Hella Sweet Lemons Car of the Week: The Green Hornet 1974 AMC Hornet

By: Judge Phil "Murilee Martin, The Ayatollah of Rock-n-Rolla" Greden. Photo Credits: Murilee Martin, Nick Pon.
August 8, 2019

We’re pretty excited about all the American Motors products we expect to see competing— that is, dominating— at the Smells Like AMC Spirit race in October. Many AMCs (and Eagles) have competed in the series and earned their rightful share of Index of Effluency glory, and it all began with a sporty V8-powered coupe that began life in Kenosha and achieved Lemons glory in 2008: the Green Hornet 1974 AMC Hornet.


Not to be confused with the Brown Hornet, which was a 1975 Buick Century, the Green Hornet made its Lemons debut at the 2008 Altamont race.


Featuring a 304-cubic-inch AMC V8 engine and automatic transmission, the Green Hornet didn’t knock out many laps at the final race we held at the site of the Altamont Free Concert, but reliability improved for the 2008 Arse Freeze-a-Palooza race at Thunderhill Raceway and the Green Hornet finished 44th out of 105 entries.


Here we see the Green Hornet being pursued by the Unsafe At Any Speed 1965 Chevrolet Corvair.


We’re not sure what happened to the Green Hornet after that, but we hold out hope that it will return to a Lemons track soon… perhaps even to the Smells Like AMC Spirit race!

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