Roy Lunn helped create what we today call the SUV as the chief engineer for Jeep when they were developing the original XJ Cherokee. He also more or less invented what we call a crossover, a car based utility vehicle with a slightly raised suspension and all wheel drive. The Eagle was the first American passenger car offered with all wheel drive. Lunn had taken a first generation Jeep QuadraTrac 4WD system and mounted it under a Concord station wagon. AMC CEO Gerry Meyers saw it and didn’t know what to make of it, but when he considered price gaps between Subarus and Jeep’s more truck-like utility vehicles, and the capability gap in bad road conditions between 2WD passenger cars and those with AWD or 4WD and he realized that Lunn was on to something. If you drive a Subaru Forester, and Audi Allroad or a Volvo XC90, you can thank Lunn. There were two almost identical white and brown Eagle wagons at the American Motors Owners club meet last summer. I say almost because one of them (above) is in nearly pristine shape, while the other (below) is showing some typical AMC rust.
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