On a trip in 1968, the late Richard Teague was drawing on the back of a Northwest Orient air sickness bag. The result was anything but garbage, as this was the beginning of the AMC Gremlin.
Although this was far from the great muscle cars that were being produced at the time, like the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Nova, the Dodge Charger and Plymouth Cudas. The AMC Gremlin was introduced to compete with the Ford Pinto and Chevy Vega in the U. S. subcompact car market.
The Gremlin was introduced in 1970 with two basic models, a two and a four seater. The major advantage of the Gremlin compared to the competitor was its powertrain. The first Gremlins came with 128 and 145 HP engines that had gained a reputation for durability and economy since their introduction in 1964.
With its weight being less than the other subcompacts, the more powereful engines gave the Gremlin a lead in the sportiness of this group of cars. The were clocked at a top speed of 100 MPH and could go from zero to 60 MPH in 11.9 seconds. You can see now why these cars are loved by the ones that have owned them.
The Gremlin was made until its final year of 1978 and was considered a successful run as it sold a total of 671,475 of the cars with 1974 being the best year with a volume of 171,128 produced.
From a collectors standpoint, the Gremlin offers an affordable and fun vehicle to start a collection with. Gremlins with the “X" package, the V-8 engine or the Levi's interior are definitely the more wanted versions, but any Gremlin that is in great shape is a great place to start.
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