Sick of Matadors, you say? Too bad, because it’s AMC Week and I am going to milk my appreciation of Matadors as much as I can! I saw this one online a few months ago and really liked it. Earlier this morning we took a look at the 1963 Classic 770 Cross Country. Well, believe it or not, this Matador is the 1977 version of that Classic.
I have always had a thing for the 1974-78 Matador wagon. Indeed, it is my favorite version, as it didn’t have the Suddenly It’s 1967 styling of the 1974-78 coupe and avoided the “butt-lift” of the 1970-78 Rebel/Matador sedan, which I really didn’t care for. And how can you not love the woodgrained gauges? Carmine would approve, I think.
And how about those seats? Could they have come from anything other than a 1975-79 U.S. automobile? I think not.
The back seat matches. I think this wagon was probably not ordered by a young couple with kids, as that cloth would not be so pristine thirty-seven years after manufacture. Maybe an older couple, who had lots of hobbies–gardening, boating and such? I also have to mention that if Herb Tarlek were to sit in this car, he’d disappear.
The cargo area is very well finished too, with plush carpet and chrome strips to ease loading items in the back.
This Matador is quite well equipped, with the plush seating, sport steering wheel, Magnum 500s and whitewalls. The metallic copper paint is quite nice too, and I like the fact that it doesn’t have the woodgrain siding, even though I am a fan of Di-Noc.
This one has a V8 too, though you could still get the 258 six-cylinder in the Matador. Both the 304 or 360 were available in Matadors; perhaps some AMC fan can pin this car’s mill down?
All in all, quite the time capsule. Wouldn’t you really rather have a Matador?
The auction for this car and its pictures are long gone, but more AMC auctions can be found here on eBay.