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Rare Rides: The 1978 AMC Matador – Baroque and Barcelona

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The Rare Rides collection has beforehand featured a few AMC merchandise. First up was the distinctive and trendy Eagle Sundancer, adopted up by the Van idea that by no means fairly made it to manufacturing. As we speak, we head again to the late Seventies and check out the significantly brougham Matador coupe. And it’s not simply any previous Matador — it’s the particular Barcelona model.

I hear polyester rustling.

The Matador began out in life because the midsize sedan providing from American Motors in 1971. Ever the penny pincher, AMC created the “model new” Matador off the bones of its predecessor, the Insurgent. Initially, the Matador was out there in two-door hardtop, 4-door sedan, and wagon configurations. Small trim modifications and enhancements occurred yearly, and by 1973 proprietor satisfaction had improved over the prior Insurgent mannequin.

A second-era Matador assortment debuted in 1974, bringing some substantial modifications to the lineup. Whereas the 4-door sedan and wagon bodystyles retained the identical basic form, the plain-wanting two-door hardtop reworked into a trendy coupe with sweeping strains. Just like the Van idea up above, the Matador coupe was penned by AMC’s favourite (and lead) designer, Richard Teague. Together with his design, the Matador coupe separated from the brass band and went its personal path, as prime execs at AMC meant to inject some distinctive pleasure into the burgeoning mid-market coupe phase. For ’seventy four, Matador was the one new coupe available on the market, and went toe to toe with the established coupe variants of the Ford Torino, Plymouth Satellite tv for pc, and Chevrolet Chevelle.

The lengthy, flowing hood matched to a brief rear deck made for traditional coupe proportions, if a bit distended by US bumper laws. Not glad with the mushy center, AMC aimed greater with two luxurious variations of the Matador coupe — the Oleg Cassini designer version, and as we speak’s Barcelona.

First up was the Cassini, obtainable in 1974 and 1975. It mimicked the Lincoln custom of using a designer to outfit each the interior and exterior of a standard car, and placing his identify on it in a number of locations. The Barcelona trim adopted up for 1977 and 1978, rounding out the rest of the Matador’s lifespan. Each of those trim ranges pushed the Matador coupe to new heights (and into the Private Luxurious Coupe phase).

All Barcelona coupes had a padded vinyl roof and opera home windows within the best brougham custom. Although initially solely obtainable in a two-tone gold colour combo, a second colour mixture on this twin-purple was out there just for ’seventy eight. Different particular gadgets included crushed velvet seating, particular door trim, headliner, painted headlamp bezels, shade-key wheels (gone), and some Barcelona medallions in choose places.

At present’s instance has been meticulously maintained. The entrance bumper has been eliminated, and it’s been lowered a bit and placed on some new wheels. All of the standard and further luxurious features of the Barcelona are powered alongside by the AMC 360 V8, which is 5.9 liters in overseas metric models. The solely transmission obtainable is the three-velocity Torque Command automated, as a result of this Matador is for relaxed, luxurious motoring solely. The vendor expects greater than $thirteen,000 for it, because the final couple of listings have reached that determine and not met the reserve.

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