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.
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.
1974 AMC Gremlin X Tony Flemings Ultimate Garage reviews horsepower ripoff complaints video
No expense spared frame off $50K build! National AMC SHOW WINNER, 401 cid
roller V-8 w/ 2X4bbl carbs @ 500hp, race prepped trans, Ford 9 rear w/ 3.89
Detroit locker, mirror finish Tran Am red paint w/ white callouts, all new
black bucket seat interior, full factory gauges, power 4 wheels disc brakes
+ steering, chrome 17 Torque Thrusts + set of factory wheels (sleeper
look), great sounding Exhaust,
air-conditioning, painted underneath, boxes of trophies, spectacular +
My '79 Caprice (Bought New, Been in the Family Ever Since)
One of GM's last all-new line of full-size cars, the '79 Caprice and Impala
2-doors, with their infamous "bent" window glass, were in the last year of
a body style that was introduced for the 1977 model year.
These "downsized" full-size cars were almost a foot shorter and 700 pounds
lighter than the '76's they replaced. But, trunk space and interior room
stayed the same. In one year, the 350 V8 went from being the smallest
engine you could get in a big Chevy to being the largest.
As big Chevys had been for years, they were traditional body-on-frame
construction, but they were the first cars to be partially designed and
engineered using CAD-CAM (Computer aided design-computer aided
GM's other B-body cars, the Pontiac Catalina and Bonneville, Olds 88, and
Buick LeSabre, and larger C-bodies, the Buick Electra, Olds 98 and Cadillac
DeVille/Fleetwood, also got the downsizing treatment in '77.
Almost a million-and-a-half full-size Chevy sedans, coupes and wagons were
sold in those three years, unfortunately not enough to take back the
number-one sales spot from the mid-size Olds Cutlass.
The universal complaint back then was that GM had made the Chevy full-size
cars TOO small. (In '77, they were only slightly longer than a "mid-size"
Chevy Malibu. How times change;-)
For the 1980 model year, they were mildly restyled, and that basic body
lasted 11 years, until the "pregnant whale" '91-'96 models, which, along
with the Buick Roadmaster, Olds Custom Cruiser and Cadillac Fleetwood
Brougham (all based on the same '77-vintage chassis), were the last
body-on-frame big cars GM would ever build.
This one was bought new by my mom in September of 1979 for (take your heart
medicine now) $7,500.
Thanks to an oil shortage and subsequent doubling in the price per gallon
of gas that summer, sales of full-size cars had fallen off a cliff, so she
had her pick of in-stock colors and options. If you've tried to find a
clean '77-79 Caprice or Impala 2-door, you know it's next to impossible. So
imagine visiting City Chevrolet, a Chicago dealer that was located in a
series of old multi-story warehouses, and riding the freight elevator with
the salesman to one of the enclosed upper-floor new-car storage areas.
There, parked nose-to-tail and mirror-to-mirror, were at least 40 Caprice
and Impala 2-doors, including the rare Landau models. Too bad City
routinely undercoated all its cars. (A side note: City Chevrolet supplied
the City of Chicago with its Impala and Caprice cop cars until the day GM
This one was bought at the now-vanished Circle Chevrolet at 82nd and
Racine. It has very few options: the 305 V8, A/C, a rear window defogger
and AM/FM stereo with 8-track player and rear speakers. Mom had it
Ziebarted a month after she bought it, which partially accounts for the
shape it's in now.
It replaced a green '68 Impala 4-door hardtop with 78,000 miles, a 307 V8,
Powerglide, drum brakes all around and no A/C, bought new by my dad.
In her care, this one's led a pretty sedate existence. Except for a road
trip to Washington D.C. in 1980 and a period of about six months where I
commuted in it to Argonne National Laboratory, no long drives. Pretty much
to the grocery store, to her friends' homes, and to church.
The locking wire wheel covers became necessary in 1983 after the original
wheel covers kept getting stolen.
Also that year, a Metra road crew dropped a load of track ballast on it as
she sat under a viaduct at a stoplight. Allstate (bless them) paid for all
the repairs to the body and the pitted glass and litigated with Metra for
the next seven years.
When she passed on a few years ago, I inherited it. I'm basically keeping
it the way it is. No Corvette motor. No 22's. No thumping stereo. It needs
a little body work (after 28 Chicago winters, what did you expect?), and as
soon as a little more money comes in, I've got to take care of the
windshield wiper motor and find a set of the original wheel covers.
It just got a new brake master cylinder and fuel pump (ouch!), and winter's
coming, so converting the A/C from R12 to R134 will have to wait.
But other than that, it runs like a top, and the interior's in almost
perfect shape. And on sunny days, it's great to pull off the cover, back it
out of the garage, and drive one of the last of GM's big cars. After
zipping around in my Fiero, it's like driving a Cadillac (I used to drive
my uncle's '79 Coupe de Ville, and the ride wasn't much smoother than this
As with the Fiero, master GM mechanic Dave Armstrong keeps it running
right. If you're in the Chicago area, get in touch with him at
(773)282-1444. He'll keep your car on the road or get it back on the road
if it isn't.
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.
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.
Lemons & 70s Compacts (TheBarnFinders)
This is the second series of a spin off of rotting calgarian iron from my
other channel (badgerbuddy). its called the barn finders. today featuring
Lemons & 1970s Compacts like the amc pacer, amc gremlin, ford mverick, ford
pinto, mercury bobcat, chevy vega, and chevy monza. filming and narration
by ryan sardchuk. please rte and comment
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)
AMC Eagle SX/4 and Wagon Commercial
Check out the AMC Eagle Evolution forums
The AMC Eagle was a 4WD Car, so technically a crossover SUV, and predates
Subaru's AWD Cars by over 10 years/ The SX/4 also predates the Suzuki SX4
by over 25 Years.
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.
79 AMC Concord DL 2wd Eagle Sedan 258 Test Drive VAM American Classic Car Review
79 AMC Concord DL Sedan 258 Straight 6 Start Up & Test Drive VAM American
Classic Car Review http://www.1OwnerCarGuy.com This is a very nice 79 AMC.
This car shows 40K on the odometer and it is really easy to believe the
miles. The car has the Straight 6 258 engine which is a nice torque engine
and gets good gas mileage. The car fires right up and runs, drives, and
shifts great. It looks to be all original on the paint and the paint is
very nice with a nice shine to it. It has a vinyl half top but it was bad
so I took it off and painted it. This car has a lot of chrome on it and it
really looks nice. It has all the factory wheel covers and is completely
factory. The interior is very nice and shows very little wear. Someone
really took care of this car over the years. It has a lot of the options
the upgraded models came with. You will be hard pressed to find a nice one.
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