Bullfighter plaid seats. Nice!
A “Barn Find” out of Wisconsin advertised earlier this year on ebay with only 44,000 miles.
Time Magazine named it one of the “50 Worst Cars of All Time.” That makes me a little sad.
Sorry about the distracting blue circle, but I love this old TV commercial for the 1974 Gremlin.
What on earth qualifies that is bullfighter plaid?!
I remember when the Gremlins 1st came out. I was way more of a Pacer fan from an aesthetic POV. But looking at it now, especially the way the silver one in the ad is done up, I’d certainly like my hands on one now!
The “X” model had a 304 V8 in it, and a guy I knew had a plum-colored one, it was a screamer. Of course they handled like a cross between a toboggan, and a home made soap box derby car, and he got drunk after a dance and rolled it several times on the edge of town before it was a year old. Somehow he wasn’t hurt seriously.
That’s just what we always called seats with loud plaid seat covers, but could they be also called Matador Plaid?
I was always partial to the Pacer, and am thinking about buying one. They’re still pretty cheap. I like the sedan better than the wagon, but found a wagon in the Denver area I’m eyeballing.
Oh, I definitely ant a ride if you get the Pacer. For all my loving of it, I’ve never been in one.
I would LOVE to own a Pacer! Here in germany they practically don´t exist, I only know them from photos and always thought they are gorgeous.
Mark– your last listing (the car seat ad) also mentioned “bull fighter plaid”– a term I had never heard before. So it just refers to any bold plaid?
Hi Doug! I just remembered when I saw that ad, people calling LOUD plaid seat covers “Bull Fighter Plaid” when I was a kid, and of course thought it had something to do with sex in a car back then. I saw your WTF? and that’s why I went straight to an old AMC car, because I remembered somebody had one with those plaid seats. I had to drive a banana yellow gremlin with green plaid seats, and no a/c, about 180 miles round trip for my boss when I was about 18. It was July, and I had to pick up a lady and her three boys at a bus station in rural Nebraska.
Thanks for the explanation, Mark. By the way, Googling “bullfighter plaid” and “definition” provides no results!
Also, your experience driving the lady and her 3 boys for your boss sounds like a great short story (or novel.) Was it as intriguing as it sounds?
Doug I don’t know how you knew I hid the good stuff from that little bit of information. It’s nothing more than another coming of age story about a kid in 1973’s rural midwest. It was quite a summer though….
It was a dark and stormy night….smile
Probably something like “Rich Corinthian Leather”
My mom & dad both had Gremlins in the 70’s. Dad had baby blue & mom’s was orange.
We had the Yellow one…we didn’t keep it very long. I remember it was very fast off the line, and it was like riding in a fish bowl?