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In the mid 1960s, which of the Detroit companies introduced a concept car that featured interchangeable body panels, i.e. left-front fender/right-rear quarter panel (and vise versa), hood and deck lids, bumpers and (I think) doors.

What was the name of the car?

What company used the name in the 1970s?

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Good Answer...you win a kewpie doll!

I went to high school in Kenosha from '71-'75, and it was a great time to live in "K-town."

Everyone in school had a brother, father, uncle, cousin...somebody working at the plant.

They'd slash your tires if you parked anything other than an AMC at the Kenosha Main Plant.

As the oldest plant in operation (Jeffery, Nash, AMC, later Renault & some Mopar products),

maybe that, and not the unions, was why Iaoccoca had it bull-dozed! This image comes from

the wonderful "American Motors Family Album," published by AMC in 1969. Now that Daimler-

Chrysler "owns" all things AMC (and it's forebears, the above + Hudson, Terraplane, LaFayette,

Kelvinator, and so forth), I hope the Highland Park Storm Troopers won't come Goose-Stepping

to my home to drag me off in chains for showing you the Cavalier.

<span style="font-style: italic">Sieg</span> <span style="font-weight: bold">Heil!</span>

TG

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(My 1st "Car Show" was the first Nash-LaFayette

Car Club Meet held in Kenosha in summer, 1971.)

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Hey, I lived in Kenosha around that time. I suppose you remember "Jumper's Hangout" or "Emil and Chicks". My 1st. Wife's 3 brothers all worked at the Rambler Plant. That's where I discovered that driving a Rambler was the way to go. (I sold my 65 Catalina in order to buy a Rambler American when I was there) If you parked a non-AMC vehicle at a couple of the watering holes I frequented, key damage, broken windows or flat tires were common.

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Can't say I remember those places; our big night out was Friday.

A few games at the bowling alley, followed by burgers at the A&W.

We were all heavily influenced by "American Graffiti."

Lynn & I placed second at Lake Forest College's sock hop;

"Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids" was the band.

We drove my '65 Impala, loaded with A/C, PS, PB, PW, P-seat,

spinner hubcaps...Big time for small-town high school kids!

TG

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Jumpers was a biker bar on 41, you could usually smell burnt leaves in the parking lot. Emil's was an old timer's "workingman's pub" I think the name was changed to Paul and Mike's Copper Top for a while, I can't remember the street it was on, I think something like 54th, near the railroad tracks. I was trying to get a job at the engine plant, but they were having layoffs around 75-76. I tried OMC in Waukegan, and was out of luck there too. It was a far simpler time in the industrial cities back then. I assume everything is different now. The last time I even went back there was for a friend's funeral in 78.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">American Motors had a concept car in the mid 60's with interchangeable body panels, fenders, hood & trunk lid, and also the doors could be interchanged.

The name I think was Cavalier. Of course Chevrolet used Cavalier in later years. </div></div>

Okay, smart guy, what other concepts were introduced at the same time?

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Yes. You've identified 3 of the 4 concepts introduced in 1966. Teague was the Chief Designer.

Yes. This is a test. What was the unique feature of the first AMX. Who tried to put the feature into limited production for the 1968 models? (Clue: look outside of the company, but heavily involved with AMC's public image at the time).

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Tom

I guessed we missed each other at the show, and what a wonderful show it was. The car that TG posted is the 1966 concept vehicle built by Vignale in Italy. Attached here is the car you saw in Rockford, built up from a production 1968 AMX by Jeffords, and recently restored for AACA member and owner Darryl Salisbury of Michigan.

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Tom

I have never seen it rain so hard for so long as it did 12 hours before the show went on. It's absolutely amazing the grass was okay to drive on, although I guess golf courses are specially designed for quick run-off (what do I know, I don't commit golf!). It rained hard again that evening. What a window of blessing for the show organizers. In fact, it rained so hard on my way home that I nearly filled in the date for my death certificate. The only way I knew I was running off the freeway was because of those rumble strips. I was scared to keep driving, but deathly scared to stop for fear of being slammed into by someone else who couldn't see.

Did you show your car that day?

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West,

I am not a AACA member so I don't think they allow non members to show their cars. Plus my car is down and out right now. You probably have seen my post on the Packard Forum. I have a long way to go to get her back in shape.

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Packing31....

For a guy with as many posts here as you, I can't believe you are not a member. The monthly magazine (which West Peterson can tell you more about) is worth the cost of the annual dues. Let me invite you to join. It is a great organization to belong to. You would be a welome addition to the group's membership.

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MCHinson,

West is kind to be sending me a copy of the magazine and a membership form.

Yes I do have a lot of posts and I am considering joining because of this wonderful forum. If it weren?t for it I am not sure where I would be on my restoration and the selling of extra parts which probably would be still sitting on the shelf in the garage. Some parts which I have already for my car I could have horded them but since others were in need I sold it to them and it sure felt great to help them. That is the type of guy I am. I sure hope I have helped others here as much as they have helped me.

Thanks for the invite into the club. Like I told West hopefully someday soon (in this life time of mine) I will get out to Hershey.

<img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <span style="font-weight: bold">GO BEARS</span> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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I have been a member of the club for ten years and last year was my first year to make it to Hershey. It was great, but I have enjoyed my local chapter and region events from the first year. The knowledge that I have gained from my local fellow members has been a great help to me in the past 10 years. I have met a lot of great people through the club. You should send in that membership form!

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I want to thank West for sending me a copy of the AACA Magazine. It sure is a nice looking magazine and for only $30 a year for dues I am in. My check will be in the mail tomorrow. But first I need to know who I need to put in on the sponsors line? West will you sponsor me PLEASE <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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