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1978 AMC

Pacer DL Wagon


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Body Color
Engine Size
258ci I6
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic

1978 AMC Pacer DL Wagon

1978 AMC Pacer DL Wagon

Every local fair midway has a booth where you plunk down a dollar and in return get 5 or so ping pong balls that you throw into the middle where a pyramid of fishbowls containing colored water is stacked which contain a goldfish. Odds are good you will win as it's meant for the younger crowd. Your prize for you to take home is a live goldfish which may live a week, a year or even 5-10 years! No one really knows.

For consignment, as per the intro a 1978 AMC Pacer DL Wagon whose license plate reads FSH-BWL. Pretty apropos as this car is a Gremlin on steroids with much more interior room, but utilizing greenhouse windows a more post mid 70's rounded design, and sports wood panels embellishing the exterior. An all original example ripe for the ping pong ball to land on its roof and into your driveway!

Believed to be original paint, this Khaki painted steel example is also embellished with faux wood grain panels on its lowers. All chrome is in very nice condition from the wrap- around bumpers, to the grille and window surrounds which are extensive bordering that greenhouse glass on all surfaces. A nice roof rack can house all the passenger belongings, as well as a rear hatchback stowage area for some extras you'll want to keep out of the weather. Plenty of room for 5 inside, and a wonderfully rounded expanded bubble design gives this car a unique look which had its fans as well as detractors in its day. A mere 34,956 miles on this baby and it is in overall excellent condition. Obviously garaged and well taken care of since its purchase. 14-inch Magnum 500 wheels are on all 4 corners.

Still clinging on to the square and rectangle design the dash is clean and simple as to its layout. It has been equipped with an AM/FM Bluetooth radio and has beautifully wide beige broadcloth seats that have smooth bolsters surrounding the cloth. The buckets take on an almost clamshell design on their backs. Front buckets and a rear bench accessible through the wide doors up front. Door panels are clean and use vinyl frames around some insert broadcloth for the pulls and armrests. A side view mirror toggles is seen, and the windows are crank operated. A wide center console with dual drink holders and a storage bin is between the wide buckets, residing on a beige carpeted hump. Some tasteful burl grain appliqué covers the dash front and compliments the beige interior. A rear broadcloth bench stretches across the roomy back of the car and a large storage area with a rubber liner is installed in the back. This car has A/C, power steering and an automatic transmission.

This FSH-BWL is powered by a 258ci inline 6 cylinder which is within a very clean and original engine bay. It has a single 2-barrel carburetor and a A904 3-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission. The rear axle weighs in at a 2.53 ratio. All this under a front hinged hood for easy access.

Underneath reveals a factory rustproofing job for the floor pans and rockers, and a newly resprayed fuel tank in back. A like new exhaust system enables its way rearward, and the car uses independent coil springs for the front, and leaf springs for the rear. Power disc braking is upfront, and power drums for the back. All good underneath!

She fires right up and off to the test track we went for an overall good experience. The A/C blows cold, it handles nicely and has a surprising amount of power given the burdens of the emission controls that were over legislated during this period of time in automotive history. The only thing not working was the clock. Overall, a comfy ride with plenty of interior room and panoramic view wherever you sit.

You'll either love it or hate it, but it's here in our Hallowed Halls in its round mound of rebound form, greenhouse glass, and sloped rear gate. Low miles, original paint and faux wood panels, nice chrome and working like a charm. Have a test drive and you may be “hooked”. And bring a ping pong ball.

A-3 Speed Automatic, Column Shifted
8-2 Door Wagon
C-258ci Inline 6 Cylinder 2bbl
347844-Sequential Unit Number

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.