and in Australia with right-hand-drive by Australian Motor Industries (AMI). The 1972 model was given a new tail light lens assembly with each assembly divided into nine recessed vertically rectangular lenses. Things improved again for the final year in 1978, with extra standard features like automatic transmission and a more luxurious interior. The five wins for the AMC Matador are: Bobby Allison also won the non-points Daytona 125 qualifying race on 13 February 1975 and finished second in the Daytona 500 three days later. This cool and unusual car has a couple of my absolute favorite features and one of my absolute least favorite. The bad news was that the 401 and high performance 360 were gone entirely, and the two-barrel 360 option made just 129 hp. , Standard equipment included automatic transmission, power steering, power windows, locally fitted under dash air conditioning, and an AM radio, for both sedan and wagon models.  It also featured a design that was praised by owners along with complains about its low roofline. The all-new 1967 Rebel was assembled to production end, followed by the Matador from 1971. The four-door sedans and wagons had increased overall vehicle length, as well as new front and rear styling. I’d lose the tint on the windows as the miles of glass is one of the best features of any vintage American wagon. After it outsold the four-door Matadors by nearly 25,000 units in 1974, sales dropped to less than 10,000 in 1977, and then down to just 2,006 in the coupe's final year. Tests of the 1972 AMC Javelin pony car and Matador sedan equipped with the 401 V8s resulted both running the quarter-mile dragstrip in the 14.7-second range. Oh, the looks we got! A four-barrel carburetor replaced the two-barrel carburetor used up until this time. For sound, speakers were instead fitted into both front door cards. Don't post your car for sale in the comments. The Matador shared a modified platform with the full-size Ambassador line. The station wagon had redesigned taillamps and a stronger bumper with a central rubber facing. In 1977, the horsepower rating on the base six-cylinder actually rose slightly to 98, and the 304 V-8 got one additional pony for 121. James Bond jumped a Hornet and the police drove Matadors and Ambassdors. The second-generation longer-nosed restyle and the 5-mile-per-hour (8 km/h)-mile bumpers added weight that affected handling and performance. As it was AMC's first entry into NASCAR since the Hudson Hornet of predecessor company Hudson, the company's effort "raised eyebrows" for many NASCAR veterans because AMC was not known for cultivating a racing image. All three versions shared the upgrades of electronic ignition, a vacuum gauge in place of the electric clock, a 282 cu in (4.6 L) I6 with a lower 7.7:1 compression ratio, and Holley 2300 two-barrel carburetor. There was also a pseudo-luxury Brougham Coupe trim, which was simply an appearance package, and a Cassini luxury package that included copper-toned exterior and interior appointments including a vinyl landau roof covering. ", American Motors was facing many challenges in a dynamic marketplace. 3) Standard and Alternative Wheel and Tire Sizes, 1976 AMC Matador Coupe 258 automatic (aut. 0-1/4 mile 18.6 sest.  With the exception of the Javelin, Matadors, and Ambassadors were exported from Kenosha with factory right-hand drive, as had been with the prior Rebel and Ambassador models brought into the U.K. Power brakes with front disks became standard equipment regardless of transmission, a Chrysler A998 three-speed automatic transmission in place of the older Borg-Warner automatics, heavy-duty suspension with front sway bar, improved heater with revised controls placed to the right of the steering column, and new two-round-pod instrument cluster. The B-pillar was also distinctive and the quarter side windows sloped with the roofline.  The standard V8 was 304 cu in (5.0 L) and optional was the 360 cu in (5.9 L) as the 401 cu in (6.6 L) was available only for police and fleet orders. Our spoon was pewter, but I substituted bamboo and painted it gray..worked for a while. Matadors with this front end are sometimes nicknamed "coffin noses". It’s listed on eBay with only a day left and the current bid price is at $6,000! Matadors for 1971 received a revised front styling for all body styles, sharing its body design from the firewall rearward with the Ambassador and the same platform. How much fuel ? 3) Detailed Performance Review, 1976 AMC Matador Coupe V-8 360-4 automatic (aut.
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