American Motors launched its revolutionary at the time Pacer in 1975 and produced its “first wide small car” through the model year 1979. AMC’s chief stylist Richard A. Teague began work on the Pacer concept in 1971 with the idea of producing a roomy small car powered by a Wankel Rotary engine. Teague developed what became the first mass-produced “cab-forward’ design in a mass-produced American-built car. The Pacer’s width equaled full-sized domestic vehicles at that time and its large expanses of glass quickly earned it the nickname “The Flying Fishbowl.”
In addition to its innovative styling, Pacers featured many unique features that included a four-inch longer passenger door, isolated front, and rear suspensions, and rare-at-the-time rack and pinion steering. Unfortunately, when GM pulled the plug on rotary engine development (AMC planned to buy rotary engines from GM for the Pacer), AMC was stuck using its venerable 232 cu in straight-six that initially was too long to fit in the Pacer’s design. This combined with a heavy-for-its-size chassis to provide a small car with only modest fuel economy. Consequently, sales quickly started declining after the novel design wore off consumers.
The seller of the 61K mile Tan over Tan example presented here states that this is a nice solid Pacer that is rust-free, features new paint, and a beautiful original interior. In addition to featuring power steering, power brakes, and a factory AM/FM radio, this Pacer comes equipped with new tires, fresh brakes, a rebuilt carburetor, and a new front grille that was not installed when these pictures were taken.