AMC Gremlin: A Thought Of One Of America’s Unusual Cars
You would certainly agree that The AMC Gremlin is one of the most unattractive, bad-looking cars of all time. It had a poor physical structure and it certainly was awful on gas. In spite of that, it till by some means is in our minds, we still remember it.
Even though the AMC Gremlin does not have an interesting history as the DeLorean DMC-12, and its display may not be as attractive as its generations’ cars in the 1970s – the Ferarri (Pininfarina) 512S Modulo or the Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero – it is, however, a charming car waiting and asking for a look at.
It may sound appealing, grotesque to you but that counts for something. If you wonder who designed such a “special” appearance, the answer is the two men – Bob Nixon and Richard A. Teaque. You may be familiar with the name Richard A.
Teaque because he became popular after shaping the Jeep Cherokee XJ. That is the man who had also helped a car which according to CBS list of the 15 most bad-looking cars in the world the Gremlin was the sixth least creative and inventive enjoyable vehicle. These two men are not the only ones to blame.
However, a part of the blame goes on a platform AM used when designing this car. The base for this odd and bizarre automobile was AMC Hornet, which appeared a year earlier and it was out of production a year before the Gremlin. AMC Hornet, however, was a more full-sized car and more successful than Gremlin.
It took part in different motorsports as the NASCAR. The legend Bobby Allison who was the AMC factory-backed drive drove it. AMC Hornet has got a cinematic history too, driven by Roger Moore in the role of a James Bond film – the 1974’s “The Man With The Golden Gun”.
On the other hand, Gremlin was maybe that ugly because of its back end slants which makes it look rough, unbalanced being looked at from any angle.
The image of the car was slightly improved by its color options – brown and gold. The automotive reviewers gave out, revealed its odd body, it seemed that the front and rear ends were created and produced for different cars.
What’s more, and worse, parts broke easily, it rusted fast and easily, and gobbled gas even more than a big boat. Fairly enough, the Gremlin had some reputation for being easy to alter and change.
AMC put this car on the market for people with less money, people who were broke, although AMC designed it to compete with Chevy Vega and the Ford Pinto. It was again up against the likes of the Volkswagen Beetle and the original Toyota Corolla.
Up until now, the Gremlin survived, got by to see numerous modifications throughout the years some companies or organizations and university students applied it, used it as a platform to do experiments. These involved a hydrogen version, non-petroleum fuels and also an EV.
The Gremlin X was attractive for the collectors. This car powered by a 6.6L V8 produced 152hp, the standard model produced 20 less, 130 horses. It lived for several years as the AMC Spirit, which ran from 1978 to 1983, and in 1988 AMC stopped the production of cars.
The Gremlin may not be remembered as an ugly car, it could have been awesome and cool if the company hadn’t hurried with placing it on the market, and hadn’t been so meaning for every penny along the way.
The only reason for its quick production maybe was to compete with foreign cars. Those foreign cars were smaller and more fuel-efficient. All in all this cheap car was likable and collectors like it now.