For $9,900, Pace Yourself

In an alternate universe today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe
AMC Wagon could have served as mysterious older brother to the scarf-wearing androgyne, Speed Pacer. In the real world however, the Pacer's options weren't nearly as flashy as the Mach Five's, but perhaps this one's price will have someone speed racing for their … » 11/28/12 8:00am 11/28/12 8:00am

Buying a 1978 AMC Pacer was the "smart" thing to do

What was it about owners of the 1978 AMC Pacer that set them apart? A rational person might answer this question by pointing out they were among the few actually willing to purchase a brand new Pacer wagon. According to this vintage ad it wasn't Pacer owner's quirky taste in cars that made them different, it was their … » 10/01/11 9:00am 10/01/11 9:00am

The lowest mileage AMC Pacer in existence

According to the current owner this 1977 AMC Pacer is the lowest mileage example in the world. Although proving that claim is nearly impossible, considering the fact this Pacer has traveled a mere 12 miles in its 34 years we find it pretty easy to believe. » 6/18/11 12:00pm 6/18/11 12:00pm

KV Mini, Towed 1,000 Miles Behind MGB, Takes Worst Of Show At Concours …

We couldn't cover the first-ever Concours d'LeMons in Monterey last weekend, because Jalopnik's entire West Coast Bureau (me) was busy covering some dumb race in Merle Haggard country. No problem, though- we've got photos aplenty! » 8/22/09 4:00pm 8/22/09 4:00pm

Project Car Hell, 10 Painful Choices Edition: Go For Buttonwillow 24…

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose the project that's the coolest... and most hellish! Are you thinking of entering the Buttonwillow Histrionics 24 Hours Of LeMons, but just can't find the right car? » 2/15/09 2:30pm 2/15/09 2:30pm

1975 AMC Pacer: So Wide, It Can Be Used As A Packing Crate For A Nova!

OK, so the Nova would stick out the back if you tried to stuff one inside a Pacer's shell (though the Pinto and Vega might fit). The point here is that the Pacer was completely crazy- no, wait, we mean incredibly innovative! » 10/17/08 11:01am 10/17/08 11:01am Tough as it might be to believe today, the Pacer sold pretty well and was once a common sight…

AMC Pacer: For Those Who Prefer Round And Wide

The AMC Pacer looks crazy from any angle; as we saw in the DOTS '76 Pacer » 10/09/08 6:00pm 10/09/08 6:00pm, 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…

AMC's Awesome Malaise Compacts

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… » 6/03/08 1:15pm 6/03/08 1:15pm

All A Pacer Needs Is a Little Love and a Jeep Engine

So what we have here is an honest-to-God AMC Pacer Family. Dad builds a 10-second Pacer with a Pontiac 455, then buys his daughter her first pager... at age eight (apparently driver's-license regs are more lenient in Louisiana than they are in the rest of the country). Now she's driving a purple '76 Pacer X with a 4.5 … » 11/07/07 4:00pm 11/07/07 4:00pm

1976 AMC Pacer X

I'd been keeping my eyes open for one of these on the street in Alameda for quite a while (we see one in a driveway behind the '50 Pontiac Chieftan, but driveway cars aren't, like, on the street), so I had the camera out and shooting before you could say "defunct automobile manufacturer" when I saw this '76 on Alameda's … » 11/07/07 9:00am 11/07/07 9:00am

Why You Belfasties Gotta Poke Fun? The Telly on the Pacer

Last week we posted on a bit the Belfast Telegraph did on the history of the Proud Ship Studebaker. This time, they're taking on the Pacer, and their invective gats are loaded with hollow points: "The AMC Pacer is really America's Austin Allegro, a Seventies car that was so uniformly inept in almost all respects that it … » 5/30/06 9:00pm 5/30/06 9:00pm

But Does it Come With a Licorice Dispenser? Cad 472-Powered Pacer on…

Ah, only in San Berdoo. This 1976 Pacer features a stonking Cadillac 472ci mill, but it needs a bit of work, especially requiring "exuast from the Exause manafolds back," which would include cats and um, and an AMC motor, because despite what the seller thinks, 1976 cars are required to pass smog in California. Oh, if… » 3/01/06 9:45pm 3/01/06 9:45pm