1976 AMC Pacer, 6-cyl.

1976 AMC Pacer, 6-cyl.

PACER — SERIES 60 — SIX — Great expectations greeted the wide, glassy ‘bubble’ Pacer when it appeared as a mid-1975 model. Riding a 100 inch wheelbase, it stood 77 inches wide, billed as “the first wide small car.” Business Week called it the “hottest car of 1975.” Unique features included a passenger door nearly four inches wider than that of the driver. A surprisingly roomy four-passenger interior belies the car's compact 170-inch length. The entire rear section tied into the massive B-pillar structure, cutting both length and weight. Aerodynamic styling helped improve fuel economy. A short sharply-sloped hood and enormous glass area give impressive visibility. But that hood was actually the result of having designed the car for a front-drive Wankel rotary engine, which never materialized from General Motors. Pacer was one of the first American cars to offer rack and pinio ...

 

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