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1974 Matador Coupe Registry List
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Special thanks to Wes and Donna Peppers for the loan of their 1974 AMC Product Information Book.
My Dad, who was an AMC Service Manager in the 60's and early 70's, sent me this tip on defeating the troublesome 1974 seat belt interlock system:

"As far as I can remeber, at the interlock relay under the hood, remove the pink wire from the relay and cut it off as close to the harness as you can. Discard it. Take the yellow wire with the black tracer out of the relay and put it where the pink wire was."

If anyone has corrections to this, let me know.

UPDATED June 2005 - 1974 registries to date
OWNER CURRENT
EQUIPMENT
VEHICLE
CODES
OPTIONS
1974
Marc
Shedd, OR
258 6 cyl, 3 spd column shift
non-posi rear
base trim
A1 Snow white, P1 Black insert on hood, blue interior
217,567 miles
A4A167A VIN, Trim: 433Q, Paint: A1, Body: 020851, Model: 7416-7, Production: W 020640 PS, tilt, 3 spoke wheel, rolldown rear windows, rear fan, Light Group, Body Protection Group, AM/FM, cloth buckets, in-dash clock, non-factory wheels.
Marc says, "The car has a Clifford Intake and Exhaust, Holly 350CFM Four barrel, Chevy intake and exhaust valves, custom AMC centercaps for the Shelby500 dish mags. It's under restoration right now, will have the Levi's interior."

Brian S.
MA
304 2bbl, auto
standard diff.
Red, white stripe, white vinyl roof; black interior
84,000
no code info given AC, PS, PB, cruise, CD player, aftermarket wheels/tires
Brian recently bought this car. The original owner said of the car, "CD Player (I have the orginal radio), a real standout car, ONLY 84K miles. ORIGINAL OWNER & orginal parts. Garage kept for 20 years. Passed inspection one year ago this month. Brand new white landau roof - New BF Goodrich racing tires (have original hubcaps). Wide tires in the back. Under 2000 miles wear. New chrome American Racing rims also. - Brand new brakes, brake cylinders, gas pump, radiator, carburetor, new hoses, 2 6.25 inch 3-Way sony explod speakers on each door. Get in and drive away condition. Needs some body work. - Includes CD Player and Speakers - The four original tires and rims will be included in the price."

Ettore
734 944 0924
Saline, Michigan
304 2bbl, floor shift auto
non-posi
Matador X
White with black X stripe, black interior, vinyl top
82K miles
A4C168H163985 VIN PS, PB, 3 spoke steering wheel, rolldown quarter windows, rear defroster fan, styled road wheels, AM, vinyl buckets
Ettore bought the car at Campus AMC in Ann Arbor, MI. "This Matador was restored completely in 2001 including new upholsted bucket seats (with original material) and carpeting, new Black Vinyl roof. Rechromed front and rear bumper, new carb, new distributor, new power brake master cylinder and booster, new ball joints, new rotors and calipers, new rear wheel cylinders, new shocks, new tires, new paint, new front windshield, new radiator, new exhaust. Used parts from 3 different Matadors. Doors, Trunk lid, Hood, Right front fender and Passenger Door. NOS Left front fender and NOS Drivers side rear quarter panel.Took about 2 years off and on to do this gal. My son owns a body shop and he did all the body work and I did the mechanials. I actually had bought a set of Black NOS stripes for it from the dealer back in 1977, and kept them all these years and they were put on after we did the restoration. Unfortunately, I didnt realize until after the stripes were put on that they were narrower than the originals. They must have been for a 75 Matador X. They still look good but you can see the difference in the width. Being in Michigan, I only drive it in the summer and have taken it to a few car shows and get a lot of questions about what is a Matador? I call her Betsy and she looks as good as she did when I bought her in 1977." It's now for sale - $6950 obo.

Clay Sheppard
541-563-6032
Waldport, OR
258 6cyl, column shift auto
non-posi rear
Oleg Cassini
Copper, vinyl roof
76K+ miles
A4A169A VIN, Trim: 431N, Paint: F9, Body: 109947, Model: 7416-9, Production: W103887 PS, PB, AC, tilt
Clay says, "Light body work needed Driver-side front fender. A/C blows cold. Rebuilt carb and new rad hoses. New headliner. One rust through on rear quarter panel. Definitely restorable. Runs good, driven daily. Original Cassini Hubcaps. Carpet needs replaced but seats in good shape. Arm rest off passenger side door. Intermittent wipers and cigarette lighter work perfectly." It's for sale, $1500 OBO.

