This 1973 AMC Gremlin is finished in black with multi-color painted graphics, and power is supplied by a rebuilt Chevrolet 350ci V8 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. The black interior has been fitted with a fuel cell, and additional features include aftermarket wheels, front disc brakes, a Edelbrock carburetor, an Edelbrock intake manifold, and Hedman headers. The car was acquired by the seller as a non-driving project out of Florida in a December 2018 BaT Auction, and work performed since that time has included rebuilding the engine, carburetor, transmission, and differential as well as fabricating an exhaust system and replacing the brake lines, leaf springs, shocks, water pump, and distributor. This custom Gremlin is now offered at no reserve with approximately $6,500 in recent receipts and a clean California title in the seller's name.
The car is believed to have been refinished at some point in the 1980s. The black exterior features painted multi-color striping in addition to a purple grille and hood accents. Equipment includes dual-exit exhaust as well as a chrome-finished spoiler and bumpers. Areas with rust noted in the previous BaT listing have not been repaired, including holes in the rear wheel arches, driver-side door, and floor. The headlights, taillights, and blinkers have been repaired by the seller.
Five-spoke 14″ wheels show imperfections and are mounted with Hankook Kinergy ST tires, which were installed in October 2019. The rear leaf springs have been replaced along with the suspension bushings, and Monroe shocks were installed at all four corners by the seller. Additional work performed during current ownership included refinishing the front brake calipers in purple, rebuilding the rear drums, and replacing the brake lines.
The black interior features high-back front bucket seats, a rear bench, and black door panels, carpeting, and trim. The seller updated the custom dash-mounted electrical control panel and also replaced the three-point front seatbelts, which are purple. The seats show cracks, tears, and other imperfections, including areas that have been cut out of the backrests. A 15-gallon ATL Racing fuel cell is mounted in the cargo area.
A three-spoke steering wheel sits ahead of instrumentation that includes a 120-mph speedometer and auxiliary gauges. A 10k-rpm tachometer with a manually set 5,500-rpm redline has been mounted to the steering column. The five-digit odometer shows 32k miles and is inoperable; the seller estimates that approximately 2k miles had been added over the past two years.
The engine was rebuilt in 2019 by Phoenix Engine in Phoenix, Arizona and now makes use of aftermarket camshafts, with a build sheet shown below. The four-barrel Edelbrock carburetor was also rebuilt, and additional features include an Edelbrock Performer EPS intake manifold, Hedman exhaust headers, and a Holley Blue electric fuel pump. The distributor, water pump, and mini-starter have been replaced.
Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a three-speed TH350 automatic transmission, and the seller notes that the transmission as well as the manual valve body were rebuilt. The limited-slip rear axle was rebuilt and refinished by Hooper's Rear Ends in Los Angeles, California and has been fitted with 3.31:1 gears. Additional photos of the underside are presented in the gallery below.
An invoice for the 2019 engine work is shown above, and other receipts from current ownership are viewable in the photo gallery.
A drive-off video is above, which also shows the car in the desert. In-car driving footage can be seen below, and a start-up video is linked here.