1974 AMC Matador X Coupe. Why so serious?

AMC Matador X Coupe II. Aerography: Why so serious?

American Motors’ executives saw an opportunity to replace the “uninspired” Matador two-door hardtop with a new design to capture people looking for exciting, sporty styling in a market segment that was outpacing the rest of the automobile market; and were looking to answer the demand for plush mid-size coupes after the end of the muscle car era.

The 1974 model year introduced an aerodynamically styled fastback coupe with pronounced “tunneled” headlight surrounds. The Matador coupe was the only all-new model in the popular mid-size car segment, specifically targeting the Chevrolet Chevelle Coupe, Ford Torino Coupe, and Plymouth Satellite Sebring. The coupe was designed under the direction of AMC’s vice president of styling, Dick Teague, with input from Mark Donohue, the famous race car driver. This car model took part in the James Bond 007 The Man With The Golden Gun movie.

Made in USA

Years of production: 1974-1976

Engine: 8 cylinders; 4981 cc

Power: 150 HP

Max speed: 196 km/h

Weight: 1704 kg

Route 66 (Petersburg)

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