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Moonbuggy Survivor: 1977 AMC Pacer

Clean, original, and potentially low mileage, this 1970’s Moonbuggy on wheels is a clean survivor that is ready to take to strange faraway lands. The Pacer was given many nicknames, but Moonbuggy seems the most fitting to me for the first generation cars. With a fair amount of recent maintenance, this Pacer is offered for a classic car bargain price of $4,500. Check it out here on eBay out of Charlotte, Tennessee.

With a recent tune up, the 258 6 cylinder is a smooth runner. While some details are given on this Pacer the mileage is not quite clear. The listing states 55,400 miles, but I am wondering if that holds true, or if the odometer has turned over before? While the car is a solid runner, everything is claimed to be functional minus the gas gauge, and the air conditioning system. With some patience and a little elbow grease I bet that both could be worked out.

Very red and 70’s the interior of this Pacer shows rather nicely, with some varying fade throughout. The front bench has been recovered with a slip cover. The dash and door panels show the mild fade, but for the age of the car, I think it has aged nicely. A bit rough looking, the driver floor mat looks to have seen better days, and I am uncertain if it is a factory piece. Install a nice set of mats, and enjoy this interior as is.

The exterior appears to wear shiny original paint with only a few blemishes to make note of. There is a dent in the driver front fender where some paint has chipped along the fender lips edge. A paint-less dent wizard might be able to make this a better situation, and the addition of some paint matched touch up paint would cure the chipped area. The glass and bright work are brilliant and nice, and overall this is a very nice surviving example of a Pacer. Although it may not be the most enticing vehicle out there, it surely holds a special place in history. Would you take home this Pacer survivor?


  1. Howard A Member

    What’s with all the Pacers lately? I’d love to have a wagon. They were great cars.I knew several people that had Pacers, and by the time theirs was wasted from the salt, they would have bought another, but couldn’t find one up north.

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    • Miguel

      I don’t mind the few Pacers that show up here, but does every Yugo for sale in the country have to be featured?

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  2. Joe

    Front seat not original upholstery. Doesn’t match the back seat which is original. My guess is it’s turned over judging by the sag in the front seat.

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  3. JoeNYWF64

    I like the front end & bumper & hidden wipers on this car.
    I bet they would have sold a lot more of these if the roof was lower …
    like this! —>

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  4. chrlsful

    2nd view of spikedpunk ownership of the chop-top Pacer. Learned a lill more, they call it
    Scorpion Pacer
    it was done soon after orig purchase
    hasa 302/5.0…
    Not sure where it is who hasit now.

    Gimmie the waggy for DD & this Scorpion for a ‘racer’

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