Sunday, March 15, 2015

15k: Wheeler Dealered: 1975 AMC Pacer

I've always enjoyed watching episodes of the show Wheeler Dealers, and have thought that buying one of their cars would be a great experience.  Mike and Edd always seem to do a decent job fixing issues, and their profit is extremely slim, especially once you factor in the hundreds of hours of Edd's time. As luck would have it, one of the Wheeler Dealer cars is currently up for auction (and available for in person inspection in Huntington Beach, CA today from 10am-1pm).  Find this 1975 AMC Pacer currently bidding here on eBay for $7,600 with less than one day to go, and simultaneously here on eBay for $16,000 buy-it-now.


Wheeler Dealers early shows (the UK filmed/produced seasons) focused on modern classics picked up for cheap and given minor cosmetic restoration before being sold for a few hundred quid profit.  Edd "long sleeve undershirt" Chiner would spend days slaving away under the car to give Mad Mike Brewer the chance to make a few pound sterling.  Thankfully the show subsidizes their car activities, because many for profit flippers aren't as conscientious, honest or heartwarmingly British.

"Edd, it seems you've put on a few stone eating at those Vegas buffets..."  "Nope, it's just this moon jacket, and you don't exactly look like Taylor Swift yourself".

With the transition to US filming for the upcoming season (it seems the show is featured on the Velocity channel and they have a Huntington Beach studio), it seems the show has focused more on modifying the cars instead of simple restoration and the result is what you see here.


This Pacer has been fixed up, had its bumpers drawn in closer to the body, sees with aftermarket HID headlamps, is wearing Pontiac Firebird rims and is covered in a reflective 3M vinyl wrap.  It looks out of this world and ready for cruising down the Vegas Reno strip.

Is this the real life?  Is this just fantasy?

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20 comments:

  1. With well over a quarter million produced, it is indeed incredibly...rare? Okay. Still, this car is oddly appealing in a repulsive sort of way; sort of like a snake that swallowed a tennis ball.

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    Last call for the Hofmeister kink!

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  2. What the .... I had no idea Mike and Edd were taking psychotropic drugs!

    I love Wheeler Dealers, but mostly when they have a tricky repair for Edd to pull off (that Audi TT episode was a gem; if you have not seen it, I won't spoil it for you, but it just shows how valuable pure luck can be!).

    Now, a Pacer? Really? I look forward to seeing how they make the episode interesting.

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  3. I love Wheeler Dealers and I hope this Pacer is not an indication that they jumped the shark when they jumped the pond.
    I would hate for them to go the route of the terrible American car shows with contrived competition and poor sportsmanship, over the top customs, and the obligatory wife/girlfriend skank (yes, I said it).
    Wheeler Dealers has always been a notch above the U.S. shows and didn't sink to the (bleep) language and (bleeping) bad attitudes of the (bleeping) custom chop shop fare we get on our (bleeping) gear head networks.
    I'm keeping my (bleeping) fingers crossed that WD will swerve back into their old (bleeping) formula.

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    1. Even if they start doing more goofy stuff like this, I still can't see Mike and Edd yelling and carrying on like Uncle Fester on that dreadful Classic Car Rescue show..

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    2. Actually I'm not being very fair to Jackie Coogan. If he was still alive, he could do a better job than that Bernie guy on the CCR show.

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    3. Fleetwood T. BroughamMarch 16, 2015 at 9:41 AM

      Bernie seems a bit incompetent (carb cleaner seems to be his answer for any engine ailment), but it's his biz partner (can't remember his name, don't want to) that drives me crazy. Just a poor excuse for a human being. I would rather watch Stacey David pimp the entire JC Whitney catalog on Gearz than Classic Car Rescue.

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  4. Not sure if they both adopted the American food chain but i know MISTER BREWER is quite the Super Size Fellow these days. But i do love this non GMO limey import of a show.

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  5. Like the others I too hope that jumping the pond does not kill WD. But looking at the pure poundage they have packed on and the car they customized I'm sure it's now over.

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  6. Fleetwood T. BroughamMarch 15, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    It's funny how people can see the same thing and walk away with two different opinions. I look at some of the repairs they do (spray paint on a car's exterior ala Porsche 944-----sanding the hood of a convertible with the top down ala Alfa???) and think I would never want to buy one of their cars! It drives me especially crazy when Mike or Edd hop in a car, start it while cold, and then proceed rev the everloving Bejesus out of it while looking at the camera like a 4 year old riding a big wheel.

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    1. Wait. Is that bad? Heh heh.

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    2. Thing is you don't know if it had been run a few times before since shows aren't shot linearly. They are stitched together from different elements shot at differing times.

      WD is In my opinion the best car show on the tube. The cars are the stars not the c list celebrity wanna bees

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    3. Fleetwood T. BroughamMarch 15, 2015 at 1:35 PM

      It's not a bad show....I just wish it were more Edd and less Mike. I generally hit mute and/or fast forward through Mike's bits--he just brings zero to the table for an enthusiast. To Mike's credit, I think we all wish we had a mechanical savant working as an indentured servant in our garage for peanuts and taking the brunt of our boorish constant criticisms, so kudos to him for finding Edd.

      Speaking of jumping the shark, anyone caught this latest season of "What's my car worth"? It used to be one of the more enjoyable shows IMHO, but this new co-host, Josh, that they've stuck Keith Martin with is unbearable. He has to have incriminating pictures of the producers doing something illegal. They guy knows nothing about cars, and on 90% of them he just waves his hands around them and says "I'm going to give it a 2 for condition". To make matters worse, his test drives------oy vey. He takes a right turn from a stop sign in a Trans Am at 5 miles an hour and say "oh man can this baby corner!!!!".

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    4. Yeah Moik is a little on the over the top side. They could put Edd on for hours and I'd watch. Something relaxing about Edd cracking on without any drama, assisted by Paul. BTW is Paul a mute? :-)

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    5. They probably have to pay Paul more if he speaks... :-)

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    6. They actually took Paul and the other shop helper guy with them to the CA shop.

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  7. The Pacer episode aired in the UK on Monday evening. A little bird told me that you might be able to find it on the intertubes on a popular site for videos.

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  8. I live in the UK and am a big fan of the WD series. In four years I believe to have watched almost every episode. However I didn't really like their choice of car this time, and before the show was over I already knew that they were going to lose money, just like it happened before with the Renault Alpine A310 (another historical carmaking mistake).

    With many American motoring icons much more deserving Edd China's magic touch, this episode was truly a wasted opportunity.

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    1. Can anyone please tell me where the Wheeler Dealers shop is and if it is in operation as a normal daily business?

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  9. I just saw the Pacer episode. That design is ugly. The decal/skin idea was terrible. $15k for a car that sucked when it was originally released was a long shot anyway. I wish Edd would just go back to working on old European and British cars.

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