Design Notes: 1975 AMC Pacer
I’m not absolutely sure of the date these next five pictures were taken. This first one appears to be a whole model, meaning it was dedicated to a single design proposal (I’m not seeing any signs of a mirror).
The next two rows are two shots each of two models (left and right pictures go together).
The driver’s side of this first set looks like the front of a Camaro that was still a couple years away. The passenger’s side of the same model sports hide-away headlights. Notice the different sides have quite different character lines on the fenders.
As with the set above, this following set has different character lines moving down the side; all four are unique from each other.
This next proposal, dated April 24, 1972, revisits the pop-up headlight approach. Either side of this model very well may be my favorite front end for the car and darn near makes it look sporty. (I may be seeing things after looking at these images for so long but I’d swear I’m detecting a little ’82 through ’86 Toyota Supra being foreshadowed on the passenger side front.)
This following set of three pictures are of the fiberglass Atlanta clinic concept again but this time in May of 1972 and it was fitted with a couple of different front ends.
Below in the picture on the left the model had a front end with pop-up headlights attached; on the right with exposed headlights.
By May 22, 1972, there were three competing designs: Type A, Type B and Type C. Each were finished with a higher degree of detail, including paint.
Type A is shown below and was reportedly the model that was used when moving forward with the design.
Types B and C are shown on the following page.
Continue to page 6, below.