FIVE-ORITES: The bulbous, odd and quirky AMC Gremlin, Pacer, Rambler, Matador, and Javelin

The American Motors Corporation was founded in 1954 and fought hard for a place at the table with The Big Three: Ford, GM and Chrysler until being swallowed up by Chrysler in 1988 and finally disappeared as a brand. In the late 1960's and through the 1970's, the company produced some of the most uniquely designed cars of any major automaker (IMHO). No one tried to copy AMC's designs, and no one at AMC seemed to be following Detroit's rules. In the late 1950's my dad owned a Nash Rambler (a precurser name to AMC) called the "Blue Baby" and in the 1968 he bought a Rambler American. I think these cars started my love affair with the quirky, creative world of AMC. Here's a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Take a look at the Gremlin, Pacer, Rambler, Hornet and Javelin.

Perhaps the most outrageously designed AMC of the '60's, the Pacer was bulbous, akwardly porportioned, and one of my favorite "ugly" cars of all time. Fittingly, advertising of the day played to Pacer's oddities.

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