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The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer - Documentary Film

Published on Dec 7, 2013 1,477,994 views

Behind all the jokes and insults, the AMC Pacer is actually a car with a great deal of history. It began as radical new design from an underdog company. In an attempt to combat the big, bland, boxy cars from Detroit's "Big Three," little American Motors Corporation decided to build something a little different. Their one-eyed car stylist Dick Teague proposed a small, wide car with big windows and smooth aerodynamics. Americans had never seen anything like it.
This in-depth documentary tells the true story of the Pacer. Unbeknownst to many, the car persevered through manufacturing setbacks, government regulations, and many other troubles. Featuring a ton of old car advertisements and rare footage of AMC's factory, the film helps paint a picture of the Pacer's world. Director Joe Ligo sits down with AMC stylist Vincent Geraci, author Patrick Foster, and television personalities John Davis and Pat Goss from PBS's MotorWeek.

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  • Listening Point
    Listening Point 3 года назад Everyone laughed at the AMC Eagle and now everyone drives a crossover. The brand was way ahead of their time.
  • AutoMoments
    AutoMoments 3 года назад +Listening Point We just put out a new video about that very subject! https://youtu.be/ogOhl7RbFZM
  • Listening Point
    Listening Point 3 года назад +AutoMoments You don't happen to know where I could get new tail lenses for a 1971 Ambassador SST Coupe do ya?
  • AutoMoments
    AutoMoments 3 года назад Afraid not...  You don't know where we could get a whole Ambassador, do you?  (we want one)
  • Listening Point
    Listening Point 3 года назад +AutoMoments How much do you want to spend and what condition?
  • AutoMoments
    AutoMoments 3 года назад Looking for a "15 footer," a running and driving car that doesn't have to be perfect.  $4,000 or less.  (Until we become rich and famous from our YouTube videos...)
  • Listening Point
    Listening Point 3 года назад +AutoMoments Just saw a 1969 in perfect condition for 8k. Looks to be sold though. I need to stick about 4k in mine to make it a 15 footer. But it does run and drive. :3
  • AutoMoments
    AutoMoments 3 года назад Good luck!
  • Listening Point
    Listening Point 3 года назад +AutoMoments Thanks much! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTWPY_6UAAAatKQ.jpg
  • AutoMoments
    AutoMoments 3 года назад That's awesome.  We'd love to hear more about it.  Feel free to send us an email with some more pics!
  • Maxwelhse
    Maxwelhse 2 года назад +Listening Point I said exactly that in 2001 when I bought my Eagle. Lots of people laughed at me back then... Also of note: Eagle prices have been slowly coming up ever since then.
  • bliglum
    bliglum 2 года назад +Listening Point Trouble with being ahead of your time.. You're not appreciated until after you're dead : (
  • Anthony1
    Anthony1 2 года назад +AutoMoments I know of an old farm within walking distance of my house that has a '74 Ambassador Station Wagon in running condition. From what I understand the guy died in '01 and that was his daily driver, a neighbor looks after the property now (I think it has a 401 in it and i may have some pics)
  • AutoMoments
    AutoMoments 2 года назад Cool!
  • effinchad
    effinchad Год назад This thing had the cameo in Back to the Future as well. Gosh it comes on to the screen very imposingly. They were showing that thing off...here's where we are today, in '85.
  • Bobby Hawkins
    Bobby Hawkins Год назад Listening Point FYI engineers and car people didn't laugh at it and knew it was the wave of the future. They're actually a better design functionally than a crossover SUV, which is really just a passing fad, you have to have a white crossover SUV if you wanna be in the clique. In 5 years it might be green low porfile station wagons for all we know, it's whatever the whim at the time. . The idea of the SUV itself is a very old one that goes back as far as I can remember with the Scouts, Broncos and Jeep Wagons.
  • Boggy
    Boggy Год назад My friend's dad was an AMC engineer. In 1978, I rode along on a day trip in their 1974 Ambassador wagon. I was impressed with its acceleration and agility compared to our Impala clamshell wagon.
  • Boggy
    Boggy Год назад (изменено) The AMC Eagle full-time AWD system was an industry first, and it was superior to many crossovers even today. Look for videos of modern-day AWD vehicles getting stuck in mild conditions to know what I mean.
  • eric zerkle
    eric zerkle Год назад There are still a couple around here still holding strong...
  • eric zerkle
    eric zerkle Год назад It was and it worked and worked well. I dated a lady in the mid to late 1990s that drove an Eagle wagon.
  • cartmanrlsusall
    cartmanrlsusall Год назад I had a chance to buy a javelin, it remains one of my biggest regrets
  • AstronomyToday
    AstronomyToday Год назад Suzuki SX4 Wagon is the modern interpretation of a AMC Eagle...it's a great vehicle.
  • yamahonkawazuki
    yamahonkawazuki Год назад my family had a concorde back in the day. the thing had a manual in it. it imho as a child, was a nice car :) loved the eagles back then, sure, non conventional, but in northern IL we saw them quite often
  • Barry Ervin
    Barry Ervin Год назад That has more to do with the tires being used on many AWD vehicles today. They use the AWD to make cars with wide low profile performance tires just barely driveable in slippery conditions. A few years ago my neighbor bought a new BMW X5 and couldn't wait for snow so he could go out and race around in the snow. The first morning we had 3" of snow he couldn't get it out of his driveway. A guy across the street had to come over and pull him out of his driveway with a 2wd F-150 pickup. When your tires have no traction, they have no traction, AWD or not. 4x0=0.
  • Tourist1967
    Tourist1967 Год назад Could be the Nissan Juke's father. And a few others.
  • FootlessDuck12
    FootlessDuck12 11 месяцев назад Listening Point I would love to have AMC Eagle.
  • JavierCR25
    JavierCR25 11 месяцев назад I’ve always thought the same.
  • Jensen Interceptor
    Jensen Interceptor 10 месяцев назад cartmanrlsusall I could have bought one too, it had a 390 and the body was perfect with beautiful orange custom paint
  • Barry Pfost
    Barry Pfost 10 месяцев назад I work in keno see some cool amc cars ,havent seen a pacer
  • TheZXKUQYB
    TheZXKUQYB 9 месяцев назад That car was a pain in the rear to work on. I had a friend's eagle in highschool battery die, so we tried to roll start it. The clutch went while roll starting it. The mechanical clutch linkage was another pain to replace. His clutch pedal was like a leg press to use. Man that was a wasted week of my life, trying to get the parts.
  • rob379
    rob379 9 месяцев назад Listening Big
  • Yo momma's Pimp
    Yo momma's Pimp 8 месяцев назад Listening Point true that 😂
  • Okoboji
    Okoboji 8 месяцев назад I remember at the time that Back to the Future came out, the AMC Eagle was very popular car. Jennifer Parker’s dad drove an AMC Eagle in the movie.
  • jeff Craven
    jeff Craven 8 месяцев назад I lost my virginity in an brand new Eagle in 1978; plenty of leg room, & a very nice powerful little car. Oh Kathy!
  • jeff Craven
    jeff Craven 8 месяцев назад Well it was a '79 Eagle, but loved it in '78.
  • john tracy
    john tracy 7 месяцев назад The Honda Crosstour looks very similar to the AMC Eagle.