Note from Cameron: I like this car because my Dad owned another AMC product: the Javelin. He really loved that car and was sad to see it go. I thought we should run a video about the Pacer and AMC. Enjoy!
The 1970s were a tough time for cars. 3 oil crises and new pollution standards caught American manufactures off guard. They did not have engines prepared for smog regulations. They did not have design changes needed for the new safety standards that the Federal government were imposing on new cars. They did not have small, fuel efficient, cars that Americans wanted to compensate for the climb in fuel prices and the resulting shortages. Japanese automakers had been dealing with pollution and fuel efficiency standards for 20 years and their cars were ready for the new environment. Their manufacturing was more efficient too making their cars far cheaper than anything Detroit was putting out.
However, one small car company in Wisconsin had a solution. Their solution was called the Pacer. It was small, futuristic, sporty, and most importantly it was fuel-efficient (for its day). It was just the type of car that could keep up with the new imports from Japan. American Motor Corporation, an amalgamation of independent car companies was ready to change how Americans thought about American cars. However, despite its initial popularity, the pacer didn’t last very long. Neither did AMC for that matter. By 1981, both the Pacer and AMC were history. So what happened? They had the perfect car for the early smog days. This video demonstrates the story of the AMC Pacer.
Watch it here: