There are few 1970’s automotive shapes more distinctive than the AMC Matador fastback. Thanks to reader Rocco B., we have this great find to show you from Evansville, Indiana. It may not be quite stock, but as the seller says, “…this thing has a wood-grained dash and a fabulous blue pleated-vinyl sofa interior to disco or die for…” It’s listed for sale here on craigslist for $3,200–how can you top that for the price?
I’ve seen several of these with the bumpers removed like this one, and it certainly changes the looks of the car, especially with what I think are reflectors filling the holes in the rear. I don’t think I realized until looking at this particular car that the rear windows went down! There’s some rust around the fender lips and in the bottom of the trunk, though.
The front looks especially clean, and I really like the way the holes were filled with driving or fog lights; it almost looks factory. With what look like two distinctly different shades of blue on the hood and fenders, I’m thinking a bit of bodywork and paint may be in order at some point.
Here’s that disco interior, with (as was typical for AMC) what looks like 12 different shades of blue on the inside. It’s a little scruffy in spots as well, but remember the asking price. Not only that, but believe it or not, the air conditioning works! As does everything else except the radio.
This is an AMC 304 V8 under the hood. It now sports a new intake and carburetor, but the originals are included with the sale if you are an originality fanatic (I’m not in a case like this). The seller has also just had the transmission re-sealed and a new harmonic balancer installed to try to combat an engine vibration. The seller tells us the vibration is still there, unfortunately, so you’ll have some diagnosis in front of you if you bring this one home. Are you ready for some disco?