1973 AMC Gremlin
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400 Horsepower Gremlin
1973 AMC Gremlin
- 360ci V8
- 400 Horsepower
- Super T10 4 Speed Manual Transmission
- 3.91 Twin Grip Rear End
- Original Red Exterior With Aftermarket Custom Stripes and Black Hood
- Levis Interior
“… 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 unlike the Volkswagen Beetle, the Gremlin styling was most often called “cute.”
The red-on-Levi's-blue '73 Gremlin offered here is not only cute, it's an amazingly well-kept, upgraded, and performance-enhanced original car. This one-of-a-kind, 400-horsepower Gremlin upholds both the model's heritage and American Motors' Seventies motorsport history.
The car's factory-original red metallic paint is extremely well-maintained; owners must've taken painstaking care of the car. The finish and the custom graphics (added later) are unfaded. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, please be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) The custom, multi-color striping is unique to the car; the optional roof rack is relatively rare. The body is free of any signs of damage; no dings and no dents. All chrome trim, bumpers included, is original and in excellent condition. The black-out hood and AMC-period-correct hood scoop are added. Original emblems—including the AMC rear-deck badge, Gremlin-badged fuel filler, and multiple gremlin-caricature body emblems—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 most of the rest of the car—in original condition. Lighting lenses are clear and uncracked. Original 14-inch, silver-painted steel wheels (with American Motors hubcaps and chrome trim rings) are mounted with BFGoodrich® 205/70 raised-white-letter tires.
The interior color theme was set by the highly desirable “Levi's interior” option. The seat upholstery and door trim is all in blue Levi's denim square-pattern stitching. (Note the Levi's buttons and orange stitching as well as the Levi's tag on the seat upholstery.) Door trim includes gremlin-caricature emblems and storage pockets with twist-closure hardware. Cabin floors and the cargo area are covered in matching blue carpeting. The blue AMC-branded steering wheel frames simple instrumentation with three round center gauges set in turned-metal trim. An AutoMeter® Sport comp tachometer is mounted on the left-hand side of the steering column. A Hurst® grab-handle shift lever for the Super T10 4-speed manual transmission is located on the center console which bisects the two front bucket seats. AutoMeter gauges monitoring coolant temperature and oil pressure are mounted forward on the console. AMC Weather Eye heat and ventilation controls are located in the center stack; the factory radio has been deleted. The car's blue fabric headliner shows no droopiness, damage, or discoloration. (Please view the close-up photography in the gallery to assess the condition of the Gremlin's various interior surfaces.)
Under the hood, the 360-cubic-inch, AMC V8 is the focal point in a clean, detailed engine bay. Engine-block paint is the correct AMC turquoise. Offenhauser®-branded, finned valve covers, an open-sided (to accept cold air through the hood scoop) air cleaner with a chrome cover (bearing an AMC engine-nomenclature sticker), bare-metal intake manifold, and chrome shock-tower anchors add a good deal of flair. 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. The full-length dual-exhaust system with x-pipe, 3.91 Twin-Grip rear end, and clean lower engine surfaces are all visual focal points. (To best evaluate the condition of undercarriage surfaces, please review the gallery photos shot from below.)
While the more than 140 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '73 Gremlin in detail from every angle, including from below, 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 a fair bit of racing success. For a time back then, the company 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 original and performance-enhanced '73 Gremlin still around, American Motors may be gone, but it's far from forgotten.