Gucci's founder was a man named Guccio, and he apparently insisted on keeping his fashion house a family-operated business operating exclusively in Italy during his tenure, which ended with his death in 1953. Amid the buzz of post-war globalization turning small businesses into household names, the company bearing his surname clung to that original vision-until the allure of additional profit proved too tempting. https://www.hagerty.com/media/car-profiles/why-fancy-pants-gucci-reimagined-amcs-normcore-hornet/
But Tim2, it's not a street racer- and I'll challenge you on the 401 v Asia thing; had a CJ5 with a 401 that could turn/smoke all 4 35 inch Cepek mudders on dry concrete. Wasn't fast, quick af. 5.13 axles, donchakno.
I was today years old when I learned that "normcore" was really a word. I think Hagerty needs to create the word "Lemoncore" and use it to encourage people to drive their entries in their local Concours d'Lemons while dressed in the most outlandish fashion trends from the era of their Hooptie. Now that's a word I could really get behind!
Vince Geraci, who've I've corresponded with several times, was the AMC interior designer during this era. Also on the terrific AMC interior playlist at this time were the Oleg Cassini Matador option (the cloth upholstery always reminded me of Florence Knoll couches...and that's not a bad thing) and the Levi interiors. The Sportabout was an extremely popular and handsome wagon when it was new. No one had anything like it. Of course, you have to be cognizant of style and an adult at the time.
Hate that this dates me, but without the government mandated 5mph bumpers, I think (I'm a GM/GTO guy) that the last generation of AMC Matador coupes and sedans were the best large cars AMC ever did. My fave AMC will always be the SC/rambler, but the aero Matadors always bring me back to highschool.