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1980 AMC Pacer Limited Wagon. All Original Survivor, Power Windows, Power Locks

Make: AMC
Model: Pacer
SubModel: Wagon
Type: Wagon
Trim: Limited
Year: 1980
Mileage: 102,000
VIN: A0A687C163006
Color: Saxon Yellow
Engine: 258 cu. in. Inline 6
Cylinders: 6
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Tan
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Edgemoor, South Carolina, United States

1980 AMC Pacer Limited Additional Info:

Up for bids is my 1980 American Motors Pacer Limited Wagon. I have owned this car since 2014, when I purchased it from an AMC collection in Bristol Tennessee. Until that time, it had sat parked under cover since 1997. 1980 was the final year model of Pacer as they were cancelled a few months after production started in late 1979 in order for AMC to have more room on the Kenosha assembly plant for the all new 4 wheel drive Eagle. Due to the short production run, a total of 404 Pacer Sedans were built (Limited and DL models combined) and approx 1400 Pacer wagons were built. Since Chrysler destroyed the individual production papers, I had to research production. After speaking to many AMC employees of years past, including line workers, I have been able to make a rough estimate of roughly 400 to 500 of those 1400 wagons were Limiteds, as they were the more expensive trim package with leather, power windows, power locks, etc. all standard on Limited Pacers. DL’s were much more common than the Limiteds as they cost less to build as well as sell, and the trend of building a car that not many people are buying, is to make it cheaper rather than more expensive.

I have the full ownership history of this vehicle.


Through some research of having the second owner’s name on registration in the glovebox, and the original dealer insignia on the bumper, “WOODS’ AMC JEEP RENAULT”, I found that this car originally belonged to Mrs. Woods, the wife of the owner of Woods’ AMC in Spencer, NC. At the time I lived only 45 minutes from the location of the original dealership and even drove the car there and took photos of the car with the vacant showroom. Anyway, though meeting the second owner, he told me he bought the car in 1992 from Dixie Jeep Eagle (Formerly Dixie AMC Jeep Renault). I was told by a friend to the family of the Woods’, that the car was ordered from AMC by Mr. Woods for his wife, she garaged it for the 12 years she owned it, and that she gave the car to her son to trade in for a new Jeep in 1992 in Statesville NC, location of Dixie Jeep Eagle. Mr. Sams, the second owner, owned the car from 1992 to 1996, and garaged it, when he sold the car due to it needing a new air conditioning compressor. He sold it to Mr. Bowers of Bristol TN in 1996 whom drove it a year before parking it and covering it due to a stuck brake caliper in 1997.

When I bought the car, it needed freshening up from sitting for so long. Unfortunately a leak had dripped on the windshield causing the windshield to leak and the drivers floor pan get some rot in it. I have had both front floor pans, and the typical rust that forms on the firewall fully repaired, and now the car is rust free.

Over the past 3 years the car has received the following:

Correct OEM size white wall tires, new OEM fuel pump, all new belts and hoses, new brake hoses, new brake master cylinder, new brake calipers, new wheel cylinders, new pads, shoes, and hardware, new HVAC fan switch, new headlights, rebuilt OEM York AC compressor and the system fully evacuated and charged with R134 refrigerant (blows ice cold air since early 2015, absolutely no leaks) and the original factory AMC AM/FM radio has been fully serviced and a AUX jack installed so not only can you use the original AM/FM radio but you can plug in your mp3 player and play whatever you want through the speakers. I have also removed the door panels and fully greased the power lock mechanisms and power window gears. I also had optional vent wing windows added to the doors when I had the rust repair done on the front floor pans and firewall in 2016.

I bought the car with 83,xxx miles and since then I have put 19,000 miles on it, driving it on long trips, including from Charlotte NC to Cleveland OH in the middle of July 2015 for the AMO International show where the car won junior bronze. On that trip, I as well as the car, stayed cool as can be with the ice cold AC, and achieved 22-24mpg.

With it being the Limited trim, this car was the most expensive Pacer or AMC you could buy in 1980, with it being equipped with the following, all options work unless noted:

Power front disc brakes,

power rack and pinion steering (works great but needs leak repaired),

OEM AMC AM/FM stereo now with AUX port,

Weather Eye heat and Air Conditioning,

power windows,

power locks,

tilt steering wheel,

cruise control (needs repair),

intermittent windshield wipers,

windshield washer,

under hood light,

door vent wing windows,

remote driver and passenger side mirrors,

Ventshade rain brows over the door windows

passengers visor lighted vanity mirror,

bumper guards and bumper nerf strips,

wood grain paneling,

18 oz deep cut pile carpeting and

genuine leather seats.

The car was originally equipped with chrome spoke wheel covers that it does not currently wear but I will include the original set.

*NONE* of the glass is cracked!

The car wears its original paint and interior. The passengers door panel was autographed by AMC designer Vincent Geraci at the 2015 AMO show. If this is not what you would like, it can be removed with simple green. However, Vince did design the Pacer interior and the updated better door panel design that was used starting in 1979. The original carpet both in the front of the cabin and in the cargo area is in very nice condition with no fading or deterioration, however the cabin carpet is currently out due to the leak in the bottom of the windshield not have been repaired yet. The trim for the windshield is with the car but not currently on it, same goes for the woodgrain trim on the tailgate hatch. The drivers seat needs new leather as shown in the photos. The car does have some smoke on startup but runs very smoothly and clears up.

I have a plethora of spare Pacer parts that can go with the vehicle. I have both the early generation smooth hood and the later bump nose hood, one extra door from either side, extra interior and exterior trim, extra door panels, extra dash pads (previous owner used finish interior screws on the dashpad to hold it in place), extra radios, extra speedometer, extra wiper parts, valve cover, clocks, extra door glass and vent wing setups, new woodgrain vinyl, extra fuel tank, front bumper, boxes and boxes of parts. None of the parts have rust/rot.They will all go with the car at no additional cost if the car brings $5500 or more.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. This is the perfect opportunity for someone to have one of the rarest Pacers ever built. When youre driving, you can be certain at any moment you are likely the only 1980 Pacer Limited Wagon on the road! Only a handful of examples still exist. Thanks for looking and good luck!