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RealRides of WNY #2282 (on the road) - 1973 Matador

July 7, 2022

RealRides of WNY #2282 (on the road) - 1973 Matador


We finally “crossed over the bridge” a couple of weekends ago to attend the 26thAnnual Rambler-Rama, held this year in Port Perry, Ontario. Put on by the Northern Ramblers (AMC) Car Club of Canada, this year’s event featured almost 60 different AMC-related entries, including a bunch of AMXes, Americans, Marlins, and other assorted nameplates (including a few Hudsons) rarely seen at most other car shows. One of my favorites (if you’re a regular reader this shouldn’t surprise you at all) was this 1973 AMC Matador which made the hour or so drive up from Toronto. The Matador, AMC’s mid-size offering, was definitely on life support by 1973, with only one series of cars, offered as a four-door sedan and wagon as well as a two-door hardtop, all in six- and eight-cylinder versions. A very swoopy coupe would supplant the two-door hardtop for 1974, but its controversial styling wasn’t enough to save the Matador from disappearing after MY 1978.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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