The butt of all car jokes, BUT I dont think this car is ugly

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  1. Peegoo

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    I always liked AMC for their design aesthetic. It appeared to me their engineering team worked in an environment unaffected by automotive convention. The Javelin was a cool car. The AMX was a BEAST of a muscle car.


    Unappealing designs often share hideous colors.

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    My dad had one of those with racing stripes. I think it may have been his first car… He bought it new off the showroom floor for a sum that is less than I’ve spent on guitars I’m sure.
     
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    It wouldn't get you...well, you know.

    That is the most important function of a vehicle.
     
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    Lots of americans in the 70s bought the new small cars, like gremlins, pintos, and volkwagens, but none of them did it without hearing the opinions of the more common US car buyers who only knew how to step on a gas pedal, and couldn't turn corners.
     
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    62BC0AC3-C99D-43DD-B613-840D544C98CD.jpeg I never thought it was ugly, although, I prefer the earlier model with the rectangular taillights. I thought it was really cool in a quirky way.

    I remember people used to steal the gas caps.

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    Manual Slim Friend of Leo's

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    We used to cram a family of six into one of those things. The poors will find a way.
     
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    as a very young kid i always liked the looks of pacer and gremlin.

    a sister of a good friend had one of these back in the day

    very neat back then awd! eagle!

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    Nope nope nope...

    The Pacer waaay uglier

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    At 6'5" I often go for more of a 'fitting' than I do a test drive, when looking for a car. Everything is cramped, and uncomfortable. I was so sad to get in a Pontiac Aztec, and find it to be the most comfortable car that I had been in, on my last car search. Then I promptly got out of it, and put that ugly thing in the rear view mirror. :)
     
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  10. Fearnot

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    AMCs were quirky cars. That's just a given. You like 'em or you don't. I do... sorta.

    Part of the reason you don't see a lot of Gremlins and Hornets on the road today is that they proved to be very popular with the Demolition Derby crowd... almost indestructible in their size class. I kid you not.

    '60s Chrysler Imperials, too.
     
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    Pacer is an acquired taste, for sure. I always thought it was hideous. Right up there with the Pontiac Aztec.
     
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    Kill it with fire…

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    My memory of a Rambler, which seems to be a predecessor of AMCs…

    When I was a teenager, before I had a license, a friend had an old early ‘60s 2 door Rambler he had in reasonably good mechanical and aesthetic condition; but it was no girl getter for sure.

    Back then we would drive the country neighborhoods after dark, mostly dirt roads, lighting those small packs of firecrackers and throwing them out (spoiler alert!) passing by some girls’ houses.

    We were down to the last pack so we stretched them out, separating and throwing out single firecrackers.

    So I lit this one and then realized I had forgot to reopen the window! I dropped in on the floor and BAM! My buddy barely got his window open a little before it exploded, and we only had the damage of ringing ears for a few minutes afterwards, and a good laugh at our stupidity that still lasts to this day.
     
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    Here's my 16 year-old son's "new" ride:
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    We call it the "Rolling Toaster"
     
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    I love the amc eagle

    if they weren't such notorious rust buckets, I'd own one.
     
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    The 1970s were... Unique.
     
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    I’d imagine a Gremlin with a 304 V8 might be pretty fun!

    There used to be a drag strip nearby, and I used to go watch the bracket racing back around 1990. There was a local who bracket raced a Gremlin nearly every weekend. It had a 232 inline six, all stock I believe except for 6-into-2 headers and dual glass pack exhaust. And a set of slapper bars. It wasn’t fast...maybe ran a 17-point-something in the quarter, but that guy had it dialed in. He ran almost the exact same run, every time, and he did alright against less experienced racers and/or less consistent cars.

    That old six did sound pretty cool, winding up through the gears through those raspy dual exhausts.
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, been a lot of years, but I believe the Gremlin could accept a 350 small block? Seems to me I had a buddy back then that was going to do it to his, but not sure if that ever happened or not... or if it's another car I'm thinking of like a Vega or something.... Cool cars either way! Those were the days ;)

    EDIT: I think @mexicanyella may have answered my question - a 304?
     
  19. WingedWords

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    It sort of reminded me a bit of this

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    A vague memory from the 60's when I was more interested in cars. It took me ages to dredge up what the thing was called and it's not actually a strong resemblance. Oh well.
     
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    Yes. Very ugly.
     
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