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In April 2019, Hal spotted an ad in Hemmings
Magazine for a '76 AMC Pacer. You might be familiar with
this car if you've ever seen the popular TV show " Wayne's
World. " There was something different about this ad
though, compared to others.
" Most of the ads in here (pointing at the magazine)
have a lot of description and embellishment. There's photos
and everything of the cars and
this one had nothing, " Hal said. " It
only had a brief text that said, " Pacer
Turbo Centaur. Stillborn show prototype. "
Hal and Jay were curious. Hal
called the owner to get some more
info. The vehicle only had 19,000
miles on it and had practically been
off the road for 40 years.
Built as a cooperative effort between AMC (American
too high. At the last minute, AMC decided to pull the
Pacer out of the competition. Even more to the company's
disappointment, the same turbo-charged engine that
made the car so unique would seal its fate. It proved
too costly and limiting when it came to federalizing the
turbocharged engine. The Pacer Centaur would never see
action on the race track.
The car would spend the next 20
I REMEMBER AS A
KID GOING TO THE
RACES. I HAD AN
INTEREST IN SPRINT
CARS. - Jay H. Coats
Motors Corporation) and Milwaukee dealership Buran
AMC, it was ahead of its time. Just the turbocharged 232
CI engine alone, among many of its modifications, gave it
an advantage over its competitors; it would never compete
though. The Pacer's competitors Ford and Chevrolet
wanted to challenge the Pacer in a claim challenge (the
winner takes ownership of the car). The stakes were still
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years in Milwaukee at the Brooks
Stevens Museum until its untimely
closure in 1998. It was then
locked away in a warehouse for the
remaining 20 years with little hope
of seeing the open road - until Hal
and Jay saw the ad.
Cosmetically, the car would need
some work including a ceramic coating. That would be the
easy part though. The hard part would be spending the
next three months undoing four decades of damage, due
to age.
The gas tank had holes in it and the rubber hoses
were all rotted. Jay and Hal said they couldn't get the
power steering rack anymore either, so they had to have
that rebuilt. "

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