Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More AMC Toys

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

AMC Gremlin Model

People from the 1980s would be surprised that in 2010 you can buy a
model of the AMC Gremlin.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

AMC and Renault

By 1980 Renault had a 46% stake in American motors and cars from the French automaker began appearing in North America.

Most were boxy, economical cars like the Renault Alliance. But Americans could now buy a sports car from the French automaker called the Fuego:

The Fuego is a pretty unique looking car now. But imagine seeing 100's of them if you lived in the 1980's. They were cheap, prone to rust, and had bizarre plastic trim that looked like it circled the car.

I had a friend who, when he lived in Britain, owned a Fuego. It was black and he fondly remembers that the kids who lived on his street used to think that it looked like the car from, 'Knight Rider.'

I didn't realize that cars in the UK are so ugly that a Fuego could be mistaken for a Pontiac Trans Am!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

America's Fourth Automaker

The American Motors Corporation was formed in 1954 when two automakers, Nash and Hudson, merged. Though Hudson was known for making some very nice autos, the new marriage would lead to the birth of some four-wheeled atrocities.

AMC was very innovative in their design. I think the reason many American cars of the 1980's were so boxy and utilitarian looking was because unique looks initially sold well but, then when the autos got older, odd design features became a detractor.

The Picture above is of an AMC Pacer. When it first showed up it was so unique looking that everybody wanted one. Then they became rust buckets.

Many likened the Pacer to a rolling greenhouse because sitting inside of one was like being in a glass dome. You did not want to leave a baby or a pet in one on a hot day!

Made famous again in the movie, 'Wayne's World,' the Pacer is now a collectible.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Saturday, April 3, 2010

American Motors Corporation had a long history of building ungainly, now iconic, autos.