How Do You Shop for a Classic AMC Pacer?


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As of 2015, shop for a classic American Motors Company Pacer at ClassicCars.com, AutoTraderClassics.com and Hemmings.com. The websites contain photographs, descriptions and seller contact information of individuals and dealers offering the two-door, four-passenger Pacer in locations across the United States. Search ClassicCars.com by year, state and keywords. At Hemmings.com, search parameters include condition, price range and distance from a ZIP code. AutoTraderClassics.com uses search criteria including keywords, vehicle color and mileage. AMC manufactured the Pacer from 1975 to 1980.

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When AMC introduced the Pacer in 1975, the vehicle price was about $3,300. The Detroit automaker produced approximately 280,860 of the vehicles; about 220,350 coupes and, beginning in 1977, about 60,510 station wagons. The rear-wheel drive car features a three-speed automatic transmission, or a three- or four-speed manual one. Engine sizes range from a 3.8-liter six-cylinder model that delivers 90 horsepower, to a 5.0-liter V8 that delivers 130 horsepower.

With an interior about 77 inches wide, the hatchback Pacer has the interior capacity to compete with full-size cars. At the same time, the two-door model is about 171 inches long, shorter than a compact hatchback. The 1976 model year was the high point for Pacer sales. Even though AMC improved the car's style in 1978, its sales continued to decline until the automaker ended production.

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