Gremlin changed the way people looked at cars and how cars looked. Gremlin car offers young car buyers looking for an economical alternative to the large cars of the era.
* Model Introduction
- Gremlin car was introduced in April 1970 as a 1970 1/2 model.
- The new subcompact economy car was related to the American Motors Corporation’s brand-new Hornet in its platform and styling, but featured a chopped rear end with styling unlike anything else at that time.
- Gremlin car was one of the earliest cars that could be called a hatchback.
- Two and four seat models were offered. One of the car’s big selling points was its choice of two inline six cylinder engines displacing 199 cubic inches and 232 cubic inches.
* History Changes
- in 1971, the two seat model was discontinued. A new top-level trim, the Gremlin X, had trademark side stripes and a few minor performance enhancements.
- 1972, the model brought the introduction of a V-8 model to the lineup, displacing 304 cubic inches and developing 150 horsepower.
- 1973, the model featured few changes save for small modifications to exterior styling and a larger back seat.
- 1974, styling went through a major refresh with both front and rear ends looking significantly different.
- 1976, the V-8 engine was dropped and reworked exterior styling differentiated the car from earlier models.
- 1977, Gremlin car was completely redesigned on a shortened platform, though mechanically it was very close to its predecessor.
- 1978, the interior was restyled while the car mechanically remained nearly the same.
- 1979, Gremlin was replaced with American Motors Corporation’s new Spirit lift back model.
- After nine years of production, the gremlin car was finally sent out. The Spirit was a much more modern car, though its styling was similar to other early 1980s era models and without the charm of its predecessor.
* Collectors ( Today )
- Gremlin car has a solid fan base, though because the model’s tendency to rust and the perils of keeping cars produced 40 years ago, fewer and fewer examples are patrolling roads today.
- The v-8 models are desirable and quick enough to keep up with today’s sporty compact cars like the standard Honda Civic.
- Gremlin has been featured on several modern TV sports.