Eagle Production Numbers, US and Canada

Ian's Eagle PremierThis is the sixth article in a series. For details on production records and how these numbers were calculated, see the first article in this series, “Plymouth U.S. Production Figures 1946-2001.”

These tables are not definitive or fully accurate. They are the best I could do with the information which I was able to uncover. I would welcome correspondence with anyone who is interested in this material and can correct any errors or misinformation on my part.

— Gerard Wilson, May 2013

Chrysler bought American Motors Corporation in 1986, including two assembly plants in Canada, and dealer networks throughout Canada and the United States. Those networks were selling Eagle passenger cars and Jeep utility vehicles; Chrysler tried to use these assets to build a third dealer network, in addition to the Dodge and Chrysler-Plymouth networks, but in spite of a massive ten year investment, the Eagle franchise was phased out in 1997. Jeep franchises were offered Chrysler-Plymouth franchises or combined with existing Chrysler-Plymouth dealers, depending upon individual situations.

AMC had introduced the Eagle in 1980 by adapting the Jeep four wheel drive system to fit the Concord and Spirit passenger cars. This was a landmark first, the first domestically produced four wheel drive passenger car. However, the Eagle engine and bodyshell were outdated, and AMC did not have the resources to develop replacements. After the Chrysler acquisition, a final run of AMC “Eagle 30” sedans and wagons were built in the fall of 1987. AMC (Canada) had built 99,953 Eagle 30s between 1981 and 1987, so in total 102,192 were built.

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Renault (of France) acquired a controlling interest in AMC during 1982, intending to use it as a manufacturing and sales base for the U.S. market. They had adapted the Renault 30 for North American sale and had built a new facility in Bramlea Ontario to sell it. Chrysler put the car into production as the Eagle Premier, powered by a European V6, and sold it through the Jeep-Eagle networks in both countries, adding a Dodge Monaco as well when Premier sales were insufficient. Neither was successful.

The LH cars were in great demand at Dodge and Chrysler dealers, but the Eagle Vision languished, with even fewer units built than the Premier. The Vision was priced in between the Dodge and Chrysler LH cars. All three were excellent vehicles, but the Vision did not offer much to draw customers from the more familiar brands; a planned second generation was converted at the last minute to the Chrysler 300M (some factory photos of the 300M with Eagle badging leaked out afterwards).

Model year production is compiled from monthly totals and changeover dates.

1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 total
Eagle 30 sedan, wagon 2,239 2,239
B Premier sedan 45,546 43,179 15,368 11,407 4,695 120,195
LH Vision sedan   30,521 31,408 29,907 15,721 8,142 115,699
total 47,785 43,179 15,368 11,407 4,695 30,521 31,408 29,907 15,721 8,142
 

Sources

  1. Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. Encyclopedia of American Cars. Publications International, 2006.
  2. Automotive News, weekly, various issues
  3. John T. Lenzke. Standard Catalog of Chrysler, 1914-2000. Kraus Publications, 2000.
  4. Ward’s Automotive Yearbook and Ward’s Canadian Automotive Yearbook
  5. Articles on Eagle automobiles which appear on this site were used in the preparation of this table.

Also see: AMC Eagle • Eagle Vision and other LH cars • Eagle PremierEagle Talon (US)

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