The 1977 VAM Pacer was almost the same as in the previous year on the outside but even more luxurious on the inside. Units equipped with the A/C obtained the complete set of five dashboard air vents and also included a 55-amp alternator, a flexible seven-bladed cooling fan, a three-line radiator, and a fan shroud. Dass ein AMC Pacer ein Kompaktauto ist, glauben ja auch nur Amis.
The copper buttons in AMC's other Levi's models were omitted, and a Levi's logo sticker was added to each front fender. (The agreement also permitted Curtiss-Wright to sell rotaries elsewhere. " Even before its introduction, AMC's Board Chairman Roy D. Chapin, Jr. described "It will be a visibly different car, maybe even controversial. Als Leistung gab Randall 300+ hp und als Verbrauch 9,5 mpg (24,7 Liter pro 100 km) an.  C.T Wooler converted the Pacer to right-hand drive by leaving the majority of the steering gear on the left-hand side of the car, and running a chain-drive behind the dashboard from the steering wheel (now on the right-hand side) to the top of the steering column.  A further complication was the purchasing dynamics and the Pacer's design was focused on maximizing the internal sense of space, while the market focused on external dimensions. Dank großzügiger Glasflächen war die Übersichtlichkeit des Pacer überdurchschnittlich.
" Road & Track ran a cover story with design and engineering details. DeLuxe Eight | The two-tone treatment was changed in 1977 to an "up and over the roof" accent paint scheme for the remainder of production.. Six | Die 1975 produzierten Fahrzeuge wurden dem Modelljahr 1976 zugeordnet und erhielten die Modellnummer 7666-7 (die beiden ersten Ziffern zeigen das Modelljahr an). This made passenger loading easier, particularly from the rear seats; and they would also tend to use the safer curbside in countries that drive on the right.  A total of 280,000 cars were built.
, Für 1980 erfuhr der Pacer nur wenige optische Änderungen.
vs. the standard 12-oz) as standard, plus amenities that were otherwise options, including: AM radio, power door locks, power windows, and tilt steering wheel.  They commended the car's comfort: "Even with its compact exterior dimensions, the Pacer is one of the most comfortable 4-passenger cars around...The wide bucket seats were firm, but very comfortable...Front passenger leg room is extraordinary even with the seat racked well forward, and the rear seat leg room exceeds such full-sizers as the Buick Riviera and Continental Mark IV. Big Six | Although the car appears throughout both movies, it is seen the most in the introductory scene of the first Wayne's World movie. Concord |
Im Januar 1972 wurde ein Tonmodell des Pacer von internen Fachleuten begutachtet und positiv aufgenommen. , American Motors vehicles were exported to the United Kingdom during the 1960s and 1970s and sold by Rambler Motors (A.M.C.) Rambler | , Pacers without the optional vinyl roof trim could be finished in several unique two-tone paint combinations, with front and rear scuff molding extensions on the body sides. The rounded shape and large glass area were unusual compared with the three-box designs of the era.  Vehicle tests that focused on the electrical drive system including the batteries, controller, and motor "found that the Pacer performance is approximately equal to the majority of the vehicles tested in the 1977 assessment. The "Limited": Available in 1979–1980, the Limited had leather seats, extra soundproofing, and deeper-pile carpet (18-oz. Insgesamt wurden 1746 Exemplare verkauft, wovon 1341 auf den Kombi entfielen.
", and the standard 232 cu in (3.8 L) I6, with a single-barrel carburetor and optimized for low emissions (all vehicles at the time carried emissions-reducing devices, including exhaust gas recirculation); was relatively low-powered ("The Pacer comes with either of two AMC inline six-cylinder engines, both producing 100 bhp, but the larger 258-cu-in. Automobile buyers in the U.S. became adjusted to smaller and lighter cars, particularly the imports that offered better gas mileage presented, the AMC Pacer could not match the German and Japanese cars. for the basic Pacer when we first wrote about the car, and that already seemed quite heavy; but when we weighed the test car (whose air conditioning, automatic transmission, power steering and so forth would not account for the full difference) it registered an astounding 3425 lb. It's an idea that represents a transition between what has been and what's coming. Jean-Charles, the AMC distributor in Paris, France, compared the rounded body of the new Pacer to the buttocks of an attractive woman in magazine advertisements. The year of 1977 was the first in which a VAM car could be ordered with a factory air conditioning system, the Pacer being no exception. 880 | Carl Green Enterprises (CGE) Pacers: these cars, modified by automobile designer Carl Green, had 401 cu in (6.6 L) AMC V8 engines plus flares, air dams, and wings. 1977: Die Baureihe wird durch die Kombi-Variante "Wagon" ergänzt. Das Pacer Hatchback Modell 7866-7 kostete nun ab 4048 Dollar (ab 4298 Dollar mit V8) und der Wagon Modell 7868-7 ab 4193 Dollar (ab 4443 Dollar mit V8). Für einen bequemeren Einstieg zur Rückbank war die Beifahrertür gut 10 cm (fast 4 Zoll) länger als die Fahrertür.
The wagon version was only five inches longer (127 mm) and weighed only 76 pounds (34 kg) more than the coupe. The car's extra weight—due in part to the safety equipment and the abundance of heavy glass—hurt fuel economy: production models tested by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave 16 mpg‑US (15 L/100 km; 19 mpg‑imp) in the city, but 26 mpg‑US (9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpg‑imp) or better on the highway (depending on driving habits and transmission), thanks to aerodynamic efficiency.  He said the ride was "not choppy as in so many short-wheelbase cars", the rack-and-pinion steering gave "handling a feeling of precision ... sticking well in turns, with hard cornering generally solid and predictable", the "tight turning radius" made parking "easy", and the steering wheel was too big.
It featured a high-output version of the 282 cu in (4.6 L) engine with a higher 8.5:1 compression ratio, semi-ported head, centrifugal advance-modified electronic distributor for higher acceleration, a set of headers with two final outlets divided between the first three and second three cylinders (even though a final single exhaust was used through a Y-shaped portion) and the return of the Holley 2300 two-barrel carburetor.  According to Business Week, the 1970s were "infamous for disco, Watergate and some of the ugliest cars ever.
", The "outside of the box" thinking incorporated by AMC in the Pacer as the first "wide, small car" attempted to capture a revolutionary change in marketplace, but a radical departure from what was accepted by consumers as "good styling" was a risky strategy.
 Pacers share the drivetrain as well as other parts and components with other AMC models, while new old stock (NOS), used, and reproduction parts are available from vendors specializing in AMC vehicles. Many of the attributes the Pacer incorporated became the goal of all manufacturers in the two decades that followed.
Hornet | , American Motors was evaluating the Pacer as a compact personal luxury model with the Crown Pacer concept car that was first shown at the 1978 Chicago Auto Show. Single Six |
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