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70's Collectible Cars: The AMC Pacer

amc-pacer-collectible-cars.jpgThese two Pacers are being shipped to Germany.

The 1970's was a forward thinking period in car design. Designers rushed to make futuristic looking vehicles which awed the public. We would see the release of the Lancia Stratos and the Lamborghini Miura - two vehicles which many consider to be the most beautiful cars ever created. But it wasn't just sports car designers who were pushing the boundaries of car design, the urban compact needed a futuristic look as well.

This was a period in time when experts were warning of growing gas prices and GM was still producing oversized gas guzzlers. In creating the Pacer, AMC wanted to once again attract car buyers to smaller, more economic cars. Dubbed the "Flying Fishbowl" by Car and Driver magazine, it was built from the ground up to be comfortable for four in an urban environment. With large panes of glass surrounding the passengers and a wide stance, driving a Pacer proved to be a unique experience. Even AMC's marketing tagline reflected it; "you only ride like a Pacer if you're wide like a Pacer."

Over it's relatively short lifetime (1975-1979), over 280,000 Pacers were built. High production numbers meant Pacer values never really grew. Examples in good condition can be purchased today for just under $5,000. Today the AMC Pacer remains a unique collectible car from the 70s.