As many of you hardcore fans know, Tony Taylor coordinates deliveries for all cars coming into Gas Monkey Garage. A few weeks back, Tony received a middle-of-the-night e-mail from Richard saying he bought another AMC Gremlin, the 7th we’ve had at the garage.
We all know you shouldn’t throw water on a Gremlin, and it was about to rain in Dallas when the delivery trailer rolled up. Tony and the driver were looking for a quick unload, but that didn’t happen. The front tires were flat and the car was moving slowly so Tony needed the forklift and some inch-by-inch maneuvering to clear the ramp.
Richard obviously knows there’s a market for Gremlins as they have a cult-like following among collectors. Back in the early 1970s the AMC Gremlin was marketed as “America’s First Compact Car” and went head-to-head with its contemporaries like the Volkswagen Beetle, Chevy Vega and Ford Pinto.
This particular car is a 1974 Gremlin X in G3 dark green with a 4.2 liter six-cylinder engine that puts out about 110 HP. The 1974 X model is the 1st year the side stickers featured a hockey stick-like pattern as well as the new typeface for the Gremlin nameplate.