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Old April 1st, 2008, 02:53 PM   #21
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AMC Gremlin. Everyone had a Citation or a Pontiac Phoenix
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Old April 1st, 2008, 03:55 PM   #22
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Old April 1st, 2008, 04:00 PM   #23
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I think he was looking for Gremlin, but that does appear to be a subcompact, American made car, built way before 1970
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Old April 1st, 2008, 04:19 PM   #25
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I think you guys have your eras messed up. the era of the "Small" car was during the great depression. Bantem had the ringer with a whole line up of cars back in the mid `30s. then they were asked to build the Jeep protype and the dropped the car lines in favor of the Jeep.

there was also a huge push by GM in the late `50s to produce a smaller "economy" car. they produced the Corvair, which is smaller then a Vega. then they came out with the Tempest in `61 that was a front engine rear trans set up. only made it for 3 years. then the AMC folks had the Gremlin on the drawing boards back in the mid `60s. it was the original X car for them and was slated to be the AMX in `67. they dropped it in favor of the Javlin coupe design they used instead.

now if you want small you have to go to Jap cars of the `60s. the Honda CV 600 was the tiniest. I once picked up a stripped out body and carried it on my back out to the junk pile.
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And I have a hard time calling a bobbed compact car (Hornet) a subcompact. Another vote for the Metropolitan and Corvair FTW.

They were a lotta fun with a 304, however...

The front engine/rear transaxle Tempests were cool. They had a flexible rubber driveshaft and if you power-braked them you could wind it up and it would really jump...
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I had one and would drive one again if I could find a decent one. Great mileage and ran forever.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 07:40 PM   #29
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I think you guys have your eras messed up. the era of the "Small" car was during the great depression. Bantem had the ringer with a whole line up of cars back in the mid `30s. then they were asked to build the Jeep protype and the dropped the car lines in favor of the Jeep.

Willys also had their small car, the Whippet:



But I wouldn't necessarily say the 30s were the era of small cars, it was a wierd time with some small, but also, arguably the most luxurious, glamorous cars ever made, especially in the early 30s. Not even the late 60s top this era, in my book.

Auburn



Duesy



Cadillac V16



Packard (This one belongs to my grandfather)



Rolls Royce



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Even you guys at chrysler had a few nice ones...

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Even you guys at chrysler had a few nice ones...

SWEET!!
Do you know what model and year.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:03 PM   #32
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Not american, but I can't believe no one has mentioned this yet:

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, but this is even smaller...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mio5fTKqWgM
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It made the top 10:

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Proud to say I have never owned any of those on that list
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Gremlin is No sub-compact

just a compact


and just for more giggles
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 12:09 AM   #38
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I think he was looking for Gremlin, but that does appear to be a subcompact, American made car, built way before 1970
The Nash (and Hudson) Metropolitans were designed in the US, built in England, then shipped to the US. I had a 1960 hard top that was a boat load of fun. The car was a raging hunk of shit but it was drivable. People were amazed that a 6 foot guy could fit in it but actually I had lots of room inside. I'l like to get a nice one some day.
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Weird Al had a Nash Metropolitan in UHF
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While on the AMC subject. We have a high school intern-type working for us. He is a farmboy but loves his AMCs. He drives a light blue Matador that is in great shape. He doesn't want a Mustang or Camaro. He wants that Matador. I give the kid a ton of credit for that. I wish I had a pic of it.
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