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Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by PAPA G, May 19, 2017.
Some really cool stuff, enjoy all!
Thanks Papa!! Like that Olds Toronado. I recall when they came out. Looked like about 7 m.p.g.
What US car manufacturer had the most successful air cooled engine?
The H.H. Franklin Manufacturing Company of Syracuse, NY built America's most successful air-cooled automobile, with its first innovative air-cooled motorcar in 1902 and continued production until 1934. Of the 150,000 Franklins built between 1902 and 1934, it's estimated that about 3,700 have survived.
How do I know this? My father is/was a collector and regional club president...
Somehow it is not a stretch to imagine the Gremlin being designed on a napkin on an airplane.
Calling it a Gremlin must have been from all the free booze they had in those days.
I remember the TV ad with a young lady driving her Gremlin, and a boorish guy laughs and asks where the rest of her car is.
I once dated a girl who had a yellow Gremlin. Used to tease her that she looked like a kid in a giant roller skate.
I remember when my mother was looking to replace her Hornet, she asked what car she should buy. (We were an AMC family.) I tried to get her to buy a Javelin (on the theory I could buy it from her in a year or two or three), but she thought it was too much car for her. So she bought an AMC Pacer instead. She loved it. Dad and I loathed it. Even though I know the story behind the Pacer, I still think it qualifies as a major automotive blunder.
The one thing Mom and Dad and I agreed on was that the Gremlin was not even going to be considered.
Hey hey hey, I was running for a few years on an AMC Spirit. Was OK except it had no AC, and the third party one I put in it would always freeze up and start blowing hot air until I let it defrost some. The engine was fine, paint, not so good.
Spirit is a rebodied Gremlin, as the Concorde is a restyled Hornet.
Good cars, all. AMC simply got no respect. In the latter days, management made some poor decisions. Same as with Studebaker earlier.
I had a Rambler once and an AMC Javelin SST, must be why I now have GMs and Mercedes.
you could shoehorn a big block dodge engine in a Gremlin and still change the spark plugs.
you could only get a small block in a Pinto.
Then y'all need to journey here to Tucson and visit the Franklin Auto museum.
The only one in the world that I know of and he has examples of their horse and buggy days as well.
They are open during the winter portion of the year, closed from memorial day to labor dar.
My little 1968 AMX was the best car I ever owned. I really miss it. Same car now is in the mid five figures, as a collector car.
I always got a kick out of the A/C controls panel in the AMC's, they had a setting on it that said "Desert only"! I guess it wasn't allowed to be used if driving through the county!
Yep father-in-law had a Rebel with that "Desert Only" button.
LOL.....! Did he ever use it while driving through the city??
Ha I wonder myself Coach! What a gimmick.
Found this for you old AMC fans!
Great little history lesson on my favorite auto company.