The year of 1974 was a good one for the American Boat Company, especially when it comes to this particular American Eagle. The kinks from the first year of production were out of the way and the market was starting to fall in love with the model's design. While it has not been verified that the unique paint scheme on this boat was factory original, it does appear to fit the era of production. The cream, purple, and red color palette combined with the custom rear seating sets this boat apart from other American Eagles we've seen. Credit must be given to the quality of the interior workmanship as it matches the era and does not look out of place. While the original rear bench seats that came with the American Eagles were squared off in the corners, this custom interior takes cues from the Century Riviera 6-Meter rear seating minus the armrests.
The power plant in this beauty appears to be one of the 'Big Block' varieties that was commonly matched with the Berkeley Jet Drives. On top of the logical association between the jet drive and the common engines, the gold valve covers are a dead giveaway of an Oldsmobile engine.
The Jolly Roger is the original of the Spokane Retro Runabout manufacturers and features many of the tell-tale signs of 1960's and 1970's marine design. If the dashing gold flake paint jobs and screaming American Muscle didn't grab the attention of bystanders, it was definitely the stunning lines and speed.
One of the defining characteristics of the Jolly Roger is the squared off transom. While the hull and deck are very similar to the Apollo and American Boat Company boats, the Jolly Roger has 90-degree corners in the stern. It is not known why this change was made by the other manufacturers while the rest of the styling was maintained.
This particular boat likely came with a Mercruiser 4-cylinder based on the General Motors 3.0L/181 CID engine. The 140 motor was advertised as producing 140 horsepower with a fair amount of torque. This motor was matched with the 140 outdrive that also was used with the 120 and 470 motors.