1977 AMC Gremlin
58k Original Miles
1977 AMC Gremlin
- Red on Red
- 232ci 6-Cylinder
- 58k Original Miles
- Excellent Example
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“… I was talking to the guys that are putting them together, and they say it's the most rugged car we've ever built.” AMC chief designer, Dick Teague, quoted in Automobile Magazine, January 2020
The Automobile Magazine article on the Gremlin told of the car's origin: “The Gremlin was part of an uncoordinated response to the onslaught of the imports. GM and Ford were developing their first-ever subcompact cars, the Vega and the Pinto, but AMC didn't have that kind of cash. It was already shoulder-deep in the development of the 1970 Hornet compact, and it had just spent $70 million to buy Kaiser Motors' money-losing Jeep division. Whatever they developed had to be done on the cheap, and cutting down the Hornet seemed the most cost-effective method. The best way for the car to distinguish itself was through styling.” Not un like the Volkswagen Beetle, the Gremlin styling was most often called “cute.”
The dark red-on-red '77 Gremlin offered here is not only cute, it's an amazingly well-kept, original car with just 58,425 miles showing on its odometer, a remarkable 3,328 miles per-year on average across its 44 years. It's hard to conceive a much better Gremlin exists out there.
The car's dark-red metallic paint is original and extremely well-maintained. Prior owners must've taken painstaking care of the car. The gloss and uniformity of the finish is much the same as when the car first left the Kenosha, Wisconsin American Motors assembly plant. The “hockey stick” striping is original to the car, as is the optional roof rack. The body is free of any signs of damage. All chrome trim, bumpers included, is original and in excellent condition. Full American Motors-branded factory chrome wheel covers are installed; blackwall tires are mounted. Lighting lenses are clear and uncracked. Emblems—including the AMC rear-deck badge—are correctly in place. Cabin glass—including the large rear hatch (less well-equipped Gremlins had no hatch; cargo had to enter through the side doors)—is clear and, like much of the rest of the car—in as-new, original condition.
Inside, the interior color theme is red and dark red. The seat upholstery and door trim is dark red vinyl with handsome square-pattern stitching. Cabin floors and the cargo area are covered in red plush carpeting. The AMC-branded steering wheel frames simple, but complete instrumentation with two round center gauges prominent. Automatic-transmission shifter is column-mounted. AMC Weather Eye air-conditioning controls are located in the center stack above the original American Motors-branded AM pushbutton radio. Overall, the red dashboard is in excellent condition with just a minor delamination noted near the glovebox. The car's red fabric headliner shows no droopiness or discoloration.
Under the hood, the 232 cubic inch, straight 6-cylinder powerplant is the focal point in a clean, but not overly detailed, engine bay. Engine-block paint is the correct AMC turquoise. All proper components are present and correctly mounted. Viewed from below, the car's chassis is complete. There are no signs of abuse or damage.
While the more than 150 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this Gremlin in detail, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
American Motors aficionados hold the company's Seventies models in especially high esteem. After all, that was the decade when AMC enjoyed unprecedented popularity, and for a time, looked like it had a long-term future as an independent American manufacturer. Alas, that was not to be. Fortunately, with examples as well-kept as this '77 Gremlin still around, American Motors may be gone, but it's far from forgotten.