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1970 AMC Gremlin

Every once in a while, the automotive industry retrenches into smaller and/or more fuel-efficient vehicles. Often times this is caused by either high gas prices, or gas shortages (real or perceived). 

Back in 1970, the reason American car manufacturers got on the small car bandwagon was to stem the tide of high import sales. One of the weapons chosen for this battle was the 1970 AMC Gremlin. Basically a compact Hornet with the rear end hacked-off, the Gremlin was, if nothing else, unique-looking. Originally it was also available as a two-seater with a fixed rear window. AMC’s small bank account didn’t allow for much restyling over the years, but some interesting variations (the Levi’s version comes immediately to mind) did appear before its eventual demise after the 1978 model year, when it was replaced by the similar, but different, Spirit.

Click here to see a comparison between the original Gremlin and the VW Beetle.

The war is on...

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Max

    AMC really stretched the automotive design extremes. From the angular, choppy Gremlin to the rotund donut Pacer all in the 70’s. Maybe it was their final blaze of glory before checking out. I had friends who had both cars and despite their visual irregularities, they were machines which provided dependable transportation if cared for.

  • uncabobbo

    My brother had a Gremlin. You almost needed a couple of big pipe wrenches to steer it…were they all that way?