The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer
Behind all the jokes and insults, the AMC Pacer is actually a car with a
great deal of history. It began as radical new design from an underdog
company. In an attempt to combat the big, bland, boxy cars from Detroit's
"Big Three," little American Motors Corporation decided to build something
a little different. Their one-eyed car stylist Dick Teague proposed a
small, wide car with big windows and smooth areodynamics. Americans had
never seen anything like it.
This in-depth documentary tells the true story of the Pacer. Unbeknownst
to many, the car persevered through manufacturing setbacks, government
regulations, and many other troubles. Featuring a ton of old car
advertisements and rare footage of AMC's factory, the film helps paint a
picture of the Pacer's world. Director Joe Ligo sits down with AMC stylist
Vincent Geraci, author Patrick Foster, and television personalities John
Davis and Pat Goss from PBS's MotorWeek.
1977 AMC Matador Barcelona II.mov
You might remember AMC's Matador Coupe, but how many of you remember the
Gaze with jaw-plunging awe at AMC's last attempt to make the Matador Coupe
a desirable product. (This is yet another clip from the 1977 AMC Dealer
Then check out the whole story at AteUpWithMotor.com.
Don Knotts 1971 Dodge Van Ad
A 1971 TV commercial for the Dodge Tradesman van, starring Don Knotts.
Note: Fair use and education regarding automotive and TV history are the
purpose of this posting, thanks .
1971 Chevy Vega Commercial - Worst Car Ever Made in the USA in Modern Times
The Chevy Vega was built to compete with the likes of VW, Toyota and Datsun
in the USA. It was Chevy's first Sub Compact Car. Although there is
always some debate. This car is considered by many as being one of or
actually, the Worst Car Ever Made. It's very subjective. It was heavily
recalled by GM for prolbems, the alluminium engines warped, the front cowl
sections rusted thru in a short period of time. The overall build quality
was very suspect. The Ford Pinto had some Safety issues or at least a bad
reputation earned rightly or wrongly with the placement of the Gas Tank
and the AMC Gremlin had detractors to it's styling but was reliable car,
but the Vega was real junk.
1976 AMC Pacer Test Drive | AutoMoments Time Warp
The car world loves to hate the Pacer, but how many of those people have
actually driven one? After producing an entire documentary about the car,
we decided to test one for ourselves. While far from perfect, we found the
Pacer to not be nearly as bad as people claim. In fact, this strangle
little car is pretty cool in it's own weird sort of way.
50's TV: Edsel Commercial (1957)
50's TV: An Edsel commercial from 1957. Pretty underrated car if you ask
me. (by popular demand, the title of this video has been changed)
1979 Chevrolet Chevette - Dealership Film
If one visited a Chevrolet dealership in 1979, this promotional film may
have been available. Nearly 370,000 of these cars were sold that year. A
2-barrel carburetor, one-piece grille, and rectangular headlights made
their debut. The base engine rose to 70 horsepower.
AMC Pacer Runs after sitting since 1986!
Visit www.MoPacer.com to see the only Pacer that has been in Hot Rod
magazine since 1977!.... This car has a 1986 inspection sticker. I simply
repaired some electrical connections and with a fresh battery, it cranked
up and ran smoothly!
Anna Beth's 1976 AMC Pacer X, 'MoPacer'
This is the first video of this 1976 AMC Pacer X, the MoPacer.
After sitting outside for 18 years, it took two years to restore this
little car, with modern 4.5L H.O. Jeep EFI power, GM overdrive, A/C, cruise
control, XM radio, alarm, intermittent wipers, keyless entry/alarm/remote
start, and 17 inch KMC 'Hot Wheels'.
It also took nearly 4 years of searching to amass enough NOS parts to
perform a show-worthy restoration including all new suspension, A/C and
interior components, and more. It also gets 27 MPG! Designed and built by
Harrel and Anna Beth Lamkin completed 5-2007. The show quality paint was
sprayed by Robert Stachowicz at Delaney Auto Design. It was featured in a
6-page article in Hot Rod magazine, Nov 07.
Visit Anna Beth's web site: www.MoPacer.com
After the Mopacer appeared in Hot Rod magazine, someone in Illinois with a
purple Pacer, copied the white stripe of the MoPacer, and got published in
Car and Driver magazine. From a distance (and in images), it is sometimes
mistaken for this multiple show-winning 1976 AMC Pacer X, 'MoPacer'.
Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour Issue Featuring the MoPacer:
Car Domain picks the MoPacer out of 647,000 cars for their Top Ten of the
My Classic Car (brief intro appearance) The MoPacer won 'Most Interesting
Car' out of 2500 entrants.
New York Times picked the Mopacer as Collectable Car Contest Finalist
Image of Hot Rod Magazine editor taking photo of Mopacer for magazine
Original Video (Higher Quality w/first choice of music)
1975 Chrysler Cordoba
1975 Chrysler Cordoba TV Commercial with Ricardo Montalban (1975).
Classic Car Commercials -- Small Cars
Henry Ford said, "In the long run people are going to buy the cheapest, and
best article no matter where it's made." If only the American car makers
had learned this lesson they wouldn't have needed a bailout. Hum, Ford was
the only that didn't.
West Coast All AMC Show with AMX III
Lance Lambert travels to Irwindale, CA to an AMC show and an in-depth look
at the AMX III. This short excerpt from a longer program shows some of the
cars and the AMX 3. Music by Susan and the Surftones. More info at