• Dec 4, 2008
Click above for high-res image gallery of Jeff Teague's AMC Gremlin

Jeff Teague is the son of former AMC design chief Dick Teague, and his father's work at the scrappy independent automaker created some of the most memorable designs ever. Jeff Teague is a designer himself, and not too long ago his reimagining of the AMX musclecar caught our eye. That exercise left Teague so inspired that he fleshed out what a modern-day Gremlin might look like. Being fond of the original helps us like this new take on the car, even if it's pretty far removed looks-wise. We like that it's not blatantly retro; the only real concession to the past is the C-Pillar shape, and hey, the Infiniti FX already swiped that. The proportions and overall look bring to mind several current vehicles from other manufacturers, making us think that the Gremlin was about 35 years ahead of its time.


[Source: socalamc.com via Hemmings]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Overall the shape is decent. Nice modeling. The shaker hood scoop looks good (if I remember right there was a Gremlin with an OEM hood like that...?)

      crit:
      Where the rear quarter-panel meets the bumper needs a lot of attention.
      Also the way the wheel arches stop at the door brings too much attention to themselves. It could save in construction but I think more could be done to give it better side sculpting.
      The headlights need some work to give them some cool-factor (same thing with the tail-lights).

      Between the Gremlin and the Pacer I always like the Pacer more. Seemed more futuristic... but man were they hot inside (my friends mom had one). Someone should build it again put a rotary in it... I remember that it was a nightmare to even change the spark-plugs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm no big hatch fan but that really looks cool. Too bad it'll never see the light of day. :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        I couldn't possibly disagree with you more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We already have a new Gremlin, its called the Jeep Compass. Just compare the two. The lines are really close
      • 6 Years Ago
      As for the comments about acorns denting a Gremlin and the glass shattering upon shutting the door; most Gremlin owners, people who ACTUALLY DID OWN the cars, found them quite durable. A recent hail storm in my home town dented cars all over the neighborhood, yet my two Gremlins left outside suffered NO damage what-so-ever!

      I'm in the automotive business and customers who see the Gremlins who were previous owners always have great stories to tell. Usually something to the effect, "I bought one of these for 75 dollars and drove it until I graduated college and then sold it for 150 dollars. Best car I ever owned!"

      It's the former owners that would like to see a return of the Gremlin. Not just any car with the Gremlin name mind you. A car worthy of being called a Gremlin! If the cost weren't too high I'd buy a new one.

      I've seen people criticize Corvettes, Mustangs, Corollas and even Mercedes Benz cars. Nothing new in that. But the thousands of us holding on to the vintage Gremlins know most of you are just blowing steam!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I knew an original Gremlin - it was the biggest POS I ever saw. My friend who owned it parked it under an oak tree one time and a few acorns fell on the roof and left huge dents. Another time he simply shut the door with the window rolled down and the window shattered inside the door. What a massive lemon those (and all AMC) cars were...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it looks alright.
      But then again, I really liked the original Gremlin. ]
      Being 8 years old at the time could have been a factor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My dad had a '74 Gremlin, blue with an orange stipe and Levi's package. I loved that car and would buy another one tomorrow if it became available.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Being fond of the original helps us like this new take on the car, even if it's pretty far removed looks-wise. "

      "The proportions and overall look bring to mind several current vehicles from other manufacturers, making us think that the Gremlin was about 35 years ahead of its time."

      Wanna explain that logic? A re-imagined car, that looks nothing like the original, reminds you of current production vehicles, leading to the assumption that the original car was ahead of its time?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I could seriously see this as a Saab 9-1X. Other then the grille, it screams Saab, but wouldn't make a bad Gremlin. Maybe perhaps a good looking one this time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate to admit that I owned a Gremlin when I was young. Definitely not a babe magnet (major understatement ;-), I was still happy (as I was always broke) that it got ~30 mpg with the 232 6, 3 speed manual and electric overdrive. I beat the crap out of that car, and also drove it all over the country. It was still running when I sold it, with well over 100K miles on it. It never failed to get me to my destination.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh hell no! Ugly. Useless. What question does this answer for which a GTI wouldn't be the better choice?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "How much chrome can you possibly fit onto a tiny hatchback to make an ugly car gaudy and even uglier?"
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's just me or it looks like a "Dode Zeo concept" sketch?
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