This AMC Pacer X actually looks badass, and it's up for auction

Joe Lorio

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The AMC Pacer is a legendary nerd-mobile — most famously as Wayne and Garth's ride in "Wayne's World." But while those two fictional metal-heads had a powder-blue Pacer with dorky flames on the side, whoever ticked the boxes on this example created something that's actually kinda cool. And not even in an ironic way.

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This 1976 Pacer has the X package, which in addition to the expected graphics brings slotted mag wheels as well as a heavy-duty suspension. But what really sets off this example is the black-on-black color scheme. With dark-tinted windows outlined in chrome and body-side molding removed, the net effect really just shows off the purity of the shape. It's a weird shape, granted, but it's also kind of striking.

If this Pacer gives you the same warm feeling it gives us, you can check it out further on Bring a Trailer, where it's currently up for auction. The car powered by AMC 258-cubic-inch six and a three-speed automatic with a floor shift. Critically for a Pacer, air-conditioning is present and is said to blow cold. The car supposedly has a California history and has been repainted once in the original color.

At this writing, the bidding stands at $4,000, but there are still a few days left in the auction. It appears the selling dealer picked this car up at Barrett-Jackson in January, paying $12,100. The Pacer may have gone under the radar at Barrett-Jackson, where muscle cars and resto-mods reign supreme. How far under the radar, we'll soon find out.

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