YAK Car Pic of the Day
by Jim Corbran - posted 12:01 am, February 11, 2012
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.
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know