of the Talon.


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Occurances like this (a still-stocked AMC dealership) restore my faith in mankind. I'd trade 100 weed-choked AMC dealers for every 1 hyundai dealer in a microsecond.

And I salute the perserverance of the owner who refused to buckle down.

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Absolutely agree.
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Makes me think of my old Sig. :(
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Makes me think of when Plymouth made a vehicle worth a damn...thank God they're gone.
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Thank God Plymouth is gone?!!!

I'll thank God when hyundai & kia are gone.

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Plymouth was an embarassment for the majority of its recent past with such inglorious products like...

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All of which were merely stripped-down, cheapened Dodges. In fact, I can't recall a truly differentiated Plymouth aside from the short-lived and ill-placed Prowler. In fact, I'll be bold and say the only worthwhile Plymouths since WWII were the pre-70s cars (Except the putrid 1961 lineup), Duster, Barracuda, and Road Runner.

Its hard to be real appealing when you're known as 'Dodge...but a whole lot cheaper.'
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Plymouth may have been reduced to just rebadges in the 90s, but I'm not happy that it's gone. Imagine what it could be today with the LX platform...a new Barracuda? Hell yeah.

I also like the Volare coupes from the 70s.
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Well, Plymouth was below Dodge in the old pecking order. Imperial Chrysler Dodge Plymouth DeSoto
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I'm not happy Plymouth is gone. I wish they were still here. They were a victim of neglect. American car culture is the worse for it. I wish the AMCs, Plymouths, Oldsmobiles, Studebakers, Packards, Kaisers, Frasers, LaSalles, Nashes, etc etc etc were still with us.

Plymouth:
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That little blue '53 (or '54?) is one of my favorite Plymouths.
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It's a '55, Blu. And it's one of my favorites too. That color looks so good on it. It's a good example of a non-metalic paint....just pure solid color...love it. Edited by HarleyEarl
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