For a successful day, just stare at this off-road racing AMC Pacer for 30 seconds, while breathing.
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.
The AMC Pacer was one of the first of the American compact cars to be designed in the wake of the first Oil Crisis. But that didn't mean Americans wanted a compact car. Oh no no no no. They wanted a big, wide, properly patriotic car. And that's where the Pacer fit the bill.
The freedom to design a car totally from scratch can often be intoxicating. It doesn't happen all that often, and even when it does the end result is usually far more conventional than the initial sketches. But those first brainstorming sketches can be truly amazing, like this one by Dick Teague in the early 70s.
AMC may be long gone, and Fiat owns the Jeep brand nowadays, but classic AMC ads will never die!
The AMC Pacer looks crazy from any angle; as we saw in the DOTS '76 Pacer, it's pretty much impossible to tell if you're getting lens distortion when you photograph- regardless of angle- due to its weird bulbous appearance. Jean-Charles, the French distributor for the Pacer, figured the best approach was to…
When we told you about the possibility of a new Chevy-branded compact car yesterday, the howls of lamentation quickly followed, as long-repressed memories of awful bowtie-badged compacts bubbled back into consciousness. But if you think those old Chevettes, Toyota-based Novas, and Citations were bad, you're forgetting…