Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!
DAY FORTY-FOUR: 1970 AMC Gremlin
American Motors built 27,688 new two-door, four-passenger Gremlin sedans and 872 two-door models with no back seat for that inaugural 1970 sales year. It’s anybody’s guess how many are left in unmolested shape. And it’s possible John Zastrow might have the only green-on-green ’70 survivor. It isn’t as flashy as the first Gremlin he had back in 1971. “I ordered a 1971 Gremlin from a dealership in Stevens Point [Wis.]," he remembers. "At that time gas prices were starting to go up, so I considered that. I think it was $1,995, but with all the options it came to almost $3,000. It was still a good deal.
“The thing is I traded in a 1967 Mustang fastback, which I wish I had today. It’s the one car I wish I still had, but I had over 100,000 miles on the Mustang, and it was worn out. I liked the style. Everybody thought it was ugly, but I like something different. It was a nice car. It was white with the red Gremlin X strip on it and it had a sunroof and all the options … fancy wheels. A lot of options on it. I sold it to a fellow I worked with in probably ’78, around there. A few years after that I thought it would be nice to have another Gremlin again, because you don’t see them anymore and the ones you do see are all souped up with big tires and big engines.”
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