Desert Classic: 1971 AMC Gremlin

I can’t see this one lasting too long, as in being for sale too long. It’s certainly lasted a long time, 49 years so far with no end in sight. This 1971 AMC Gremlin can be found here on craigslist in Henderson, Nevada. The seller is asking $8,800 so it’s not cheap by any means, but it’s one of the nicest Gremlins that I’ve seen in a while. Thanks to Rocco B. for sending in this tip!

Certainly the shiniest AMC Gremlin that I’ve seen in a long time, this one is reported to be mostly original, but I’m not sure if that includes wearing factory paint from almost 50 years ago? It looks too good to be factory Electric Blue from Kenosha, doesn’t it? Maybe it is, nobody knows. It sure looks great, maybe too great for someone to resist, and if that’s the case, here’s the craigslist ad so you can see it if the original listing goes away.

The Gremlin was made from 1970 to 1978 and there wasn’t a second-generation or a redesign, just minor tweaks here and there. It would live on as the AMC Spirit and the body could be seen as an Eagle Kammback, too, my personal favorite use of this design. The seller bought this Gremlin from the original owner’s son but they don’t say when that was, I’m assuming recently but we don’t know for sure.

The interior appears to have been redone, or at least the seats appear to have been, but the seller says that this car is mostly original so I’m not positive. That doesn’t look like 1971 AMC seating material to me, but I could be wrong. The back seat looks similarily nice. I’m sure that velour material is much nicer to sit on than vinyl would be in the middle of the summer in Nevada. This isn’t a fancy X model with bucket seats or manual transmission, you can see the automatic transmission column shifter and things look great inside, too.

It has the smallest engine, AMC’s 232 cubic-inch inline-six which would have had 135 hp, and this one also has AC. They say that it runs and drives but that’s all the info we have on the operating condition. This looks like a great example, would any of you pay $8,800 for a Gremlin?

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  1. unclemymy Member

    Looking at the engine compartment, my money says repaint. Hard to imagine they could keep 50-year-old paint up that well, and let the interior and engine compartment attain that level of “patina”.

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    • nlpnt

      It’s definitely been reupholstered too, at least in front. This is one-of-the-best money for a solid but not spectacular example.

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  2. Red Riley

    At least it’s a pre-74 model with the nicer looking skinny bumpers. But that’s a lot of money, and it’s not the Gremlin-X.

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    • jerry z

      I guess it wasn’t that high of a price since the post has been deleted. Sold?

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  3. T

    I knew a guy who had one. He shattered his back window and could not afford to replace it. Guaranteed to pass out from asphyxiation within minutes.

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    • Ted Mathis

      I’m not sure if the back window shattered. But I know from personal experience the two little thin aluminum clamps holding the back window in place would wear out over time. And then suddenly giveaway dropping the entire back window on the road.

  4. Weasel


    This listing seemed to take quite awhile to get posted here on BF and then, boom, it’s deleted from CL. It almost seems like someone bought it before listing it here. Are you taking a trip to Nevada?

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    • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      HA, as if I’d ever do that… (several times but, unfortunately, not in this case)

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      If you are a member you have “Early Access” to the listings here at Barn Finds.
      I’m not sure how many days in advance that you get to see the listings.
      I’m always a day or so behind, so don’t use this feature very much.

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  5. James Schwartz

    Minor correction, Scotty,
    In 1971 the smallest engine was still the 199 cid. The final year the 199 was available.

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  6. Stevieg

    I really like this little car! I don’t believe it was original, nor do I feel it was worth the asking price (what do I know, it sold to someone), but it is still a cool little car that you just don’t see every day. Nice find Scotty!

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  7. Johnny

    If its in really solid condition. You,d be getting alot more car for your money.Then any new car today. I like it. Especially the column shift and bench seat,

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