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

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  1. tap4154

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    The Ford Pinto was out at the same time, and it was a much nicer looking version of that type of car, even though it went on to be a fire hazard in crashes. My sister had a yellow one with brown interior, and it was very cool.

    On the other hand a buddy of mine bought a base model Gremlin that didn't even have air conditioning. He met me and my family out at Lake Havasu, and I decided to drive back home with him and his Gremlin. What a mistake! We had to stop about 45 minutes away from the lake to go back to the river and jump in to cool down.
     
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    Always admired anyone who was prepared to be seen driving the Mark 1 Fiat Multipla, the sort of thing a bass player would appreciate more than we conservative guitarists. There is a "tasteful" one appeared on YouTube recently.

     
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    I don't think it's the looks that garnered the reputation. I think it's the safety issue of the gas tank catching fire if you get rear ended
     
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    That was the Ford Pinto. We had one of those.
     
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    A good friend of mine bought an old Vanguard CitiCar about 6-7 years ago. He restored it, and modernized the batteries and motor controller. It looked just like this.

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    Ugly and odd as it was, it got a lot of attention. People literally ran him off the road to ask him questions about it. We would go some place for lunch, and when we would come out of the restaurant later, there would be a crowd of people standing around the car.

    He quit driving it because he said it was unsafe. Probably so, but I think it was mainly because he hated the attention it attracted.
     
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    I once owned one of these fine cars.
    It was given to me when I was in high school. Not exactly the coolest car but it ran . ( not mine but similar)
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    I had a 74 and a 77. I also bought the 74 new. Polar Bear model; 258 engine and A/C. No other luxuries like an AM radio. However it cost $3050 CDN.
     
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    Wanna bet? Stick was uncomfortable though.
     
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    That was a work of art... although I did always have issues with the flat front. Didn't gel for me.
     
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    They are gross.
     
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    Someone always one-ups car-ugly:

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    I always liked Gremlins and the AMC all wheel drive cars. I think it was the Pacer that was really the butt of every ugly joke and I still don’t like those.
     
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    There's a difference between "because of" and "in spite of."
     
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    True, but the result was the same.
     
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    It was, for the time anyway (my time being when I was a high school senior in the mid 70's). But, when you look at the numbers, it's amazing how weak it is compared to modern cars.
     
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    Part of the reason that it look so cut off is because that's how the car was developed. AMC needed an econobox quickly so they took their intermediate sized car at the time and lopped off most of the body behind the rear wheels and put on a hatchback. The result was that it was a compact car but could use any of the same powertrains that AMC had available for their other larger cars.
     
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    Look what Google/YouTube algorithm thought I'd like to see, probably thanks to this thread...

     
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    Yep. I knew it was either a Pacer or Gremlin, as soon as I read the title.

    My dad bought my sister a 72 (?) Gremlin X...the sport model, when she turned 16.

    You couldn't tell me that thing wasn't fire! It had the sport wheels and bigger engine, and the AC had a setting for "desert only" :lol:...I always wondered what would happen if you used that setting.

    A few years later, he got an Eagle, also....again with the larger engine and sporty wheels...thing would move out.
     
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    I thought the Gremlin's were ok. They weren't bad cars, although all of AMC's upholstery fell apart if you looked at it wrong. The little Gremlin had a 6 cyl engine in it!

    I really like my Vega, if they had just put a real engine in it Chevy would have had one of the few winners they ever had after the 70's. Nice tight little car with a trash engine.

    The AMC Pacer looks a lot like a certain model of Subaru!

    My 70 Pinto was a great car... the early ones had a English Ford 1600 cc well proven engine. Had ball rockers like a Chevy small block. Later when Ford made their own terrible aluminum engine it was dog doo!
     
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