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The James Bond Corkscrew Jump Was The First Computer-Modeled Stunt

I’m a little surprised that we haven’t covered this in detail before, because it’s so crammed full of Jalop-bait: jumping and flipping cars, AMCs, James Bond, frustrated backwoods law enforcement, and lots of secret math and early computers. The jump is the famous corkscrew from The Man with the Golden Gun. » 6/16/15 12:00pm 6/16/15 12:00pm

A 450hp orphan mongrel finds its forever home

This little mutt is an AMC Spirit AMX, a mini-musclecar from the late seventies with flares n’ white-lettered tires n’ a big ol’ hood decal - and a somewhat lamentable 130hp V8. Based on the Gremlin, it’s a sawed-off runt that few remember. Well you’d remember this one: it’s got a 96-inch wheelbase and a built 401ci… » 5/28/15 10:11am 5/28/15 10:11am

Why Mad Men was secretly the best car show on TV

My favorite moment of the Mad Men finale, and probably of the show in its entirety, was over within the first minute of last night’s episode. It was the perfect farewell to the Don Draper that went unnoticed by most, but that you and I knew as a member of our family: Don Draper, the secret gearhead.
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Creepy 1967 Rambler American Ad Is Why Hipsters Would Love AMC

Maybe this advertisement looked cool or happy-go-lucky to 1967 eyes, but to our eyes in 2014, it just comes off as creepy as hell. Like scenes from a period piece horror movie, the circus based Rambler "new cars" ad from the American Motors Company makes my skin crawl. And yet, what is a nightmare for us is probably… » 9/27/14 9:00am 9/27/14 9:00am

The AMC Cowboy Concept Is As American As An Eagle Eating A Hot Dog

Just take a moment and consider the full name of this car: the American Motors Corporation Cowboy. Just saying all those words together should materialize a waving flag behind you and cause an eagle to alight on your shoulder. Pretty amazing for an economy car trucklet that never happened. » 7/03/14 6:00pm 7/03/14 6:00pm

AMC's Amazing Experiment In Cheapness

AMC was the perpetual underdog of America's motor industry, and the only reason they survived as long as they did was because they were so damn clever. And by "they" I mostly mean designer Dick Teague. AMC was always strapped for cash, and Dick was a master of cost-cutting. His masterpiece of cost-cutting was the AMC… » 5/16/14 7:00pm 5/16/14 7:00pm

How One Frenchman's Assassination Killed The Iconic AMC

On the evening of November 17th, 1986, Georges Besse collapsed in the gutter outside his home in Paris. He had been shot four times in the head and chest, his body covered in blood. His death, while unfortunate, was not the only one that night. It also marked the end of the American Motors Corporation. » 3/29/14 1:00pm 3/29/14 1:00pm

Cars You Didn't Know About: The Gucci AMC Hornet

Alternate title: Cars You Don't Want. In 1972 AMC rolled out a new version of its Hornet Sportabout (a wagon with a sloping hatch rather than a traditional tailgate) that had an interior styled by Gucci. It was notable for being one of the first American cars to offer a "designer" trim level. » 7/21/13 11:07pm 7/21/13 11:07pm

General Patton Just Can't Stop Doing French Favors

Nobody in their right mind would ever mess with General George S. Patton. He was the kind of man that would stride right into the thick of battle, his shiny helmet not once losing its gleam, all while asking you why you allowed your arm to get blown off. General Patton wouldn't mess with you in turn, would he? » 7/06/13 9:00am 7/06/13 9:00am