French cars, love them or hate them, are very rarely boring. Renaults, even when they’re designed to be utilitarian or cheap, somehow manage to have a certain interesting flair: look at the Renault 4 or Dauphine or Twingo: all cheap, basic cars, all somehow charming in their own way. Not so with the Renault Alliance,…
AMC has approved a six-episode documentary series from James Cameron about how the science fiction genre has changed over time, as well as how it’s changed us.
This is the real world; it’s not just fantasy. If you open your eyes and look up toward lot 608 at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas next week, you may just make yourself into a poor boy (or girl), because the recently restored 1976 AMC Pacer used in Wayne’s World is up for auction.
Yesterday, we wrote about Renault’s lovely-looking rebirth of the legendary Alpine A110, the mid-engined Alpine Vision concept. Renault says the car will be sold “across five continents.” Unless they’re counting Antarctica, that sounds like it could include the U.S. But which brand could sell it here?
Welcome to Paper Jam, a new feature where we highlight the best automotive advertisements from the past! Print might be nearly dead, but our scanners are just getting warmed up.
It’s not a surprise that the success of Fear the Walking Dead has spurred AMC to make more content set in that period. But this time, they’re going to make a special that both stands alone and introduces a new character to one of the ongoing series.
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.
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…
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.
I have one huge beef with the classic American car scene, and it’s that you tend to just see the same stuff over and over and over again. Mustang, Camaro, GTO, Bel-Air. There’s so much great vintage American iron that goes unloved, like this 1969 AMC AMX.
Victoria Vetri, better known as Angela Dorian, was the Playmate of the Year in 1968 and got a pink AMX as a trophy. Then came Roman Polanski, the Manson Murders, and a nine year prison sentence four decades later.
Are you not looking forward to your day at work because of all the tedious Comet v. Rambler debates you know you're going to have? Wouldn't you like to just settle it, once and for all? Well, if you're on the Comet side, you're in luck. If not, you better switch, or this'll never end.
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…
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.
Why is it that all the interesting car companies are the ones that always die?
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…
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.
The AMC Gremlin is world renowned as one of the most hilariously awkward cars of all time, but in a way that's kind of endearing. What was especially endearing when it first went on sale was its low-low selling price of only $1,879. That's only $11,108 to us future people, and that's a nice price.
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.