Often ridiculed following its debut in the turbulent 1970s, the AMC Pacer’s radical interpretation of a compact car has since accomplished an impressive feat—it’s become a legitimate cult classic. One part of its shocking design included a large amount of glass to make the car both look and feel bigger, which is something Chip Foose reimagines as a custom delivery van.
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Stop it, just stop it this is getting out of hand, every time this guy redoes a car people just get angry. A pacer? Really did everyone run out of ideas? Whats next, A Reliant Robbin?
Love to watch his process for making these sketches. My wife had this design nailed 30 years ago when I bought a 1982 Porsche 928. She described my 928S as a hunkered down chopped AMC Pacer. While I was a little offended at her critique of my pride and joy, I was appreciative of her knowledge of automobiles enough to come up with the AMC Pacer.
Nice drawing. Not an improvement. He's very talented but he made the Pacer look like a Pinto.
Adding a ridiculous blind spot to a design that gave superior visibility is just ignorant.
I hate to disagree with Chip (and I don't very often), but removing the rear window is a mistake in my opinion. I've always thought a Pacer (reimagined) would be a great little street rod, but the VISIBILITY (lotsa glass) is the predominant aspect of the car and probably why I've always liked those cars. If one wants to reduce the view from outside the car to the occupants, then darken the glass! Choose a paint color which is of a similar tone to the glass tint used, and I agree with Chip re lowering, wider tires/wheels, more performance (although a Hellcat engine would be way too much). A small V8 or even a performance V6 would be more than enough to provide serious performance for this car, and with adding some *features* to the interior - nice seats, nice steering wheel, etc... would bring it all 'up to snuff'... I've always envisioned building such a car but the days of finding a solid Pacer to work with are disappearing!
It's even the same color as my old Gremlin X! Geez Chip, I think Kenosha beat you to it. I wouldn't normally even have looked, especially in an edition with articles on Aston Martins & Triumph bikes, but had see if what he did was any improvement over his attempts on an E-type. At least he picked a car there is no harm in chopping up. I would love to have my Gremlin back though.
I too saw the Gremlin resemblance, but if the car actually was built and you managed to put it next to a Gremlin, they would actually be very different, given how tiny the Gremlin is and how massive the Pacer is. I actually sort of like Chip's Pacer.
Chip Foose must be getting stir-crazy in lock-down. This seems like the answer to a question nobody has asked: how do we transform one of the biggest car jokes ever to come out of Detroit, the Pacer. How about a Pontiac Aztec next?
Well I was pretty hard on Chip after what he did to my E Type, although not nearly as hard as many others were. As for his Pacer, if I had a small business and needed a deliver car/truck and saw his Pacer, I would be interested. My college girlfriend had a Pacer and they are absolutely massive inside. The worst feature was the wraparound glass that made it look like a huge fish bowl. Getting rid of that and the huge improvements to the front and back (which to be fair, were not possible in 1975 due to regulations) make it pretty appealing. As with all Chip's designs, its too low for my taste but that's a quibble.
Actually, not a joke. I worked at American Motors Styling during those times. Car was well received at it's inception. It was a decent car, too. Note that Pacer value is increasing. I have a'77 , same color as Chip's rendering. I like what he did with the exception of closing up the rear quarter glass. makes the car look very rear end heavy. because of all that glass, the car is pretty heavy for it's size. The glass minimizes the heavy look. 37% of the body surface is glass. Also, there are no blind spots when looking out from inside, part of the appeal. As a member of the styling team back then, I can say that proposals such as his were looked at. When the Pacer was in it's Wankel engine phase of the design process it was a **bleep** good looking car.
Another great episode by Mr. Foose! The pizza joint (Garcia's) I worked and delivered for at University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign) did this back in the late '70s. They bought red Pacers, put matching red closeouts in the rear quarter windows, and bolted a backlit green (fiberglas) stem on top, and called them "Flying Tomatoes"; to go along with the name the owners gave themselves (The Flying Tomato Brothers). They also had a similarly decorated hot air balloon.
Chip Foose is enormously talented and I could never do what he does. However, with regard to the AMC Pacer all I can say is that by removing the rear side glass all he has done is transform the pacer into a.................slightly rounded Gremlin! AMC's been there and done that!
I love the sketch and would love to see it come to life. I know it'd cost a bunch in fabricating etc, and it probably would be one of the worst investments. None the less, if it came out as cool as the sketch it'd be a head turner. Nice job Chip!
I watched with an open mind, but even the magic of Chip Foose can't make this pig of a car good looking! When AMC launched the Pacer, we all said it looked like a goldfish bowl on wheels, and that anyone driving one should wear a set of artificial fish gills to look the part. The most interesting comment I ever heard about a Pacer was from an editor at Automobile Magazine when I worked there - we were at a restaurant in Ann Arbor, having lunch, and there was a black Pacer parked across the street outside. He looked at the car and said; "you know the disturbing thing about a Pacer? If you chop the top, from a rear 3/4 view it would look like a Porsche 928!! 🙂
Watched this video this evening... What a talent! It never ceases to amaze me how Chip can bring a line drawing to life! My hat's off to you Chip! Show us more!
As a fan of glass area, I first thought Chip was going screw this up. But no, very nice job, I want one too!
Now, how about doing the opposite on a car with TOO LITTLE GLASS - the current and last generation Camaros. They are fairly nice looking cars, but would be great with 2 inches more glass area - IMHO. Go for it Chip!
Love Foose's work but...taking the rear side glass away leaves an enormous blind spot. Not a great idea. Also, there is no mirror on the passenger side. That makes the blind spot issue even worse. Agree with another writer; tint the glass if you do not want to have anyone see you pick your nose (or just don't pick it.)