AMC Gremlin GT
The American Motors Company introduced the Gremlin on April 1, 1970. Because it was April Fool’s Day, everybody thought it was a joke. This subcompact American-made car with a funny design delivered good fuel economy by the standards of the day. Soon, the Gremlin became a popular, influential model that helped AMC survive the recession of the ‘70s.
AMC extracted all they could from the little Gremlin by constantly introducing different variants, keeping the old platform alive for almost a decade. In 1977, AMC decided to turn the Gremlin into a muscle car, so they installed a 304 V8 engine that pumped out 120 HP. The ridiculously low power resulted in a terrible performance, but the Gremlin GT was quite a looker. It came with a fresh graphics package, sporty wheels and interior equipment.
Realizing the performance was painfully slow even for a wannabe muscle car, AMC installed a 4.2-liter inline-six engine. Although it didn’t produce much more power, it delivered more torque, which was enough to improve it. But the higher torque and heavy discounts they offered didn’t help since they kept the production low at around 3,000 copies. However, they discontinued the GT option for the 1978 model year.