Car: AMC Hornet SC360
What makes it special: The 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360 was a muscle car that reflected the changing times. Since Federal safety watchdogs, state and national emissions regulators and insurance companies were setting their sights on High Performance cars, the SC/360 was one car that flew under the radar.
What made it famous: The Hornet SC/360 two-door sedan was a low-profile muscle car, with its 360 cu in V8 borrowed from the Javelin AMX. When equipped with AMC's $199 "Go" package, you included a 4-barrel carb with a Ram-Air setup giving it 285 bhp. Options included a Hurst-shifted 4-speed or an automatic transmission, and sport suspension. Standard were Polyglas D70Xl4 tires, and upgrades for the Twin-Grip rear were your choice of 3.54:1 or 3.90:1 gears.
Why I would want one: This was a one-year-only offering from AMC. In addition to the obvious fun of a large V8 stuffed into the same body that would house an economy tuned 6 cylinder engine, I love it for the rebelliousness of being a stealth insurance premium and safety watchdog evading street fighter. Gotta love and respect that.
Fun fact: A "Go" package equipped Hornet SC/360 ran a respectable high 14's at the quarter-mile, but the SC/360 turned out to be a sleeper in more ways than one. Even with a base price of just $2,663, it made up only a fraction of the 75,000 Hornets built for 1971.
( 1971 AMC Hornet SC360 photo from autotraderclassics.com )
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