SOLD! 360 4 bbl, console shift auto
non-posi rear
Brougham
Cream & maroon, vinyl roof removed, painted cream; brown interior
89,500 miles
A4C169P VIN; E6 paint PS, PB, AC, rear sway, console, rolldown quarter windows, rear defogger fan, Light group, AMC hubcaps, vinyl buckets, factory dual exhaust
Dave says, "The car is complete and mostly original with all trim intact. There is a little rust in the lower part of the fenders behind the wheels but the floors and trunk seem sound. The car starts and runs well, but needs a new fuel line and most of the brake lines replaced to be driveable (it can be driven, but not safely. 1 brake circuit still works.) The interior is excellent; there is one small tear in the side of the driver's seat and a wear spot on the carpet, but everything else is fine including the headliner. The engine was professionally rebuilt after a crankshaft failure in 1988 and needs a waterpump (noisy, not leaking) the AC is complete, has pressure, and blows a little cold (can be easily converted to R-134A). I obtained this car from the original owner and have all the sales paperwork from the dealer. This car would be an excellent project for someone who is willing to do minor bodywork and some mechanics and has more time than I do! The only body part that would need replacement is the rear bumper, which is rusty." The car has been sold.

Todd Tischer
St. Cloud MN
(320) 654-0068 after 6 p.m.
304, column shift auto
non-posi rear
Matador X
Sienna orange/white stripe, black interior
26,700 miles
A4A168H VIN PS, 3 spoke steering wheel, rolldown quarter windows, styled road wheels, AM
Todd says, "Bought car from original owner. Drivers seat has one tear on seat about 10" long. Driver door has minor dent in middle. Also has Minnesota rust but is restorable. Have gone through brakes and carb. Car runs and drives well. Tires have less than 2,000 miles. Car was stored for about 6 years and driven very little for the last 10 years before that. Have performed numerous maintenance items that needed to be done due to lack of driving the vehicle." $1800 OBO - SOLD

Mike Bauer
Tomah, WI
304 2bbl, column shift auto
non-posi rear
Brougham
currently tri-tone gold, tan interior, half vinyl roof
111K miles
A4A167H VIN; 436E trim; F8 paint; 087001 body; 7416-7 model; W088054 production PS, AC, rolldown quarter windows, rear defogger fan
Mike says, "This car is custom. It has been lowered, has American racing wheels, and has a roll pan front bumper."

Larry W Haas
La Cygne,KS
913-898-3090 evenings
304 2bbl, column shift auto
non-posi rear
standard trim
F8 golden tan, tan interior
453,382 (!)
A4A167H386250 VIN; 436L trim; F8 paint; 089309 body; 7416-7 model; W089545 production PS, cruise, tilt, rolldown quarter windows, AM, vinyl individual reclining seats, AMC hubcaps
Purchased from Thompson-Hoffman AMC (where my Dad worked for years - ed.) Larry says, "Driven daily from 1974 to 1999. Body a 2 after 25 years of snow, sand and salt. Interior an 8 except drivers seat. Headliner and sun visors excellent. Have owners manual, service manual, orginal brochures, and window sticker. Too bad to restore, too good to crush." $200

Steve & Mary Williams
TX
304 2bbl/console shift auto
standard diff.
Matador X
Snow White, gold X stripe; two-tone tan interior
76,104 miles
no code info supplied PS, PB, AC, cruise, rolldown rear windows, styled road wheels, AM/FM, vinyl buckets
Steve & Mary say, "This is one of the few we have seen that is near perfection. The engine compartment has never been redone orther than kept clean. Has been shown at two AMO National Conventions and done very well for a stock car. Exterior paint and interior were redone 6 years ago (all numbers matched) no clear coat. Very impressive automobile." The car was purchased in California.

John
FL
360 4 bbl, column shift auto
non-posi rear
Oleg Cassini
White, vinyl top, Cassini interior
123K miles
A4A169P VIN; 451-N trim; G7 paint; 125392 body; 7416-9 model; W126132 production PS, PB, AC, cruise, tilt, 3 spoke steering wheel, front/rear sway, rolldown quarter windows, rear defogger fan, Visibility group, Light group, Body Protection group, Cassini hubcaps, AM/FM
John says, "Bought the car from Nathan (who posted it on this site). It's a beautiful car, not much to make it perfect. Very clean straight car wih only minor rust on the very trailing edge of the deck lid. All chrome is good and complete. vinyl top is starting to get fine age/heat cracks,but no rust under it and no tears. All glass is perfect.Definitely not a diamond in the rough,jut a jewel that needs very little polishing!"

