The Unusual Cars from the AMC Brand
AMC (American Motor Cars) was known for its unusual styling. The brand had a limited budget, which meant that their design staff had to cut serious corners. This meant that many of the cars were hodge-podge mixtures of previously designed cars. While they were not Frankensteinian by any means, there were some unusual looking cars. These are a few of the most unusual:
The Pacer: The bubble-on-wheels look never quite caught on with buyers. Even after Wayne’s World attempted to popularize the car, it still remained a bit of a joke. Amazingly, this car sold for five years between 1975 and 1980. The car was the epitome of the nerd look in the five years it was sold; but since the nerd culture is embraced today, it might be worth resurrecting a vintage Pacer just for fun.
The Gremlin: This is not a cute little compact car. This is car that was once a bigger car that was chopped in half and put back together again. Of all of the AMC models, it was the most awkward. It just seemed like something was missing.
The Eagle: This car was ahead of its time. While most of the other unusual models on this list were just a bit strange, this one was useful and not unfortunate to drive. The AMC Eagle was a combinatino of the Concord with a little extra Jeep added in for fun. Prior to the AMC Eagle, drivers that wanted four-wheel-drive cars did not have many options, other than the Jeep. The AMC Eagle predated the crossover styles that are popular with the outdoorsy-types in Alaska, Idaho, and Colorado. Surprisingly, they are still somewhat cool.
Metropolitan: When AMC tried to compete with top sellers they usually fell a bit short. The Metropolitan is an example of shortness to the extreme. This car was designed to compete with the Volkswagen Beetle, so it was designed to be tiny and it really was tiny. The Metropolitan looked like a two-door coupe that was squished in on the sides. Even though they look a bit too small to actually run, they are highly collectible due to their adorable color combinations with matching wheels.