I continue to bare my soul and share with you overlooked and,
uncharitably, terrible cars that I love dearly anyway, I would be
remiss if I didn't mention the AMC Matador X. Though it wasn't really a
great car, there's just something about the AMC Matador X that makes me
want to buy one and drive around with the windows down, listening to
Some would say the Matador X looks
ridiculous today, with its overdone details and quasi-muscle car look,
but by the standards of the era, it was swoopy, low, and beautiful. Car & Driver
dubbed it the best-looking car of 1974, and I couldn't agree more.
the top-line 360-cubic-inch V-8, the Matador wasn't necessarily fast,
but it wasn't slow, either. And in red with white pinstripes ... ooh,
a pretty face, the Matador was also quite an athlete (albeit after it
was gutted and replaced with racing mechanicals) on the race track--it
was fielded as a NASCAR stocker by legendary team owner Roger Penske
and driven by Bobby Allison.
Strange as it may seem, I'm not the only poor soul besotted with this disease--The Coupe Coop
is an excellent resource for photos and other information and was the source of the photo of the lovely brown coupe. Hubcap Cafe
supplied the first photo and, as always, is a great source for vintage car photos.