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Old 12-25-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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AMC Pacer was before its time

Modern crossovers totally ripped off the Pacer design and the Gremlin and Spirit and Eagle.

My buddies Mom had a yellow Pacer with wood panels. Awesome vehicle.

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Someone's been hitting the "loaded" eggnog...

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Old 12-29-2012, 11:38 AM   #3
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:24 PM   #4
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I have to agree with the OP. Look at the ugly ass vehicles they are producing today.

I knew someone with a Pacer. It wasn't pretty but it went anywhere and lasted a long time.

The Eagle has always been a favorite of mine.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:51 PM   #5
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OMG. AMC made the most horrible vehicles. Although my neighbor just rebuilt an Eagle and it looks pretty sharp. Don't forget the AMC MATADOR!
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:43 AM   #6
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No, not really. The old Willys Wagons were much cooler & didn't look like ass.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:53 AM   #7
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AMC had a difficult time competing with the mainstream. They had a few respectable vehicles, i.e. Rebel (Machine), AMX ... I believe Breedlove, Penske and Mark Donohue made them more popular.

As for the Gremlin, it was certainly ahead of the Ford Pinto... I never seen one blow up after a rear impact. In terms of being ahead of its time, well in my opinion all vehicles built today are all a reflection of innovative thinkers from the past.

I love AMC only because I enjoy automotive history. If you follow the roots of these now dissolved brands, in some shape or form, I believe you will find a hint of their legacy still in production.

I think its a stretch to believe AMC was in the forefront. I guess it's safer to say they built something unique at a time that didn't fit the mass market. Not that they would have done any better if the market was ready, mainly because they weren't seen in the same light as Ford, GM or Chrysler.

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My uncle is a huge AMC fan and I remember a time growing up when they had a pacer, Concorde (I believe it was AWD), and a Javelin in the garage. Well the pacer was actually outside in the drive. My cousin tinted the windows as dark as he could so nobody would see him driving it.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:34 AM   #9
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Just asking, is the implication ugly was before it's time? So now it's cool to be ugly? If so, I'm going to do great!
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:54 AM   #10
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I've always liked the Pacers. Someday I'd love to pick one up, but I don't have the space for a second vehicle.
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Just asking, is the implication ugly was before it's time? So now it's cool to be ugly? If so, I'm going to do great!
Ugly is timeless and in the eye of the beholder.
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Studebaker Wagonaire. Maybe the first Crossover ?
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