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Say Hello To the Most Excellent Car At Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

I once thought I had Pacer for an entire year. It turned out I was just really bored. Seriously why on earth would anyone want to restore what is widely believed to be one of the most terrible cars ever produced? Well, there is 1 1976 AMC Pacer that is worth owning, just 1. All the rest can be set on fire or sent to the crusher. The 1 in question is the LEGENDARY Garthmobile and now thanks to Barrett-Jackson you can own this piece of cinematic history. Lot 68 is the actual Pacer from Wayne’s World. Not only that, it has been painstakingly restored from the ground up.


The Garthmobile started life as a 1976 AMC Pacer with a 258 cubic inch 6 cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission. No manual? Denied. Automatics are punishment for shoplifting in some countries. The original exterior color was yellow, paired with a brown interior, but it received a baby blue hue inside and out before filming. Other mods include the excellent Super Ropes licorice dispenser in the roof, speaker boxes in the rear, flame decals and mismatched wheels. All props remain, receiving their own refresh. New chrome, speakers though the originals are available as per the seller. The heater and air conditioner were also yanked out. Because who needs climate control when you’re driving this piece of total awesomeness?


The front end got a complete rebuild, including the steering rack. There’s a brand new exhaust, water pump, power steering pump, alternator, battery, and belts and hoses. All weather stripping and moldings were replaced, along with the grille. All told the car got enough love to get its very own Excellent Scooby Doo ending.


So at this point you want it. Hell I want it. I’m already sitting at work devising a way to buy it. First I’ll access the secret military spy satellite that’s in a geosynchronous orbit over the Midwest. Then, I’ll ID my bank account without the wife knowing and get our approximate account balance. Then, I’ll reposition the transmitter dish on the remote truck to 17.32 degrees east, hit WESTAR 4 over the Atlantic, bounce the signal down into the Azores, up to COMSAT 6, beam it back to SATCOM 2 transmitter number 137, and down on the dish at Barrett-Jackson… It’s almost too easy.


The Garthmobile will go on the block next week at Barrett-Jackson Milwaukee. Milwaukee has certainly had its share of visitors. The French missionaries and explorers were coming here as early as the late 1600s to trade with the Native Americans. Actually, I made that up; the car will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas. The car is listed at no reserve so who knows you might get it for a screaming good deal, thus avoiding the awkward conversation with your wife. “Will you still love me when I’m in my carbohydrate, sequined jumpsuit, young girls in white cotton-panties, waking up in a pool of your own vomit, AMC Pacer movie car owning, bloated-purple-dead-on-a-toilet phase?”

Chad is one of the founding members of Shifting Lanes. His dream is to do Shifting Lanes for a living. It might happen. Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of his butt.

About Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.

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