Mitt Romney and the Kinda Awful Car
In 2002, Mitt Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts. During the political campaign, Mitt and Ann Romney appeared in an advertisement about how they fell in love. The television advertisement was designed to show the Romneys were just like the regular citizens of Massachusetts. In the ad, Ann Romney talks about how Mitt showed up at her house in a “goofy-looking car.” Romney, himself, calls the car “kinda awful.”
Ironically, the “kinda awful” car was actually a brand new 1966 AMC Marlin. He picked up Ann in this car that was manufactured by his father’s company, American Motors. Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney, was not only the CEO of AMC, but he was also the governor of Michigan, too. The Romneys lived in suburban Detroit and Mitt attended the exclusive Cranbrook Schools. Even though the schools were exclusive, it is very likely that his classmates would have loved to have that “awful” brand new AMC Marlin.
High Quality Car with Great Reviews
When Mitt Romney made this comment about the brand new car he had as a high school student, his opposing candidate, Shannon O’Brien, took the opportunity to slam Romney and his AMC Marlin. O’Brien noted that being embarrassed by a brand new car in the personal luxury category made Romney out of touch with the voters of Massachusetts. There were many people who were irritated by Romney’s comment because they drove Marlins and found them to be a rather nice car to drive. Romney’s AMC Marlin would have had a V8, which was reported to be a quiet engine, and very comfortable, high-quality upholstered seats.
Mystique Adding to the Collectibility
The AMC Marlin was only manufactured for a few short years, between 1965-1967. It has become one of the more collectible AMC models. With the unusual rear and the posh interior, collectors have found good reason to add an AMC Marlin to their collections. The political comments from Romney have actually added to the collectibility, as it brought this little-known stylish car into the media forefront, even if it was just for a short time.