There are certain cars that you look at and immediately ponder how it managed to get off the designer’s page and onto the production line and this 1972 AMC Gremlin X is a fine example of that and, in our opinion here at The Coolector, all the more appealing as a result. Going under the hammer with RM Sotheby’s, this bonkers but brilliant looking machine has a guide price of between $40-50k and forms part of the upcoming Open Roads auction.
The 1972 AMC Gremlin X from RM Sotheby’s is, as you can plainly see, not your average looking car and almost looks like its had a mishap in the mechanic’s garage. This weird but wonderful aesthetic is something that gives it a bit of extra charm and auction allure and this particular one is one of the most visually impressive and in the best condition that you’re likely to come across.
Vintage Visual Allure
Despite its unusual visuals, the AMC Gremlin X still became a sales success, becoming widely crafted in large numbers for several years. The Gremlin was introduced in 1970 as a subcompact automobile, and it was manufactured and marketed in a single, two-door body style by American Motors Corporation (AMC). It boasted a shortened Hornet platform and the bodywork had a visually striking, shortened rear-end.
Notable competitors to the AMC Gremlin X at the time included the Chevrolet Vega and Ford Pinto, as well as other imported vehicles like the Volkswagen Beetle and Toyota Corolla. Total production for the AMC Gremlin X achieved over half a million in a single generation. The Gremlin would later be superseded by a restyled and revised variant, known as the AMC Spirit.
The Gremlin X from AMC featured several popular options, such as an AM/FM radio, fabric sunroof, tilt steering wheel, inside hood release, and front disk brakes which were all incorporated in this zany looking steed to give customers a more pleasant and rewarding driving experience. Chances are this will be a popular lot when it goes under the hammer with RM Sotheby’s due to its highly unusual aesthetics and general scarcity (in this condition) so you’ll need to move quickly if you want to add this to your classic car line up.
What’s in a Name?
A gremlin is a mythical entity synonymous with crashing airplanes and breaking machinery, and this is where the AMC Gremlin gets its name. To add to the oddity of the vehicle, it was first unveiled to the public on April Fool’s Day – which seems rather fitting given its somewhat comical appearance. Part of the reason the Gremlin sold so well was that many considered it to be AMC’s smartest car.
If you want to add something unusual to your classic car collection and have $40-50k burning a hole in your pocket, this ace looking 1972 AMC Gremlin X from RM Sotheby’s gets our vote here at Coolector HQ. Eye-catching in the extreme and in fantastic condition for the age – what’s not to like?