1973 AMC Gremlin X
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1973 AMC Gremlin X
- California Car
- Factory 304 Replaced With A 401ci V8 in 2021
- 4 Speed Manual Transmission
- Yellow Over Tan Interior
- Window Sticker
- Maintenance Records
High inflation, rising gas prices, changing emissions requirements, and the Watergate trials were among the events happening at the time that a Gremlin like this one could've been driven off the showroom floor. AMC's Gremlin was a response to the Japanese compact cars that were beginning to take up a considerable amount of the market share. Other American cars that were developed to try and gain back some market share from the import brands were the Chevy Vega, and the Ford Pinto. The Gremlin, Pinto, and Vega had pretty mundane styling, but the versions of those cars that had larger engines were fun. The combination of a big engine in a small car always makes for a vehicle that will put a grin on drivers faces. In the case of this Gremlin X, the power to weight ratio is favorable for fun.
Offered here is a Mellow Yellow (code E9) Gremlin X. This car spent a majority of its life in the Oxnard California area, and covered a low amount of miles. Its first owner was a World War II veteran who served in the 812th Bombardment Squadron whose mascot was a Gremlin. It was a special car for him, as he only put about 20k miles on the car. The car comes with an original window sticker, a stack of maintenance and parts receipts, and a display board as seen in our photos.
The car was lightly restored by the couple who purchased the car from the first owner. It's finished in Mellow Yellow. (Sorry if you have the Donovan Mellow Yellow song stuck in your head now.) The paint is evenly applied and is glossy. Body panel fitment is dialed in, although the orange section between the tail lights is fading a bit in spots. Since it's been optioned with the Gremlin X package, there were exterior styling add ons like a stripe, painted grille, “slot style” 14”x6” wheels, and Gremlin decals. Other exterior details include a chrome roof rack, updated headlights, dual exhaust, white letter radial tires, a rear spoiler, and a Gremlin adorned gas cap. Interestingly, AMC decided against having a hatchback “lid” that could open, and opted to have only the back window glass open. This meant that the body of the car had some extra rigidity.
Inside the car are a few other cool options that were part of the Gremlin X package. Bucket seats, sports steering wheel, cargo insulation and carpeting, space saver spare tire, and the interior appointment package which looks to include an updated gauge cluster. The seats have been recovered, but have a period correct two tone tan/brown color scheme. A Hurst shifter was added which gives away the fact that there is a larger engine under the hood.
Under the hood is a 401ci V8. Since then the engine has been cleaned up and dressed up with a few Edelbrock parts - intake manifold, and chrome valve covers. MSD plug wires, an aluminum radiator, and MSD ignition are a few other upgrades made to the power plant.
As it was when this Gremlin rolled off the assembly line, we are in the midst of an interesting political climate, inflation is fluctuating, and gas prices have been on a roller coaster. Seems that the time to buy a Gremlin X would be now. This car served its first owner well as he was seeing similar news stories to recent events. Make some room for this little monster in your collection, unlike the evil Gremlins in the famous '80's movie, this Gremlin will have you smiling from ear to ear. Please call if interested or e-mail with specific questions. Thanks for looking.