27 Facts About AMC Gremlin


AMC Gremlin reached a total production of 671, 475 over a single generation.

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Ford and General Motors were to launch new subcompact cars for 1971, but AMC Gremlin did not have the financial resources to compete with an entirely new design.

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AMC said the Gremlin offered "the best gas mileage of any production car made in America".

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Unlike most other designs, the AMC Gremlin did not use a filler panel between the bumper and body.

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Inside the AMC Gremlin there was a revised instrument panel borrowed from the then-new 1978 Concord.

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Automobile Quarterlys article "A Critical Look at the 1973 American Cars" summarized that the basic "AMC Gremlin offers outstanding performance for an economy car and excellent fuel mileage.

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AMC Gremlin's body was heavier and stronger than its domestic or imported rivals.

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AMC Gremlin holds the "distinction of offering one of the widest engine ranges of all time—from two liters to five liters.

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AMC Gremlin saw action on numerous auto racing venues, including endurance, as well as oval and road racing.

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Body of the Gremlin was widely used by NASCAR paved and dirt modified stock car teams in the northeastern U S and elsewhere from the 1970s to the early 1990s.

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All engines built by VAM were of AMC Gremlin design, modified to deal with Mexico's lower octane gasoline and higher altitudes.

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The exterior featured a variation of AMC Gremlin's "hockey stick" side decal and a new design for headlight bezels, grille, and parking lights at the front end that AMC Gremlin originally developed for its Hornet models.

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The 1976 VAM Gremlin X came with an interior featuring the "Navajo" pattern cloth upholstery that was optional on AMC's Pacer DL models built for the Canadian and U S markets.

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The base VAM Gremlin now included luxurious seating with a center armrest that was never available in the U S models.

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The seatbelts on the base AMC Gremlin were changed to three-point units, which were fixed and lacked retractable mechanisms.

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At the time, cars in Mexico took longer to be perceived as outdated than in the US and since the VAM AMC Gremlin came to the public until 1974 instead of 1970, it was still relatively fresh among the Mexican buyers.

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AMC Gremlin originally considered it a temporary low-volume model that would eventually be replaced by the upcoming Pacer model.

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Marketing purposes, it was branded as a "Rambler Gremlin" in keeping with the use of the Rambler marque for all AMC vehicles sold in Australia despite that Rambler as a brand was retired in the United States at the end of the 1969 model year.

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The "Hurst Rescue System 1" was based on the AMC Gremlin and designed to quickly assist vehicle extrication of crash victims.

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AMC Gremlin proved a popular testbed for experiments with alternative fuels.

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In 1972 AMC developed a prototype "Gremlin Voyager" with a slide out rear panel called "Grem-Bin".

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American Motors lacked the funds to come up with a separate platform for a sub-compact car, so it did something different with an existing model, and "although car snobs make fun of the chop-tailed AMC Gremlin, it was a huge sales hit.

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In some cases, the AMC Gremlin enjoys "a cult-like following in today's collectible car market".

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In 2007, Business Week reported that 1970s cars such as the AMC Gremlin were increasingly attractive to buyers, and an insurance provider for collector-car owners reported that values were rising at that time.

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In light of rising gasoline prices, the AMC Gremlin offers a relatively economical alternative to muscle cars and the more massive American cars of its era-especially for buyers leaning toward the eccentric.

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Hot Wheels designer Paul Tam created a "bizarre but beautifully rendered model of a six-wheeled AMC Gremlin called “Open Fire" with the extra pair of wheels under a giant, exposed metal engine.

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The last one was a stockcar or rally car custom version of the AMC Gremlin that was first made in the early 1980s and is still popular today, "The Greased AMC Gremlin".

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