Today, on a very special episode of Nice Price or Crack Pipe we give you the opportunity to binge purchase America’s fishbowl, the AMC Pacer. We’ll just have to decide if this collection is really worth picking up the Pace(r).
Humpty Dumpty, that sentient egg of rhyme, wrecked his shit so badly that even an entire army army couldn’t get his act together. In contrast, all that yesterday’s 1992 Ferrari 348TS needed was some front end work and a visit from Mr. Clean.
Okay, so I might be glossing over some pertinent points, but honestly it’s your job to do the heavy lifting here and decide whether the asking price made it worth dancing with that Prancing Horse. In the end, the potential for future wallet-emptying shenanigans doomed the Italian’s $27,500 price, ending up with a wild and woolly 77 percent Crack Pipe loss.
Anthropologists tell us that our distant ancestors started out as opportunistic hunter-gathers, and I’d say that’s an innate trait still with us today since as a species many of us like collecting things. It’s what sets us apart from the animals… um, except for crows, they collect stuff too.
Where we tend to differentiate however, is in what we collect. Some people like to collect Faberge Eggs while others, a little further down the sagacity spectrum, amass things like old newspapers and sodden Kleenexes. It’s part of the circle of life.
Today we have an opportunity to fall somewhere in between with a collection of five AMC Pacers that a Tucson area collector has decided to pass-on, in bundle fashion.
Now, as we all know, the Pacer was AMC’s attempt to differentiate through abject oddness. The car was initially intended as a tour de force of uniqueness featuring an exceptionally wide footprint for its overall length, a longer door on the passenger side for ease of egress, and a sloping hood flanked by pod-like headlamps made possible by the planned use of a GM-sourced Wankel engine.
Everything but the Wankel survived, and AMC was able to shove their inline six in as motivating force when GM stiffed them by cancelling their rotary engine project. The Dick Teague designed Pacer would immediately become iconic for its looks so no one seemed to care about the mill.
The bubble-like design would see its shape and window openings aped elsewhere; in cars like the Porsche 928, and in the sunglasses-adorned Kool-Aid party pitcher. It’s a car with history, and now five of them could be yours.
The seller does such a good job describing each of those five that I’ll just step back for a moment and let let the magic happen here.
(1) White AMC Pacer with flames:
1975 AMC Pacer. This Pacer has tan interior. Some tearing on the driver side seat. The panals are in decent shape with no serious damage or cracks. Body is straight. No rust on this car.
(2) Grey 1975 Pacer. This Pacer has red interior. Some tears on the driver side seat, but overall it’s in pretty decent shape. Body is straight. No rust on this car.
(3) Tan 1977 Pacer. This pacer has tan/brown interior. This Pacer has a rebuilt engine in it. The interior is in pretty decent shape with no rips or tears on the seats. Body is straight. Slight surface rust on the car. Nothing major.
(4) Two tone white/yellow 1975 Pacer. Light brown interior. The interior in this car is in pretty good shape. The driver side fender has a small dent in it. Other than that, the rest of the body is straight. Very minor surface rust.
There is also a 1976 parts car (not pictured) This car does not run and was used as a parts car.
I know, right? Take a deep breath and you’ll be okay.
The seller says that he has clear titles for all five, including the parts car, and that up until a few months ago the four cars in the pics were drivers. Obviously you can’t keep a good Pacer down and so it most likely wouldn’t take much to make each fully roadworthy again. Take that yesterday’s Ferrari.
The reason for the mass sell-off is given as work and a move so you don’t have to worry about them being cursed or anything. The cars aren’t in Indiana (how perfect would that have been?) but instead are located in Tucson, Arizona. That means rust and mold probably aren’t of issue, but of course a non-functioning AC will be.
The price to take ownership of this highly desirable and singularly unique collection is $4,500. That works out to just $900 a car. You now need to vote on that price and this collection and decide which way it will go. Is $4,500 a good deal for a good deal of AMC Pacers? Or, is this a collection that’s destined to only collect dust?
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