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post Mar 25 2009, 05:12 PM
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Executives at American Motors knew that Ford and General Motors were to launch subcompact cars for 1971, but did not have the financial resources to respond with an entirely new competing design.[16][17] Chief stylist Richard A. Teague's solution was to truncate the tail of a Javelin (legend has it that Teague sketched the design on a Northwest Orient air sickness bag). The result was the AMX-GT, first shown at the New York International Auto Show in April 1968.[18] The AMX-GT was never produced (although the "AMX" name was used from 1968 to 1970 on a shortened, two-seat version of the Javelin).

Instead, the new subcompact, designed by future Chief of Design, Bob Nixon, was based on the Hornet, a compact car (based on interior volume) with a wheelbase of 108 inches (2,743 mm). For the Gremlin, the Hornet wheelbase was reduced to 96 inches (2,438 mm) and the overall length cut from 179 to 161 inches (4547 to 4089 mm). The Gremlin was AMC's "bold and innovative approach" to preparing for two imminent crises in the American automobile industry: reduced gasoline supplies, and an "alarming increase" in the sale of fuel-efficient imports.[19]

From the seatbacks forward the Gremlin was essentially a Hornet, but the shortened wheelbase and reduction in overall length made for a minimal rear seat and cramped rear legroom. The cargo area was smaller than that of a Volkswagen Beetle (although folding the rear seat more than doubled the cargo area). The cut-off "Kammback-type" design was the butt of jokes such as "what happened to the rest of your car?" However, it allowed for interior space and was aerodynamically efficient.

The Gremlin was available in two versions: a "plain" two-passenger model with fixed back window, intended as the leading "import-fighter" with a suggested retail price of US$1,879; and a four-seater with flip-up rear window "hatch", at US$1,959. As with the Volkswagen Beetle that it was designed to compete against, the Gremlin's styling made it impossible to confuse it with anything else on the road.[19]


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Drivetrain: Front Engine / RWD
Engine: 2L I4 / 3.3L & 3.8L I6 & 4.2L I6/ 5.0L V8
Transmission: 4-spd manual / 3-spd automatic
Weight: N/A

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMC_Gremlin
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post Mar 25 2009, 06:11 PM
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One of the lowpoints in american car history.
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post Mar 25 2009, 06:30 PM
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Who the hell names a car 'Gremlin'?
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post Mar 25 2009, 08:01 PM
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It's cool in the nerdiest possible way.
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post Mar 25 2009, 08:22 PM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Mar 26 2009, 12:01 AM) *
It's cool in the nerdiest possible way.

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post Mar 25 2009, 08:33 PM
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Look at that thing! You need balls to drive that thing, big ones. You must not give a shit about what others think. It is a car that shows that you have supreme confidence in yourself. Plus stoners will probably think it's hilarious. I think that's cool.
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post Mar 25 2009, 11:08 PM
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When I think of an old beater, this is what comes to mind. Uncool.
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post Mar 26 2009, 07:54 AM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Mar 26 2009, 12:33 AM) *
Look at that thing! You need balls to drive that thing, big ones. You must not give a shit about what others think. It is a car that shows that you have supreme confidence in yourself. Plus stoners will probably think it's hilarious. I think that's cool.

That was my mom's first car. She bought it lightly used with only 8000 miles on it, but the previous owner had gotten in an accident and the entire passengerside door was gone. So, having many student loans to pay, she drove it with a big garbage bag taped onto the side. This car doesn't take balls, it takes having no money.

As the article says, AMC didn't have the cash to do a total rehash with styling. What did they do? They took the ass off a javelin (which the rear end only looks good on the javelin). Seeing as how this is one of the WORST american cars ever made (coupled with the chevy monza and others), it signifies everything that was wrong with management.
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post Mar 26 2009, 03:14 PM
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AMC Barf
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