PACER refers to many things – In Aussie its the Valiant Pacer – released in mid 1969, a Chrysler named Valiant Pacer. A low-cost, high-power version of the bread-and-butter Valiant sedan, the Pacer featured a high-performance six-cylinder engine and three-speed manual gearbox with floor shifter. Despite a lack of exterior chrome, the VF Pacer stood out with its red and black grille, simulated-mag wheel hub caps, special body striping, ‘Pacer 225’ decals, and choice of “Wild Blue”, “Wild Red”, or “Wild Yellow” exterior colours. Although lacking the V8 of its rivals, the Pacer could reach almost 180 km/h (112 mph) and, at $2798, was $400 cheaper than the base GTS Monaro.
The Pacer was powered by a special version of the trusty 225 Slant-6. With two-barrel carburettor, high-flow exhaust system, and 9.3:1 compression ratio, it produced 175 bhp (130 kW).
Standard brakes were finned, servo-assisted drum brakes all round, although most buyers opted for the optional front discs. Modern Motor (May, 1969) took a VF Pacer sedan to 60 mph (97 km/h) in a respectable 10.5 seconds, the 1⁄4 mile (400 m) in 17.5 seconds and topped out at 111 mph (179 km/h). In 1969, Chrysler’s market share reached 13.7%. 52,944 VF Valiants were built.
In the USA the AMC Pacer is a 2-door compact car that was produced in the United States by the American Motors Corporation between 1975 and 1980. Design work began in 1971. The rounded shape and large glass area were unusual compared with the three-box designs of the era. The Pacer’s width is equal to full-sized domestic vehicles at the time, and this unique design feature was promoted by AMC as “the first wide small car.” The Pacer was the first modern mass-produced, U.S. automobile design using the cab forward concept. The Pacer’s rounded and aerodynamic “jellybean” styling has made it an icon of the 1970s. The May 1976 issue of Car and Driver dubbed it “The Flying Fishbowl”, and it was also described as “the seventies answer to George Jetson’s mode of transportation” at a time when “Detroit was still rolling out boat-sized gas guzzlers.”
Time magazine wrote that a poll by Hagerty Insurance asked enthusiasts to name the worst car design of all time: The AMC Pacer was the pathetic winner.
This novelty plate is a standard size 37cm x 13cm aluminium plate with embossed main characters. It is extremely high quality, durable and long lasting and we are proud to say that it is Australian manufactured by the same company that’s been producing and selling quality number plates for years. The ZEPHYR sign can be hung inside or outside and each is pre-drilled so ready to hang.
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