Flying Fishbowl: 1975 AMC Pacer

The Pacer, also known as the ‘Flying Fishbowl’ was a subcompact econobowl styled by Richard Teague and built by American Motors Corp from 1975 through 1980.  It was marketed as a fuel efficient compact when the big three were pumping out land yachts, and did surprisingly well due to the early 70s oil crisis – but not well enough to overcome its controversial styling, miserable handling, and abhorrent build quality.  Find this 1975 AMC Pacer offered here on eBay bidding for $2,358 with 3 days to go, located in Lakewood, WA.

The Pacer might be an easy target for scorn, but it is actually turning into a bit of a classic.  The low belt lines, short hood, and giant windows translate to eye catching styling — sure it isn’t a C2 Corvette or a Mercedes-Benz 300SL, but it sure beats the pants off most 70s malaise-mobiles from Detroit.

Powering this Pacer is a 258 cubic inch inline-6 pushing out 110 horsepower and 195 ft-lbs of torque into a 3-speed manual gearbox.  The Pacer will obliterate the 1/4 mile in about 19 seconds and reach 60 mph in 13 seconds. 

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