March 22, 2023
TONAWANDA, N.Y. – First introduced for model year 1970 to replace the Rambler American, it was certainly an important car in keeping the company solvent for a few more years. Perhaps not quite as campy (nor as memorable) as the Gremlin, this 1973 AMC Hornet was nonetheless a solid competitor in the compact car market — especially as gas prices were on the rise. In its literature, AMC touted the economical virtues of the Hornet, as well as mentioning its thick plush carpeting, foam-cushioned seats, and glove box lock. The latter mention was probably a dig at Ford’s Maverick which, until halfway through the 1973 model run, didn’t even have a glove box, never mind a locking one. Since its introduction in 1970, the Maverick came with a full-length package tray under the dashboard. Not popular with many owners (including my Mom!).
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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