1972 AMC GREMLIN X 304 Muscle Car Of The Week Episode #285
If a Muscle Car is a lightweight ride equipped with a big engine, then an AMC Gremlin stuffed with a V8 could be considered a prime example.   This Wild Plum 1972 AMC Gremlin X is a freshly restored addition to The Brothers Collection and was shared with us by restorer Gary Riley at the 2018 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.
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AMC made a hard run at Trans Am racing in the late 1960s by enlisting such racing superstars as Ronnie Kaplan,  Mark Donahue, Peter Revson, Roger Penske, and others to help them turn the Javelin into a competitive race car.  For 1970, the Javelin SST Trans Am production car car wore the colors of the AMC racing team on the outside, and performance upgrades like the 325 HP 390 V8, 4-speed manual transmission, upgraded suspension, a 3.90:1 rear gear, disc brakes, and other goodies underneath the skin.   AMC took 2nd in points in Trans Am in 1970, and 100 street versions were made to make the race car legal for SCCA racing.   Today, we share fantastic example from the Brothers Collection in this episode.  


The American Motors Corporation was known for building reliable, lower-priced cars targeted towards families and those seeking basic transportation.     But when you combine a lightweight economy car with a potent V8, you have the recipe for an outstanding performer.    This was the case with the 1969 Hurst SC/Rambler, a car built in conjunction with Hurst Performance to be a drag strip terror and look cool doing it!   The SC/Rambler boasted a 315 HP 390 cube V8, a T10 4-speed, 3.54:1 gears, and other performance tricks like a complete lack of options, subframe connectors, rolled fender lips, staggered shocks, and Thrush mufflers.   This little Super Car rocked and advertised 14.2 in the quarter @ 100+ mph, all for less than $3000.00.     Quite a package.