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Pacer Farm Pacers

Pacer Farm Pacer No. 1
year1978 Pacer 1
modelDL wagon
colour8A khaki
engine258 CID
transmission3-spd auto column
Pacer No. 1 photographed at our favourite country road intersection
(it's on MD route 66, 1.7 miles N of Interstate 70)

Pacer Farm Pacer No. 2
year1977 Pacer 2
modelDL coupe
colour6P firecracker red
engine258 CID
transmission3-spd auto column

Pacer Farm former Pacer No. 3
year1976 Pacer 3
modelDL coupe
coloursH8 autumn red
G7 alpine white
engine258 CID
transmission3-spd auto stick
former Pacer No. 3, photographed at the Farm c. 1998

other Pacers we have known (or at least photographed)

the ranks of free-range Pacers are continuing to diminish with the passage of time.  we're always on the lookout for them, but for the casual Pacer-spotter the easiest pickings are to be found at auto shows, particularly those sponsored by AMC-oriented clubs.  for this reason many of the images below were captured during auto shows. 
trailer queen
year1977
modelDL wagon
photographedJune 1997
locationAMCWC Nationals
Cherry Hill NJ
not all Pacers are "daily drivers".
this Pacer received a complete restoration to better-than-new condition, and won platinum-level trophies.
show cars like this are considered too valuable to be driven to the shows, so they ride in style on special trailers.

at the show
year1978
modelDL coupe
photographedJune 1997
locationAMCWC Nationals
Cherry Hill NJ
this car was driven to the show from upstate New York.
Pacer Farm Pacer No. 2 (partly visible on left) was the only other "daily driver" Pacer to attend the meet; we were pleased to be able to place them together.

not your average Pacer
year1977
modelwagon
photographedJuly 1997
locationAMO Nationals
Kannapolis NC
some Pacer owners seem to be worried that their Pacers are too conventional.
note the modifications to this Pacer wagon; bumpers have been replaced with welded pipes and (along with the front grille) painted the same custom red as the rest of the body. 
the "Wayne's World" flame decals add to the effect.  it's, uh, different.

Pacers on display
photographedJuly 1997
locationAMO Nationals
Kannapolis NC
Pacers
(L to R)
- 1977 coupe
- 1975 coupe owned by Bud Turner and Bobbie Mistretta of Altanta GA
- Pacer Farm Pacer No. 2
- 1977 DL Wagon

tar heel Pacer
year1978
modelDL coupe
photographedJuly 1997
locationAMO Nationals
Kannapolis NC
perfectly suited to its environment was this tarheel blue DL coupe. 
the personalized license tag is a classy touch. 

dual wagons
year1979
modelDL wagon
photographedNovember 1998
locationRockville MD
the DL wagon on the left was being sold (we stopped by for a visit in Pacer Farm Pacer No. 1) 
the plan was for it to go to a buyer in Florida; instead it ended up in Virginia. 

Orbisonia

Pacer parade in Pennsylvania
photographedJune 1999
locationOrbisonia PA
Pacers
(L to R)
- 1977 DL wagon owned by Lew Brown of Orbisonia PA
- 1977 DL wagon owned by Lew Brown of Orbisonia PA
- Pacer Farm Pacer No. 3
- "Cutie Pie", 1976 DL coupe owned by Curtis Uhrin of Clearfield PA

Creve Coeur

black and white and red from all over
photographedJuly 1999
locationAMO Nationals
Creve Coeur MO
Pacers
(L to R)
- "Zippy", 1975 coupe owned by Bud Turner and Bobbie Mistretta of Altanta GA
- Pacer Farm Pacer No. 2
- 1979 DL wagon owned by Eric Grosskopf of Phoenix AZ
- 1975 coupe owned by Glen Hoag of Athens AL; the famous Pacer Page Pacer

flip side
photo:  Taunton Paine
photographedJuly 1999
locationAMO Nationals
Creve Coeur MO
Pacers same as above, seen from the other side

Alaska


North Pole Pacers
photographedAugust 1999
locationNorth Pole AK
Pacers
(L to R)
- 1976 Pacer DL
- 1975 Pacer X
these Pacers are slumbering amid the fireweed and wild raspberries outside an auto repair shop in the town of North Pole, Alaska.  the vehicle on the left appeared to have suffered a minor engine compartment fire but neither has any significant accretion of rust, and in the climate of central Alaska both may remain preserved for quite some time.  the Pacer on the right sports the remains of a vinyl roof. 

