HomePick of the Day1977 AMC Pacer racer that’s ready for some track-time fun

1977 AMC Pacer racer that’s ready for some track-time fun


You see all kinds of strange things at the dragstrip, as racers compete not only for best times but for the coolest and most-unusual cars. No one would expect to see an AMC Pacer, the original fishbowl on wheels, out there, but here it is and looking pretty awesome despite its humble roots.

The Pick of the Day is a bright-orange-and-black 1977 AMC Pacer that has been set up for track-time fun, although the Lenexa, Kansas, dealer advertising the Pacer on ClassicCars.com indicates that the car is streetable, though it might be tough to see traffic around that ginormous hood scoop. 

AMC Pacer
The Pacer’s competition gear includes wheelie bars, slicks and a parachute

The AMC is also packed with top-drawer performance goodies, the seller adds, and goes by the name of Pacer X Treme. 

“This is one of the most amazing AMC Pacers out on the road today,” the dealer says in ad. “It had an 8-year full restoration and given a monster 351 Winsor V8 packed full of goodies like .30 over KB performance forged pistons, forged steel crankshaft, forged steel rods, crane cam with 214/224 duration at 50degree, qual cast high-volume oil pump, heads are GT40 big valve and headers from a 95 Lightning, Ford Racing aluminum intake and valve covers, MSD ignition feed by a Edelbrock AFB 820 cfm carb from a 20 gal fuel cell.

“All that is mated to a Hughes-built C6 heavy duty transmission and 2500 torque converter, with steel shafts and shift kit, and a B&M rachet shifter. All of that is connected to a Ford 9in posi rear with 3.90 gears. It is stopped by 4-wheel power disc brakes and a working parachute all riding on M/T racing street slicks on Weld racing wheels.” 

AMC Pacer
A Ford racing engine lurks under the hood

The Pacer racer was built from a rust-free Arizona car, the dealer adds, and is in clean condition through and through. It has gone just 25,000 miles.

Whether you intend to drive and show it or take it to the strip for some heated vintage competition, the Pacer is most certainly a head-turner and conversation-starter.  The asking price of $19,900 seems reasonable considering all the work that’s gone into bringing this Pacer up to its X Treme state.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

AMC Pacer
The Pacer’s interior looks race ready
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.



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