We'll be the first to admit that AMC Pacers don't send tingles of excitement down our backs when we see them. Truly an innovative car for its time that fell a bit short on delivery, the Pacer developed a cult following that appreciates its functional funk. It was designed to be as spacious as a full-size car inside and as small and aerodynamic as possible on the outside - function over form doesn't make this thing beautiful.

But no matter how innovative Pacers were, or how valuable they are today, it's hard to imagine somebody would spend $55,000 on restoring one. But that's just what the seller of this 1975 model eBay find did. We wouldn't be surprised if we never found a nicer Pacer.

The seller says the odometer shows a bit over 22,206 miles, but that since the restoration was done it has been driven under 10 miles on and off the trailer going to and coming from concours events. It's not mentioned when the restoration took place, however.

The seller says the car is totally original, though we can't call it that because the seller claims it had a repaint - even if it was in the original Trans Am Red color. Otherwise, if the seller is to be believed, the car is almost original and totally period correct, including the bias-ply tires.

After 16 bids at time of writing, the price has jumped to $7,300, but the reserve hasn't been met. The seller isn't looking to get all the money back from the restoration, however, as the Buy It Now price is set at $17,500.


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      Dunk
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would drive that car!
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      A manual, rwd, hatchback? Sign me up. I miss cars like and the ae86. Only rwd hatch I can currently think of atm is the European only BMW 1series hatch.
      pghcc2006
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah yes, labor rates are a beautiful thing. i'm fairly ceratin if the 55K figure is real labor makes up about 80% of the cost. The chinese need to get into the biz quick. and yes i'd much rather see this at a car show than another tri-five, 1rst gen mustang or another walmart hot rod with an LS stuffed in it.
      John P
      • 1 Year Ago
      My Pacer was way cooler... because it was 2 tone-Med Tan lower and Cream on top with the iconic" Indian Blanket " upholstery. The best color combo I ever saw was yellow lower-white upper...kind of like a reverse fried egg. Drivers in other less cool cars would just look thru you as if you didn't exist. I still contend that Porsche copied the Pacer in their "design" of the 928-the car with the $ 1500 water pump.
      stevenh
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is a great example of the junk America made in the 70's and why they are no longer an automotive powerhouse. With crap like this no wonder the Japanese car manufacturers saw an opportunity and seized it
        jz78817
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stevenh
        Translation: "I was born in the 1990s and learned everything I know about cars by watching Top Gear. Which means I know nothing about cars."
          stevenh
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jz78817
          You can't assume anything, I was born in the early 60's, I work on cars as a hobby, I race and involved in the auto industry and know more than you probably ever know. I experienced the crap that detroit made first hand and vowed never buy another one of their cars. I will say that there are a couple of bright spots lately namely the Corvette, ATS, CTS but tell me that the stuff in the 70's 80's and 90's was not complete trash. In case you don't remember this might jog your memory: Mustang II, Pinto, X-body, Chevette, Vega, everything from AMC except the Jeep, Horizon, GM Diesel, V8-6-4, Cimarron, Granada, Versailles, Aztec, Fiero, Premier, EV1 and the list can go on and on. There is a reason that 2 of the big 3 went bankrupt and one is now owned by the Italians.
        bootsnchaps60
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stevenh
        Actually it was the stubborn belief of American buyers that gas would always be cheap and the rolling lounges that were full sized cars were what was best. The 70's brought us the rusting at the end of assembly LUV truck which was Japanese. But when the Acura was made, first larger Japanese car as I recall, the Big 3 should have paid attention. Now the rolling lounges are called SUVs and trucks, from all makers.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 1 Year Ago
      For that kind of money, you have to finish it in Wayne's World paint and graphics. Those who recognize it will smile: http://www.carpictures.com/vehicle/06K7H023501016/AMC-Pacer-Wayne-s-World-Mirthmobile-1976
      Niels Marienlund
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is such a refreshing change from the plethora of Mustangs, '57 Chevys, Chargers, Challengers, and Corvettes that saturate classic car shows. I love all classic rides, but I get sick to death of seeing the same damn cars with 4 different engines and 30 different colors at every show I go to, and even on the street. I mean, sometimes I feel like there are more '72 Chevelles around today than there were in 1972. This car is something extra special today because it's been years or even decades since most people have ever seen one.
        Red-eye
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Niels Marienlund
        There is a reason you see the same 4 cars at auto shows. Because they are the four best and most sought after.
        bootsnchaps60
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Niels Marienlund
        There was an AMC Eagle wagon for sale locally on Craigslist that I would like to have had. I agree, I'd rather have a unique car like a Hornet hatchback, a Matador coupe, an Aztek, a Marlin, a 59 Buick or a Holden/Pontiac GTO than the same four cars you reference.
      chirowolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are soooo many cool cars out there to be brought back and what does this owner pick? A PACER? Really? But it is still awesome in a weird kinda way Whatever floats your boat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chirowolf
        [blocked]
      jz78817
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have to wonder how many people reading Autoblog even know that AMC even existed.
        Mudotaku
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jz78817
        Dude, I was born in 1983 and I know that Edsel existed decades before I was born. AMC will be remembered. Wayne`s World reruns on TV will spread the AMC Pacer in future generation minds.
        imoore
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jz78817
        I grew up riding in my Grandfather's 1968 Ambassador. I was 5 years old at the time. I remember the head deacon at my church buying a brand-new 1969 Javelin (brown with black vinyl top) back then also. And if you lived in Alabama during the early 1970's, state trooper-issued Javelins were a common sight on the roadways.
        justgoawaymad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jz78817
        I do, I had a 68 rebel convertible 343 auto and two 69 scrambers 390 4speeds. Plus a 71 cj5. So yea I know what AMC is.
        Red-eye
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jz78817
        1969-70 AMX
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      A $55k restoration of a $100 car? BD
        Red-eye
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        I never thought of that. I would have scraped the Pacer and bought a mustang and did a $30K restoration job. Or a 2007 Hertz Shelby for under $30K and spent another $5K on upgrades.
      Red-eye
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would not drive that car if I got it for free. If I did get it for free I would sell it and take the $7,300 offer and be happy.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      It can't be 'original' if it's restored. I was a little kid when these were out and it was like a really practical car, but had no sex appeal. A friend had a hand me down used AMC Matador coupe (now THAT was UGLY!) & swore he couldn't get a date because of the Matador! :)
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