workhorse
year1977
modelwagon
photographedAugust 1999
locationbetween North Pole AK
and Fairbanks AK
although under restoration this Pacer wagon is earning its keep as a daily driver. 

a weary horse out to pasture
year1978 photo: Taunton Paine
modelcoupe
photographedAugust 1999
locationCooper Landing AK
like its North Pole counterparts this derelict Pacer is also surrounded by wildflowers.  unlike them, it exhibits noticeable rust - evidence that the Kenai peninsula is wetter than central Alaska, and that the roads are salted. 

Seattle and Tacoma WA

Seattle survivor
year1977
modelwagon
photographedSeptember 1999
locationSeattle WA
this free-range Pacer was spotted in Seattle.  although the hood has the raised style used for 1978 and later Pacers, the VIN indicates that it is a 1977 model.  perhaps the front end was rebuilt following an accident?  note the bumpers, painted to match the body. 

Tacoma collectible
year1976
modelDL coupe
photographedSeptember 1999
locationTacoma WA
Harold and Nancy LeMay of Tacoma WA have an astonishing vehicle collection containing hundreds and hundreds of automobiles, trucks, military vehicles, firefighting apparatus, agricultural implements and even some industrial and short line railroad equipment.  obviously the gem of the collection is this DL coupe, seen enjoying a battery charge during a recent tour.  note in the background the vehicles stored indoors, many stacked onto racks. 

Power Pacer
year1978
modelDL coupe (with V-8 engine)
photographedSeptember 1999
locationTacoma WA
Scott Veiland acquired this coupe just a few weeks before the LeMay collection tour. 

Pacer on Pilgrimage
year1977
modelDL wagon
photographedSeptember 1999
locationTacoma WA
Fred Connors brought his spiffy wagon up from Oregon for the event. 

Blue Jeans
year1977
modelDL wagon
photographedSeptember 1999
locationTacoma WA
this wagon from Spokane WA sports the Levi's interior fabric option.  note the custom spoiler attached to the roof rack. 


Pacers in the Cinema

Mirthmobile
yearpre-1978
photo:  Detroit News
modelcoupe
photographedc. 1992
locationAurora, IL
(film location)
as seen in the film Wayne's World

just about any Pacer aficionado can tell you about the "mirthmobile" Pacer coupe featured prominently in Wayne's World and its sequel.  many will also recall the red Pacer wagon used in "Oh God!"  or the Pacer in Stephen King's "Cujo" Pacers have also appeared in more obscure films. 
 
would you like fries with that?
year1975
photo:  "Hamburger Harry", International Hamburger Hall of Fame
modelcoupe
photographedc. 1997
locationunknown
Pacer coupe modified for the 1997 comedy Good Burger.  note the cheeseburger hood, pickle-slice hubcaps, french-fry wipers and jaunty beverage cup.  the vehicle has been acquired by the International Hamburger Hall of Fame in Daytona Beach FL.  somewhere along the trail from movie set to museum its distinctive hubcaps seem to have fallen by the wayside. 

the Sore Losers
yearpre-1978
modelcoupe
photographedc. 1997
locationMemphis TN
(film location)
we're still looking for an action shot from John Michael McCarthy's 1997 independent film Sore Losers, the advertising copy for which promises that the viewer can " ... SEE a lime green AMC Pacer in a weird face off with a UFO powered '55 Chevy ... ". 

disturbing image
yearpre-1978
modelcoupe
photographedc. 1998
location
Toronto ON (film location)
this hapless Pacer was propped against a Toronto telphone pole for Canadian director Don McKellar's Y2K apocalypse film Last Night.  note the dented roof, smashed tail light and rear window, and the safety glass in the street.  yes, folks, a Pacer was harmed in the making of this film.  too bad Mr. McKellar couldn't pick on someone his own ...  width. 

more abuse -- they're at it again
year
pre-1978

[photo unavailable]
model
unknown

photographed
c. 1999

location
(?) Big Bear Lake CA
(film location)

in the trailers for Universal Studios' Beethoven's 3rd, a yellow Pacer is shown being driven behind a cement mixer which proceeds to drop its load of wet concrete onto the Pacer's hood and windshield for a visual gag (in this case, the term is more than appropriate).  yet another case of a Pacer harmed (in this case, destroyed) in the making of a film. 

