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Posted: 3/21/2006 1:30:45 AM EDT
Again, not counting Jeep, here's your chance to admit you owned a Pacer, Gremlin or Rambler. A Matador, Eagle or Hornet. A Javaline or AMX. Even a Nash or Metropolitan
What did you own, when did you buy it, how did you like it?

I never owned one but my aunt got a new Gremlin for her High School graduation and my sister owned a Matador.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 2:01:36 AM EDT
My dad used to own a Hornet when I was a kid. Cool car if you could get past the loooks of it.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 2:07:39 AM EDT
A Javelin, My best bud owned a Hornet, which I worked on a fair bit. Another good friend always owned AMC's. Not bad cars at all.

They would utilize major assemblys from other mfg's. For instance, my Javelin had a torqueflite tranny, made by Chrysler.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 2:20:14 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 2:20:26 AM EDT
In 1976 my cousin purchased his first car... a used 1972 Gremlin in green. That car lasted one summer
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 3:01:27 AM EDT
I had a `69 AMX for about a week. I got it in a package deal, and sold it as soon as I could. Not because it was a POS, just because I was not an AMC fan and wanted to get some of my money freed up from the deal. The guy that bought it restored it and still owns it.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 3:23:13 AM EDT
Me: Gremlin, with a 3 on the floor, straight six.
Dad: Gremlin, with a 3 on the tree.
Uncle: Javaline
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 3:25:44 AM EDT
Had a 67 Rambler II that I got for $200. It sucked.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 3:28:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/21/2006 3:29:16 AM EDT by MTUSA]
In high school I had a friend who had an 69' AMX 4 speed with no back seat.
That thing was small, light and DEMON fast.
Had a friend in San Diego that bought a Pacer V-8.
That thing was small, dorky and not fast.
Can't remember if he ordered the Levi's interior
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 3:30:47 AM EDT
I remeber my parents having a AMC Eagle....car....truck thing It was so bad. In maroon none the less. When I was about 12, my older brother bought a brown gremlin to deliver pizza in. That piece of shit never left my backyard for about a year I use to shoot at it with my BB gun.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 3:32:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MTUSA:
In high school I had a friend who had an 69' AMX 4 speed with no back seat.
That thing was small, light and DEMON fast.
Had a friend in San Diego that bought a Pacer V-8.
That thing was small, dorky and not fast.
Can't remember if he ordered the Levi's interior



Levi's interior???
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 3:46:03 AM EDT
70 AMX 390 Ram Air, Go Pac.......one of the best handleing cars of the era

A couple run at the local strip. BBC conversions.....run low 10's
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 3:47:05 AM EDT
I sold new AMC products. The original AMX was a fast ride, had a tricked out tranny and a HO 360 CID motor.

Pacers were, well, ummmmm, eclectic.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 3:47:30 AM EDT
CJ7, Eagle, 3 Javlins, 69 Embassador 2dr, 65 marlin (327 v8) and I was president of the t. Louis AMC club one year. I LOVE RAMBLERS!!!!
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 3:47:52 AM EDT
My first car was a 1966 Rambler..three on the tree....front seat cranked all the way back. Lost my virginity in that front seat.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 3:59:45 AM EDT
I had a 1975 Matador coupe, 360 V8.... that was one of my favorite cars!
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 4:04:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By moparman71:
Had a 67 Rambler II that I got for $200. It sucked.


65 Rambler American, used as much oil as gas.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 4:22:13 AM EDT
my first car was a 1974 AMC Ambassador stationwagon, yellow with woodgrain panels. for a highschool with alot of friends it was the best car ever, took a beating that would have killed Godzilla and came back for more, until I left the transmission laying in the middle of the road.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 4:24:51 AM EDT
Pacer wagon

no, not really
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 4:27:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/21/2006 4:30:35 AM EDT by ANGST]
My parents had a '74 AMC Hornet . It lasted til 1984 when my dad totaled it by hitting a raised sewer cap on a partially paved road.

Interestingly enough the '74 Hornet even in the same Orange color we had it was featured in a car chase in the James Bond film "Man with the Golden Gun"

Link Posted: 3/21/2006 4:30:50 AM EDT
2 Javelins:
1972 with a 301, 2bbl, 3 speed
1973 with a 360, 4bbl, auto

My favorite muscle car is the 1969 AMX with a 401 4 speed.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:10:23 AM EDT
I had more sense than that.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 10:29:46 AM EDT
I learned to drive on a 1973 dark-green Gremlin with the strait-6 engine and 3-speed manual trans. It was then my sometimes high school and college car. It was big enough to move in and out of the dorms with. My parents kept that car on the road until late 1986.

I recall at one point in high school my parents were trapped one morning in between snow piles at the end of the driveway, caught on the ridge left by the snowplow. They could not get out of the car, even thru the windows, the snow was so high. They were pissed!

GunLvr
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 10:32:31 AM EDT
68 AMX with the "GO" package.
One HELL of a car !!
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 10:32:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By toddlerp:
2 Javelins:
1972 with a 301, 2bbl, 3 speed
1973 with a 360, 4bbl, auto

My favorite muscle car is the 1969 AMX with a 401 4 speed.



You meant 304 right? AMC made some pretty decent cars over the years.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 10:34:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 1:47:06 PM EDT
I almost bought an AMX. That thing was hella fast. I went with the Mustang instead.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 1:50:54 PM EDT
Need pics of Javelins!

I always wanted one of those.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 1:55:05 PM EDT
My first car was a 1975 AMC Hornet. My mom passed it on to me when I was a junior in high school. The engine had a charming habit of simply cutting out for no apparent reason; you'd be driving down the highway at 60 mph, and suddenly the engine would just shut off. Shift into neutral, crank it over, and you're on your way again.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 4:38:11 PM EDT
Parents had Eagle 4wd 4dr sedan & station wagon. Sedan was fulltime 4x4, wagon could be shifted into 2wd. Both had the 258 L6 & automatic. I'd like to find one in good shape for a winter car.

Great grandfather had a Nash Rambler....'54 or so I think. Still in the family & runs.

Best friend from HS dad had a 1968 Javelin SST (343 V8, 4spd).
His mom drove a Concorde 4dr sedan (he inherited it when he turned 16). Hella stout little car (again with the 258 L6). His family was AMC fanatics & had many others before I met him.

The girlfriend of another HS best friend drove a Spirit. Her family had two almost identical Spirits, one with a 4spd & one with a 3spd. Both lemon yellow.

A neighbor kid had a '73 Javelin when I was in HS. Gawd aweful orange & white. Cool looking car other than the color. The '71-74 weren't as clean looking as the '68-70 IMHO.

Girl I was sweet on in Jr High/HS drove a Pacer (inherited family car) for a while.


AMC goodness here ArticBoys AMC site
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 4:47:15 PM EDT
I once had a 4-door '75 Matador. It had a Ford carb and a Mopar tranny. The handling was surprisingly good, almost neutral but there wasn't quite enough torque to get much throttle induced oversteer. The engine was soft on the low end like a Cleveland but the top end wasn't very good. Ride was good. The best part was the seats - deep, comfortable, and supportive. I would buy another if circumstances permit.

On the whole, it was better than a Chevy.
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