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1976 AMC Matador

1976 AMC Matador in Firestarter, Movie, 1984 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1976 AMC Matador

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Raul1983 FI

2006-10-09 20:27

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AMC Ambassador

R36 GE US

2006-10-09 21:06

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1974 sedan

car nerd US

2007-03-11 08:07

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I think it's a Matador.

Kevin8or US

2008-01-01 16:25

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CAR NERD IS WRONG! I CAN TELL BECAUSE OF THE LONGER WHEELBASE AND DIFFERENT TAILIGHTS. MY DAD HAS A 1974 AMBASSADOR. THE CAR IS TRULY UNIQUE COMPARED TO THE MATADOR. THE LEADING EDGE OF THE FRONT FENDER IS ALSO A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SHAPE. I THOUGHT THEY WERE MATADOR CLONES MYSELF UNTIL MY DAD POINTED OUT THE DISTINCTIONS. HE HAS A 1974 THAT IS IN VERY GOOD CONDTITION THAT BELONGED TO A COLONEL IN THE US AIR FORCE. THE PICTURE IS BLURRY, BUT A REAL AMC CAR NERD KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE--EVEN WITH A BLURRY PICTURE.

cko US

2010-09-28 22:43

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Those are Matador taillights.I cant find any pictures of a '74 Ambassador from the rear but the Matador had these taillights.
The front looks too round.Matadors had curved front corners whereas Ambos were more straight.The front edge of this car looks too rounded to be an ambo. Just my 2 cents worth.

wunaladreamin US

2011-12-24 08:06

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Sorry Kevin8or, but car nerd is correct. Why is that? Because I am the real nerd that knows the difference. I have owned my second 74 Ambassador for eleven years now, my second 75 Matador for thirteen years, my second 76 Matador for ten years, and my 78 Matador for four years. Yup, still have all four of them. The car in the photo is a 76 to 78 Matador. Look closely at the lower corners of the front and rear bumpers. Starting during the 76 model year, they featured a vinyl nerfing strip which wrapped around those lower corners of the Matador bumper. The 74 Ambassador, in it\'s final year, had a similar feature on the upper front bumpers below the headlights, which would not be visible in this photo, unlike the Matador nerfing, which is clearly visible in the photo. As all 74 Ambassadors were Broughams, they also had the chrome frame bolted around the license plate opening. All 74 fleet Ambassadors I have seen photos of, or in junkyards included this feature also. The base Matador sedans in 74, 75, and 76 did not come with this feature, as seen in the photo. 1974 Ambassadors, as Broughams, usually also featured chrome rocker panel moldings, generally featured only on more uppity Matador models, such as the Matador Brougham option. The base Matador in the photo does not feature the chrome package. Just glancing at the photo definitely reveals the shorter front fenders, which concurs with what cko says, you can make out the point of the chrome plastic Matador headlight bezel which can be seen from the side. Cko is correct commenting that the 74 Ambassador fenders are more straight with the bolted on fender extensions that replaced the previous 73 models corner lamps. Cko, the 1974 Ambassador had front and rear restyling to comply with the new federal 5 mph bumper impact requirements for new vehicles. The Ambassador and Matadors shared the same bodies from the cowl back. This explains why the back ends are the same. AMC used two different plastic taillight lenses in the openings in 1974 to distinguish the models from each other. After the Ambassador was cancelled in 1974, the 75 through 78 Matadors featured the Ambassador style plastic. So, to sum this all up, I am going to say that it is safe to say that the car in the photo is a mid 76 model or a low buck 77 model. My apologies for sounding arrogant,
Real AMC car nerd.

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