A Goofy Pacer
yearpre-1978


images:  Jenzie's shrine to AGM
modelcoupe
photographedn/a
locationn/a
this Pacer was the vehicle of choice for the lead character in Disney's animated A Goofy Movie.  no actual Pacers were harmed in the making of this  film (don't be alarmed, the scary-looking body damage was actually simulated with special effects).  the Pacer Farm's traveling museum contains a couple of promotional Pacer toys associated with this film. 
note the interior shot's dashboard detail. 

haven't had enough?  check out our list of links to Pacer photos at other sites

Pacers in Public Service

see our special report on Public Service Pacers on this site. 


the AMC Pacer club

Pacers are fine vehicles, but we're coming up on 20 years since the last one was built.  the company that made them is gone, parts are getting scarce, and many contemporary mechanics don't understand some of their technology (e.g., all those vacuum lines under the hood).  the remaining vehicles, and their owners, need to band together to survive. 

the AMC Pacer Club is a support group for Pacer owners, and a valuable resource for anybody interested in these fine vehicles.  although the club does not have a substantial presence on the web, see the Pacer Club home page for a snail-mail contact point (while you're there see if you can spot Pacer Farm Pacer No. 2 in the photo taken at the 1998 Pacer Club National Meet in Auburn IN). 

the Pacer Club issues a quarterly newsletter containing stories, photographs and buy 'n' sell ads for vehicles and parts.  it also puts on a National Meet, generally held over a weekend during the summer months, providing a wonderful opportunity for members and their vehicles to get together. 

other AMC clubs

we also recommend either or both of the national AMC clubs: both clubs have regional chapters in many areas; follow the links above for further information. 

Pacer Farm resources

research materials from the Pacer Farm collection are shared with the general public during auto shows.  between their chores the farm hands can sometimes handle simple queries. 
for best results, questions should be non-technical in nature and expressed in short words free of complex sentence structure. 
the vast majority of queries can be handled with greater speed and accuracy by subscribers to the online AMC discussion list (see AMX-files link below). 

the traveling Library

the Pacer Farm has AMC technical service manuals for each model year in the active fleet, and a copy of the voluminous AMC 1973-1978 parts book.  other documents in the collection include advertising and promotional material, and a copy on videotape of the landmark film "Wayne's World" -- required viewing for any truly demented Pacer fan. 
whenever the Pacer Farm gets its collective act together and takes it on the road in the direction of an auto show, the technical reference material is recalled from our mechanics and a selection of the other literature is brought along in order to make it accessible to anyone at the show. 

the traveling Museum

the Pacer Farm also brings to auto shows a selection from the collection of toy and model Pacers.  the complete collection is displayed in a window (not clickable - it's made of wood and glass) in the farm cottage; although this location is not readily accessible to the general public (other than delivery personnel from our domestic fuel supplier) it can be seen from the historic Janus Cottage, physical home of The Janus Museum

online Pacer and AMC resources

Pacer Pages

Jeni Barovian's Pacer Page was the first, and remains the best on the web.  described by www.CanadianDriver.com in this site review as "acknowledged among Pacer fans as the centre of Pacer mania on the Web".  a few other Pacer-related sites are:

it's not quite a Pacer page, but Nicholas McIntosh's carflix.com automotive image database site contains a growing collection of Pacer photos and is well worth a visit.  from its default page select 'find a car' -- the search tools will locate some fine images, including one of a 1976 Pacer DL coupe in State Farm Insurance bicentennial livery. 

Pacer images

some Pacer photos are scattered around the 'net on pages that aren't Pacer pages; here are some we've run across:

offline but not forgotten


  did we miss one?  has one of these links decayed?  if so, please let us know

Pacers are well represented among the other images at the www.carpictures.com site, an ambitious project dedicated to having "at least one picture of every car that has ever been produced in the history of this planet". 

Miscellaneous (non-Pacer) AMC pages

for general AMC information, the best sites are:

Discussion Lists

Pacer enthusiasts can chose from two online discussion lists.



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