Party On, Wayne

Party on, Garth.

This is the 1978-80 Pacer.  I do have a sick attraction to them.  The proportions just seem spacy and right.  It doesn’t hurt that it looks like a grown up Porsche 928, especially the ’75-77 Pacers with the thin horizontal grille that could be just bumper gap.  I do like the later, stupid and out-of-place grill – for some reason, that colossally bad idea on paper actually worked.  For me.  It defies any explanation.  It didn’t work for anyone else – sales of the entire three years with the extra nose were less than any one year of the original front end.
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Another theory is that the reputation of the mechanicals (basically a bloated version of the Hornet/Gremlin/Concord) sucked ass. The engines were crap. The build quality was crap. The performance was crap.
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