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Top 10: Classic crossovers

The idea of a crossovers isn’t new, as these cars show. In fact, it’s been around a lot longer than you might expect. We’re not talking full-on SUVs here. Instead these are ‘lifestyle’ vehicles that are usually car-derived but with a touch more practicality. Welcome to the world of the classic crossover.

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AMC Eagle

The crossover market may have barely existed in the UK at the start of the ’80s, but in America it was starting to gain traction (no pun intended). Late 1979 saw the American Motors Corporation launching its crucial new all-wheel drive Eagle, a model that remained on sale for eight years and attracted 197,000 American buyers during that time. The Eagle was available in two- and four-door saloon, five-door station wagon and two-door coupe guises, each one fitted with a switchable part-time four-wheel drive set-up to live up to AMC’s claim that these were ‘the tough Americans’.

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Chris C    on 11 February 2017

The Streetwise wasn't that short lived since it continued as the MG3 SW built in China between 2008 and 2010. With its increased ride height, fake skidplates and plastic wheelarch covers, etc, it inspired lots of subsequent soft offroaders.

soldierboy000    on 16 February 2017

The Simca Matra Rancho was based on a Simca 1100 pick up with the front of the Simca 1100 and the rear portion by Matra, not a dodge pick up. Simca was on it's own when this was first born.

PG1234    on 19 February 2017

The van and pick-up versions of the Simca 1100 were badged as Dodges in the UK from 1976.

This is the 'relaunch' advert: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifhp97/8410779904

soldierboy000    on 20 February 2017

Yes but it was a French car made in France and was Simca when it was designed and first built, Dodge was only used in this country as the difference between Chryslers car and commercial ranges.

Alroya    on 12 February 2018

Where’s the Fiat Panda mk1?

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