1976 AMC Matador Barcelona
AMC Matador Barcelona. For 1976, the Matador coupe received an interesting new grille consisting of two rectangular panels filled with horizontal grille bars and rectangular park/signal lamps. An inside hood release, previously optional, became standard equipment and the seat belt interlock system departed. Oddly enough, bias-ply rubber was standard again as radial tires returned to the option list. The Brougham option, which included roll-down rear quarter windows, made its final bow for 1976.
The popular Brougham decor was still offered, but the X package was no longer available. However, buyers desiring a sportier looking coupe could order new 14x6 forged aluminum wheels, a rally stripe, bucket seats, and firmer suspension parts to make a Matador X in all but name. Engines were retained from 1975, but the twin-exhaust, four-barrel 360 V-8 was in its last year. A more economy-minded 2.87:1 rear axle ratio came with all V-8s, but the previously standard 3.15:1 cogs could still be ordered.
There was no Cassini option for the 1976 coupes, but AMC Styling came up with a new trick, the Barcelona package. Matador Brougham coupes with this package were treated to lush individual reclining seats in tan or black Knap Knit fabric, thick carpeting with matching trim for the lower door panels, black or tan color-keyed wheel covers, a stand-up hood ornament, Barcelona nameplates for the hood and decklid, special medallions on the glove box and fenders, and a red-and-yellow bodyside stripe. If the tan interior was chosen, the grille, headlamp bezels, and rear license plate cove received tan accents.
This one owner Matador comes from New Mexico. It came from a collector of AMC cars that stopped driving them around 70,000 miles. This original car comes with ALL of its documentation from day one. The interior and exterior are almost flawless. As you can see from the plates, the last year driven was 1989. We serviced the car by reconditioning the gas tank and fuel system. Will receive minor touch up on rear drivers panel.
Price - $ 11,995
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Phoenix, Arizona US
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