As Dunham told Leno, “I like cars that start conversations.”. The design and all the problems certainly lived up to the cars name. At the 2018 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago, a Gremlin won a Platinum Pick Judge’s Award and Concours Gold. Dunham’s Gremlins include an all-original, 14,000-mile 1972 six-cylinder model and a ’73 with perhaps the best-known Gremlin option, the Levi’s package. Gremlin’s option selection reflected American buyers’ tastes and included a three-speed automatic transmission (Chrysler’s TorqueFlite after 1971), power brakes and steering, air conditioning, Twin Grip differential and a handling package.
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A slick nose job for 1977 better integrated the 5-mph federal bumper.
A ’72 V-8 model became Webb’s temporary daily driver when his main car was in a collision.
“The ultimate would be this combination with the ‘Fun in the Sun’ zipper top, a fabric sunroof that’s almost the whole roof.”.
Make: x. AMC. As the name itself might suggest, this one is a little monstrosity and the design was pretty much just an AMC Hornet with a sliced off tail.
The Gremlin lived on, redesigned as the 1979–83 AMC Spirit and its 4WD Eagle derivatives.
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The Concept Grand Touring was a larger luxury hatchback designed for four-passengers. Three of them, the "Concept I", "Concept II", and "Concept Grand Touring" represented new subcompact designs. However, this innovation came at a price. The public got its first glimpse of the design’s signature slant-back tail on the 1968 AMX GT show car, a message to perhaps suggest, “This shape is cool.”, “The Gremlin is distinctly AMC,” Webb says. This is exactly the opposite case as the AMC Gremlin, which was offered with the option of a 304 V8.
In 1972 AMC developed a prototype "Gremlin Voyager" with a slide out rear panel called "Grem-Bin". This manner of parts-bin engineering enabled AMC to beat the Ford Pinto and Chevy Vega to showrooms by several months.
The rear end was squared off featuring large rear quarter windows to eliminate blind spots. AMC’s internal training materials emphasized Gremlin’s “American standards” of comfort, convenience, performance, ventilation, heating, crosswind stability, and “adaptability to American road systems and driving patterns.” Clearly, AMC was aiming at the Beetle’s known shortcomings when it developed the Gremlin as a competitor.
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For 1972, the list grew with the V8, AM/FM stereo, tilt steering wheel and front disc brakes.
Further, AMC did not have the budget of their competitors, GM and Ford, when they developed the subcompact Vega and Pinto. 15 results per page. “The Gremlin probably has the most reach into the culture of any AMC model,” Webb says. In 1977 American Motors presented six show cars to illustrate the automaker’s commitment to smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles for the 1980s. The front end featured a "venturi" grille with rally-type lights. Everybody seems to have a story.”. Another 1974 Gremlin was modified with a front end from the Hornet.
The rear panel incorporated a characteristic continental tire bulge.
The rear window did not open on this low-line model; you loaded luggage through the doors. So it goes with AMC Gremlin.
AMC dropped the V-8 after 1976, and in ’77, a 2.0-liter Audi four-cylinder joined the lineup— basically a carbureted version of the Porsche 924 engine. A model with a back seat and flip-up rear window was just $80 more. Originally available in two styles; a two seat cabin with a fixed rear-window and no rear seat for $1,879 and a four seat cabin with rear seat and opening rear-window for $1,959. Without the resources to tool up an all-new subcompact, AMC did a “twofer.” Just as it had sliced 12 inches out of the 1968 Javelin’s wheelbase to create the shorter, two-seat AMX, it did the same to the 1970 Hornet (while also clipping the rear) to make the Gremlin.
“There are no junk yards full of Gremlins, and there are no Gremlin catalogs,” Webb says.
The rear side windows were "opera" recessed and surrounded by a vinyl cover that ran over the roof's rear quarter. AMC Gremlin Gremlin was AMCs effort to make it into the compact cars market. On a flight in 1966, AMC design chief Richard Teague showed the VP of product development the basic idea for a small car by sketching it on an airsickness bag. The carmaker backed three NHRA Pro Stock drag race teams, and a factory-backed team won IMSA’s RS road race series in 1973 with the 232 inline-six. The Hornet’s front section accommodated the AMC’s smooth inline-six, touted as a major advantage over competitors’ four-bangers. Maybe it’s fate that a car sketched on an airsickness bag, named for a mythical creature that destroys machines, and launched on April Fool’s Day was predestined for a life of Concours d’Lemons trophies and appearances on “worst cars ” lists. The Concept I car combined a "wedge-design" with a short hood, low body beltline, steeply raked windshield, and expanded glass area. As the name itself might suggest, this one is a little monstrosity and the design was pretty much just an AMC Hornet with a sliced off tail. AMC Gremlins Concept cars (1972-1978) Gremlin Voyager In 1972 AMC developed a prototype 'Gremlin Voyager' with a slide out rear panel called 'Grem-Bin'. This concept car turned out to be similar to the Gremlin's replacement, the liftback Spirit model introduced for the 1979 model year. Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Season 4/Episode 5: “Jon Stewart: The Sound of Virginity,” pretty well sums up that theme. The AMC Gremlin went on sale on the 1st of April 1970. The front featured a mesh grille with “rally-type” parking lights and rectangular headlamps.
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