1976 AMC Pacer
American Motors was a car company that existed from the late 1960s until their purchase by Chrysler in 1987. Headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin, American Motors (AMC) was the fourth largest manufacturer of American automobiles behind General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. Their most famous vehicles were the vast array of Jeep models they produced but they also had a passenger car line which sold names like Hornet, Gremlin, Javelin, Matador and many others.
AMC never had as much for research and development like its competitors but they were able to come up with designs that were out of the box. One of them was the infamous Pacer, which has been criticized ever since its 1975 inception, and to this day the funky bubble car frequents countless “love-to-hate-it” lists. Its unconventional design was intended to provide a spacious interior while maintaining compact exterior dimensions and satisfying strict efficiency regulations. The eccentric styling was never exactly a hit, and attempts to stimulate declining sales included a higher output 120hp engine in 1976 and an optional 5.0L V-8 in 1978 but by 1980, the Pacer was discontinued. This nerd car, in all its peculiar 1970s glory, has found new appreciation after 30 years of ostracism, approximately doubling in value over the past few years.
This car is owned by a private collector and came to live in our museum in late 2018. It has less than 50,000 original miles and is a unique and fun car which receives thumbs up and honks wherever it goes.