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  1. Thanks John. Re: A-bodies, we are thinking along same lines. About five years ago I did a very rough mod on 49 Chevy fastback sedan to see what a late 30's Sixteen grill might look like. Concluded that the headlights looked best inset. There's an idea for the white car.
  2. Glad you liked them! OK, here's what the Design Center came back with, benefiting from a little help from Accounting. (disclosure: I was the Studio cost lead for latest Blazer and mid-engine Vette so am sympathetic to appearance, packaging and affordability). Here's a progression, first image being the production fastback roof on 62's 126 wb, with no axle-to-dash extension. This would be an easy car to build today if all the parts where there. Second image lengthens the chassis 7 inches per 60 Special. In other words, it is the 60 Special with a fastback roof, minus the 60S's 4 inc
  3. Struggling with the front. First doubles the number of vertical bars, second borrows overall shape from other GM cars, particularly '40 Buick. Neither have the presence of my favorite, the '37.
  4. Re: long hood... absolutely. Several years ago I used it to balance out the raised rear of a '69 Olds. Streamliners are helped by a long hood.
  5. Glad you like it. The car would need three donors: '48 Sedanette, '39-40 Sixteen and '50 Buick or Olds 98 Town Sedan, all in fair shape at best so as not to destroy history. The Town Sedan is very rare but its side window frames would fit nicely, see update. The previous image had longer front doors (from 60 Special?) and shorter rear doors than the 62 sedan. This version has 62's entire front door and rear door lower. I think the long hood makes the car but the stock hood would have to be reshaped to smoothly meld in the extension. Would the '38-40 grill look good grafted in? Pro
  6. Daydreaming of the '38-40 engine in a '48 streamlined sedan on 133 wb, the 7 extra inches added forward of firewall. Not sure how the front should look but it would need to be very classy.
  7. Came across a clean period ad of a '75 Coronet and just had try on an Imperial suit for size. That workaday sedan cleans up nicely.
  8. Excellent choices!!! All I could afford was the book by Simon Moore. 30 years ago it was very hard to find.
  9. Here's a try at 3-door derivatives of the 5-door cars that might have had broader appeal than AMX and Gremlin because the 108/109 wheelbase would be shortened by 6 instead of 12 inches. A 102 wb Gremlin would still be compact but rear legroom would be greatly improved and no 2 seater option would be offered. It would be offered on the 103 wb Javelin coupe to give racers the opportunity to remove weight, while a 4 seater with the familiar pathetic Gremlin rear seat would be standard. AMX name would be used for the mid-engined car, Javelin for the RWD series and Gremlin for the FWD series. Five
  10. Looking at the broad sweep of AMC's activities in the 10 year period beginning with 1968, the theme seems to be that the traditional small cars weren't selling anywhere near what they had been in the early Sixties. Nothing was hitting the mark, not even Javelin and Hornet, though noteworthy on the latter the 2 door hatchback and 4 door wagon were the most popular body styles, which suggests that buyers wanted utility. Speaking of which, Gremlin had a few good years but with its compromised package not the kind of volume that was going to sustain the company. My conclusion is that
  11. AMC's wagon concept (first image) points to a very interesting opportunity... a sporty 4-door hatchback/wagon. Because the wagon concept looks a bit utilitarian I can't help but come back to the 109 wb AMX 4-door except now ditching Javelin's notched backlight/decklid for a hatchback that fills in the notch, following the roofline to the back. Inside AMC's wagon concept notice a predictive feature: rear head restraints. These could have been included in the green AMX 5-door. To visually lower the front have removed the power bulge and added a spoiler. Even w
  12. Most affordable would be '74 Lux LeMans. Stepping up a bit, red '70 Toro that I would customize by hiding the headlights the way GM Design probably had intended.
  13. 2-door moves closer to Fred Hudson's original idea. The Shooting Brake style is my favorite but unfortunately much less usable than 4-door version.
  14. That's great info, thanks. Seems Gremlin's poor visibility is now accepted for many crossovers. And my wife's Vibe. With its 6 inch shorter rear overhang AMC never found a good home for Gremlin's spare. My wife drove her parents late 70's Subaru sedan for a while, was the car I learned to drive stick on. It had a flat 4 and FWD and the spare was mounted on top of the engine. So how about a Gremlin flat 6 with spare on top? Could have still been RWD. Another solution would have been Toronado's FWD layout, which would have allowed a flat floor front and rear and the spare packaged u
  15. A more vertical rear door window frame might look better. Needs Javelin front.
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