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Bob Nixon, AMC Designer Who Penned the Gremlin and Pacer, Dies at 86

Posted February 21, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: amc classic auto Gremlin history Pacer

Dick Teague may have whipped up an early sketch for the AMC Gremlin on an airline barf bag, but the task of actually designing a production-ready truncated Hornet fell to designer Bob Nixon, the longtime American Motors designer who died last week at the age of 86.

Perhaps the greatest irony of Nixon’s long career at America’s last independent carmaker arose from his assignments at American Motors. While Nixon towered over his colleagues in height, he ended up leading the company’s small-car studio and designing many of the company’s compact and subcompact production cars.

The designer of two radical 80s vehicles passed last week and left a unique auto legacy.

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02/22/2019 9:11 AM

Engineers often complain about not having good requirements to design to. This guy was working from a sketch on a barf bag...

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02/22/2019 9:45 AM

Look, there is only one thing endearing about his creations. they were amazingly original designs that somehow made it to the showroom. Ugly as it was, the Gremlin with the 304 V8 was insane on the street.

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02/23/2019 3:01 PM

Ugly as it was, the Gremlin with the 304 V8 was insane on the street.

Yeah, ugly, probably due to air turbulence when the original drawings were made on the barf bag...

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