32 Facts About AMC Hornet


AMC Hornet is a compact automobile, manufactured and marketed by American Motors Corporation and made from 1970 through 1977 — in two- and four-door sedan, station wagon, and hatchback coupe configurations.

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The AMC Hornet replaced the compact Rambler American line, marking the end of the Rambler marque in the American and Canadian markets.

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AMC Hornet became important for the automaker in being a top seller during its production as well as a car platform serving the company in varying forms through the 1988 model year.

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AMC Hornet served as an experimental platform for alternative fuel and other automotive technologies.

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The automaker formed a stock car racing team centered on the car, and the "Fabulous Hudson AMC Hornet" soon became famous for its wins and stock-car title sweeps between 1951 and 1954.

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AMC Hornet continued the maker's role as a "niche" marketer specializing in small cars.

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AMC Hornet was offered as a two-door and four-door notchback sedan in its introductory year.

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AMC Hornet was the first U S -made automobile to feature guardrail beam doors to protect occupants in the event of a side impact.

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Demand for classic muscle car cars had disappeared by 1973, but the AMC Hornet was a relatively light car and was a "mildly spirited performer" in stock form with the new emissions gear.

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All four versions of the AMC Hornet were mostly carryovers in 1974, with minimal trim changes.

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Marketing of the 1974 AMC Hornet included placement as a lead vehicle in a James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun which included a chase scene with a red hatchback jumping a broken bridge.

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AMC Hornet line was mostly unchanged for 1977 with improvements made to engines and transmissions for increased fuel efficiency and the effects of new nitrogen oxides emission standards.

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In fall 1977, the AMC Hornet was re-engineered and restyled to become the 1978 Concord and helped establish the "luxury compact" market segment.

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AMC Hornet AMX "looked the part of a true performance car" with its standard spoilers, airfoils, and body-colored rear window louvers.

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AMC Hornet was exported to international markets, as well as assembled under license from Complete knock down kits that were shipped from AMC's U S or Canadian plants.

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The AMC Hornet was sold in Australia as the "Rambler AMC Hornet", only in four-door sedan body style.

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The AMC Hornet used a PBR fully assisted dual braking system, and front disc brakes from the Javelin Trans Am.

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The AMC Hornet-based Rambler American had been on the market for five years and saw continued sales and a positive image.

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VAM designers created a half Landau-type vinyl top carrying the roof Targa band AMC used for the 1977 Hornet AMX models and shortened flip-open rear side windows creating a thicker B-pillar.

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South Africa was the first international market that AMC invested in for right-hand drive production of the Hornet.

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From 1971 the AMC Hornet was campaigned in the International Motor Sports Association races.

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Actual Bond AMC Hornet was preserved in the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, UK together with other famous items owned by the Ian Fleming Foundation and used in the 007 films.

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AMC Hornet is one of Hagerty's favorites Bond cars for vintage automobile collectors on a budget.

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Several scale models of the AMC Hornet are available that include the James Bond hatchback versions made by Corgi Toys and Johnny Lightning.

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AMC Hornet served as a vehicle for several experimental alternative fuel and power sources.

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An AMC Hornet was converted to a WR-26 regenerative gas turbine power made by Williams International.

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Small-sized Williams gas turbine engine powered 1973 AMC Hornet was used by New York City to evaluate comparable cost efficiency with piston engines and funded by a grant from the National Air Pollution Control Administration, a predecessor of the United States Environmental Protection Agency .

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The LaForce prepared AMC Hornet included a special carburetor that was designed to vary the fuel to air mixture under all operating conditions.

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AMC Hornet platform served as the basis for evaluating design and styling ideas by AMC.

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Documentation from the development process indicates three prototypes with a AMC Hornet-based cab, Jeep-style grille treatments, and a Gremlin version.

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In 1973, the AMC Hornet GT toured auto shows as an asymmetrical styling exercise.

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Mini-sized front-wheel-drive, concept car called AMC Hornet was designed and developed by Dodge in 2006 for possible production in 2008 as the brand was entering European markets and attract younger customers.

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