All joking aside, that was pretty much it. The other option was the Beetle and the associated early Japanese imports which were small, tinny and rode like crap. They also tended to crush like beer cans in any accident due to their very light construction, often killing their occupants. Weight was generally (and at the time correctly) associated with a better ride and a vehicle that was not a deathtrap. That still has merit even today save for the 'smaller cars invariably being deathtraps' thing.more mass = more inertia = smoother ride
Great thing about Gremlin, Hornet and Pacer was that they were compact, affordable and rear drive. This meant you could drop a serious V8 in one and not worry about chassis flex.Gremlins are sweet. I'd love one with a 401 and a 4spd. Pacers are cool too, in a strange quirky way.
Great thing about Gremlin, Hornet and Pacer was that they were compact, affordable and rear drive. This meant you could drop a serious V8 in one and not worry about chassis flex.
And how old exactly and in what condition were these cars by the time you got 'em? There is a difference between near new and a 10 owner winter beater.No.
I had all 3 of those POS's.
My first car was a cream colored 77 Gremlin that was a POS when I bought it, and was a POS when I finally gave it away. The Pacer wasn't so bad really. Other than drank gas like..well...like a Pacer and was embarrassing to drive.
The Hornet station wagon was so bad I still have nightmares. To anyone who comments on how cool they were...get one and drive the POS as your only car for a few months and then get back to me.
So. Just. No.