Monday, November 2, 2015

Levi's Edition: 1975 AMC Gremlin X

My plan to spend the entire day posting nothing but Kia Souls was crushed by an avalanche to hate mail, so you can drop the pitch-forks and the Kia posts will stop...for now.  Actually, I found this next feature while searching for the elusive 2010 model year Kia Soul Levis Edition, a real unicorn in the Kia Soul family, but this is a cool car too.  Find this 1975 AMC Gremlin X Levi's Edition here on eBay offered for $7,500 buy-it-now located in Lebanon, MO.

The Gremlin X was not the tenth version of the Gremlin, it was an optional trim package that combined a number of features like side tape stripes, body colored fascia, blacked out grill, bucket seats, and special wheels...but who cares about the X package, you want to see that denim interior!

Allegedly the Levi's interior wasn't cotton, but spun nylon that was dyed to look like cotton -- something about cotton being flammable was the excuse for not using the real stuff, but the stuff still looks like a used pair of jeans, complete with burnished copper rivets and red Levi's logo tags. 

See another Kia Soul we should feature for All Souls' Day?


  1. I remember first learning all my swear words in the back seat of a crap brown '74 Gremlin. Mom hated the anemic six under the hood, and the truck-like unassisted steering. For ten years, I thought it was pronounced "shet!" God bless her Kentucky upbringing. :)

    1. My ten-year-old was angry at me over a homework problem yesterday. She grabbed a Sharpie and climbed under my indoor-workbench (piece of plywood on top of two old filing cabinets) and commenced writing on the bottom of the plywood.

      "Daddy I'm going to write the F word now. I might write the S word too."

  2. I was actually looking for forward to learning about the real Kia Soul. Seems like it might make for a reliable, fun, practical commuter, no?

    1. Have a co-worker with one, a manual 2014, that she absolutely thrashes on, 2 kids, dog, yada yada yada. Looks like it's been rolled a few times with all of the er "mishaps" she's had... but after 40k she says it's not been to the dealer once outside of oil changes and the occasional mirror/door trim strip/bumper cover re-attachment. Basically she treats it like a bumper car and drives it like a rental. Every. Day.

      My personal experience is minimal, I moved it around a parking lot once. Gearbox felt like a 90's Accord (i.e. not bad), light somewhat linear clutch, moderate (for a compact) steering, etc. The thing I liked the most about it was the relatively squared-off rear hatch area. There's actually usable storage above the belt line in the rear. Wish I could say the same about my CX-5.

      Reminds me of an original Scion xB but with higher ground clearance. It feels bigger inside than it looks on the outside. Not sure if that makes any sense.

      NVH was... present but I expected much worse from a car as un-loved as that poor thing.


  3. Is that... a Demon in the background? What about the Vega/Pinto-wagon-looking thing?


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