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    AMC Pacer

    Whatever you can think of this car, it certainly had some impact when it appeared on the market during the early spring of 1975. Its proportions were rather odd, with a width that did not really match the length of the car, but created a sense of interior space that was unique. In order to give rear seat passengers easy access the passenger door was made much longer than the driversís door.

    Three different engines were available, ranging from a 3.8 litre inline 6 to a 5 litre V8. The latter only became available after 1978. By that time sales had already dropped considerably, and production was halted in 1980, during the dying years of the AMC group. In total 280,589 units of these remarkable car were made.

    Shown here is a 1977 car, with the smallest 6 cylinder engine, which has apparently been used on some racing track as a rescue car. It wood be nice to know which tracks did use the Pacers. The car made an appearance at the 2006 Concours díElegance at Palace Het Loo. It was first registered in Holland in 2001 and runs on LPG.
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    My father actually tryed to enquire a Pacer in the 80's...
    What was he thinking Thank god he didn't

    And the fact that they don't take much of a crash from behinde, as the odd position of the gas tank
    You can see it right behind the rear seats Isn't it the gas tank?
    I have heard something about that issue before.. And it beeing one of the reasons it "flopped"....

    Any Am-car lover who can confirm this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LotusLocost
    My father actually tryed to enquire a Pacer in the 80's...
    What was he thinking Thank god he didn't

    And the fact that they don't take much of a crash from behinde, as the odd position of the gas tank
    You can see it right behind the rear seats Isn't it the gas tank?
    I have heard something about that issue before.. And it beeing one of the reasons it "flopped"....

    Any Am-car lover who can confirm this?
    yes it is the LPG tank right behind the rear seats...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LotusLocost
    I have heard something about that issue before.. And it beeing one of the reasons it "flopped"....

    Any Am-car lover who can confirm this?
    The firey little Ford Pinto was infamous for just such a thing. They were a hot car - for all the wrong reasons - so perhaps it is that machine you are thinking of?

    I confess to always being an admirer of AMC's Pacer, and their preceding Gremlin too which was of course a trunkated version of the good looking Hornet. Brave AMC obviously took a huge risk with the wide-body Pacer, which displayed a refreshing boldness in both concept and design, including its strong and still-novel stying that completely shunned the 'me too' sameness of its uninspiring competitors

    The other crucial factor to remember when judging Pacer is that it was originally concieved to be powered by a GM-sourced rotary engine. However history shows that this powerplant was a no-show, which left AMC no option other than to persist with their existing engine range which was jammed into the snub-nosed Pacer, and by account spoiled the originally-planned balance of the car

    Pacer is one of those 'what if' cars; it was crippled in gestation by the '70s fuel crisis and a non-existent motor. But you have to wonder about if what might have happened actually did, and cute little rotary-powered Pacers had been allowed to fulfill its designers dreams and roam free in the shopping marts and highways of an alternative future that failed to materialise
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    When AMC was shaping the car in clay, they did so using the biggest ugly stick they could find!! Damn that thing is fugly!!
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    For some reason, I've always kind of liked these, and its stablemate the Gremlin. It's certainly not what I would call an attractive vehicle, but there's something about them that holds a certain appeal for me. I always thought it was interesting you could get them with V8's as well, something the rival Pinto, Vega, Omni, or Chevette couldn't say.

    They also made smaller cars cool to youth buyers, kind of what Toyota's trying to do with Scions (except that the Scion box thing is absolutely hideous in every way imaginible).
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