Quick Shift – A 1972 AMC Matador Coupe

While attending a local car show this past Sunday, I was able to capture this very unusual Matador. I like the quirky AMCs of this era, with their distinctive roof lines, to the intricate details of the interior. This would be a car I would love to own, but there are so many others before it….

I have resigned to the fact that the American Buying Public doesn’t care about color any more. This Madator shows off the Yellow (called Daisy Yellow) and Tan vinyl Roof in all of its splendor. The interior is equally as colorful, with tan vinyl and striped cloth inserts.

Drink in all the details of these shots, and let me know what you think of this car.

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  1. tonyola Avatar

    Nice car with a slighty yucky color combo, but it's pretty obvious where AMC got the idea for the roofline.
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    1. salguod Avatar

      The Matador's roof lines flow better, IMO, and I personally love that yellow, but not sure about how it works with the tan roof. A black roof might have worked better.

      1. tonyola Avatar

        The color scheme reminds me of banana pudding with vanilla wafers on top. Gurk.

    2. Mike_the_Dog Avatar

      I wouldn't be so quick to assume that. That sidelight treatment is (almost) as old as AMC itself.
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  2. Van Saorckin Avatar
    Van Saorckin

    A tidy little piece from the grand days of the unpadded, non-landaued nor be-opera windowed vinyl roof. Still, I have a stranger fixation for the mildly inflate, mini Torinoed later Matadors.
    There has been a regrettable reduction in car colors. It used to be that you could get some cars in next to a hundred different colors. Someone said that there were over a million potential color and trim option variations available on the Impala at one point. If you were willing to sit down with the oder book and then wait for delivery, you really could have it your way.
    My suspicion is that paint lines are expensive, and the fifty to two hundred bucks option cost wasn't profitable enough to manufacturers. Maybe OSHA and environmental regs drove up the paint cost too. These days, it's hard to find a car with more than about five to ten colors permitted. And most of them are white, gray and black. Same goes for interiors.

    1. Jim Brennan Avatar
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  3. muthalovin Avatar

    Matadors have never been my cup of bull-fighter. Tell me more about that green 911.

  4. mad_science Avatar

    I bet it could slay a contemporary Lamborghini.

  5. salguod Avatar

    Every time I see a Matador of that vintage, I think of Adam-12.

  6. topdeadcentre Avatar

    *snif* any 1972 Matador makes me miss my own, Clifford the Big Red Car. Bought for $500 in 1992. Red with white vinyl top, black interior with black-and-white woven vinyl in the black vinyl seats. 304 v8 auto, four wheel drum brakes (yikes!), and non-working air conditioning.
    I drove Clifford for two years, and then the transmission gave out. Didn't want to replace the tranny (and fix all the other little problems like a leaking windshield gasket seal), and so he was replaced with a $200 Chevy Citation (which never had a nickname).
    I kept the black-and-silver bullseye logo from the middle of the steering wheel. The tow company dropped Clifford off at the fire department in my home town, where he was used for accident victim extraction training for a few weeks.

  7. muthalovin Avatar

    That's perfectly cool Jim. At least you went, and took some pictures, and are sharing with the class.
    But, WTF? No Donk Pics?!?!

  8. muthalovin Avatar

    These comments are making me see red.

  9. Jim Brennan Avatar
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  10. Alff Avatar

    I love AMC's Samsonite latch door handles.

  11. CptSevere Avatar

    I'm trying to steer this in the right direction, but it's not working.

  12. CptSevere Avatar

    They're just in a bad mooed.

    1. jjd241 Avatar

      I bet it's Al Gored's fault there aren't more color choices.

  13. Mnr Avatar

    You know what this code yellow daisy?

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