MORGAN TWP, PA, USA
Up for sale is this 1976 AMC Gremlin, finished in red over a tan interior, powered by a 258 cubic inch V6 running through a three-speed automatic transmission, with 117,473 miles on the clock.
This Gremlin is a great example of a rare sight, the fastidiously maintained 70‘s domestic economy car. This is a model that represents a big change for the American auto industry, AMC’s very American interpretation of the small car – still rear wheel drive with a longitudinally mounted front engine.
Quite a few of these were produced, but it’s hard to find a decent running example – so to find one in this shape is a true treat, and a great opportunity for the right buyer looing for a unique experience – rare even at a Radwood event where, late 20th century cars like these are truly appreciated.
The red exterior refinish on this Gremlin is in very good condition. Flaws are minimal, and the finish is glossy with good depth, and no orange peel visible. In front, the neoprene nose looks pristine with little evidence of chips or pitting, with both the headlights and amber turn signals in excellent condition. Bumper chrome is excellent with good depth, and no evidence of contact damage or alignment issues. The hood is also damage-free, and sports the proper badging on the left side of the “power bulge.”
In back, the condition presents as like-new. All trim and chrome are in excellent condition, and badging is properly placed with some patina when viewed closely, but are intact and clean/ Taillight lenses are clear and free from fogging or fade, and the bumper is in similarly excellent condition.
Along the flanks, the body is free from dents or dings, with striping properly aligned along the panels. Gremlin badges are in their proper position on the front fenders. A minor flaw in the paint finish is noted right behind the trailing edge of the chrome rain gutter on the driver’s side C-pillar.
The Gremlin rolls on polished aluminum Ansen Slot wheels, with BF Goodrich 195/60-15 tires in front, and 235/60-15 tires in back, new and in excellent condition.
The interior of their Gremlin is in very good condition, with many items refreshed or replaced, and presenting very well. The new seat upholstery features cloth inserts in a light tan color, with a darker brown vinyl bolster, and are free from blemish or evidence of wear, front or rear.
A new dashtop was installed as part of the restoration, properly attached and in like-new condition, with no cosmetic issues. The instrument panel is clean and free from scratches or wear, though the plastic lenses for the gauges are yellowed and slightly dull. All instruments and controls are original equipment except for the radio, which is digital with a retro design that looks period correct. All trim including carpeting, headliner, and armrests look excellent and exhibit no signs of wear.
The Gremlin underwent a recent mechanical refresh and light restoration and is in very good condition. The 258 cubic-inch V6 was refreshed and painted in a metallic blue, making it better than new for presentation, Coupled with the three-speed automatic, it runs very well and exhibits no major drivability issues. The seller does note that the Gremlin pulls to the right when braking, and requires stronger than average pedal force to effect a stop, though braking is consistent. The engine bay is exceptionally clean, and all ancillary components like distributor, plug wires, hoses, lines and wiring are all new and in excellent condition.
Underneath, the Gremlin shows some surface rust in some areas, but no areas of concern. Mechanically, some evidence of dripping oil is visible on the transmission pan, but otherwise no issues are evident.
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