Randy Tomei
Denver, CO
303-561-4816
401, column shift auto
Twin Grip
Oleg Cassini
Black, Cassini interior, vinyl top
36K miles
A4A169Z137810 VIN; 431N trim; P1 paint; 012967 body; 7416-9 model; W01318D production PS, PB, cruise, tilt, front/rear sway, rolldown quarter windows, heated rear glass, Visibility group, Light group, Body Protection group, AM/FM
Randy says, "I got the car from my brother some time in the 90's. I drove it for about 5 years, and it's been sitting in the back yard for 5 more years not doing it any good. The car smoked on start-up but ran real strong." It's for sale - make him an offer.

Nathan Smathers
Apopka, FL
407-464-1057 after 6 p.m.
360 4 bbl, column shift auto
non-posi rear
Oleg Cassini
White, vinyl top, Cassini interior
118K miles
A4A169P VIN; 451-N trim; G7 paint; 125392 body; 7416-9 model; W126132 production PS, PB, AC, cruise, tilt, front/rear sway, rolldown quarter windows, rear defogger fan, Visibility group, Light group, Body Protection group, Cassini hubcaps, AM/FM
Nathan says, "Very clean straight car wih only minor rust on the very trailing edge of the deck lid. All chrome is good and complete. vinyl top is starting to get fine age/heat cracks,but no rust under it and no tears. All glass is perfect.Definitely not a diamnd in the rough,jut a jewel that needs very little polishing!"

John Richards
Portland OR
304 2bbl
Brougham
green/green
72,000 miles
no code info sent PS, AC, heated rear glass, full vinyl top
John got it from his parents who purchased it from an auto rental agency in 1974. He says, "It looks pretty worn, but it runs real nice. It has a real strong engine. It needs a new paint job, some upholstery work, a new water pump and brake job. I intend to restore it a little at a time. I am going to school right now so it might take a while. This is the car the family had when I was a kid. My parents have parked it for most of the last 15 years. If anybody has any tips on what to watch out for on Mataodors that have been parked for long periods, I would appreciate any tips. Thanks." (ed. note: For what to look out for on long-stored vehicles, go to www.matadorcoupe.com/tips.htm for some good basic maintenance items.)

Andrew Spencer
Deerhunt4440@aol.com
740-927-4775
Johnstown, OH
304 2bbl, auto
non-posi rear
Brougham
Black, full vinyl top, black cloth interior
68K miles
no code info given PS, PB, AC, cruise, tilt, rolldown quarter windows, styled road wheels, AM/FM, Body Protection group, cloth seats
Andrew says, "This car is very restorable, but would also be a great parts car." $900 OBO.

Daniel Galyean
Dobson, NC
dgalyean@surry.net
304 V8, console shift auto
non-posi
Matador X
Red, white stripe, white and black interior
100,856 miles
A4C168H VIN PS, PB, AC, 3 spoke steering wheel, roll-down quarter windows, silver slot style wheels, AM/FM, vinyl buckets
Daniel says, "It's not a jewel, not a piece of ------, just ugly."

Bob Mangus
Odon, IN
812-636-7717
mdesigns@dmrtc.net
304 V8
non-posi rear
Brougham
Black, tan interior, vinyl top removed
54,200 miles
no code info sent PS, AC, Body Protection group, AM/FM, standard wheels with AMC hubcaps
Bob says, "Was owned by an elderly couple, who did not drive it much over the last 28 years. Body is in very good condition, with minor rust on lower portions, very minor dings and scratches, which are being taken care of. Fresh low-gloss paint, spare tire, jack, Front bumper good, Rear bumper is really bad, and will come off. Mild customization.

Engine is excellent, clean, and ready to travel anywhere. No hesitations, idles great, transmission shifts like new, interior in great shape with exception of minor rips in front seats. Headliner, panels, dash, guages, rear seats, rear panel, all in excellent condition. Glass is excellent, no cracks or dings, Chrome in excellent condition, badging in very nice condition. windows up and down nicely, tight doors, good brakes, new exhaust. Frame is in nice solid condition, weatherstripping nice, heat is good. Body is pretty solid. No leaks or squeeks. Tires are good, recent balance and rotation.

This is a very nice, near original condition auto. Original rims and hubcaps included. Brougham package, vinyl top has been removed. Excellent car for the money, in very good condition overall, ready to drive anywhere, and will surely last for many more years as is. Easy restore back to original, or continue customization. Your choice. Nice cruising machine, has a nice, mellow, throaty sound, and is fun to drive." It's for sale, $1900 OBO.


Frank S Sauer
Key Largo FL
305-453-9470
Psegerer@aol.com
360 2bbl, column shift auto
non-posi rear
Brougham
Bronze, white full vinyl top, beige interior
80K miles
A4A169N458089 VIN PS, PB, AC, tilt, rolldown quarter windows, AM/FM/8T, standard wheels with AMC hubcaps
Frank says, "Car runs well, a little rust on left rear side, parked in my garage, for sale - $1000"

Ramiro
NM
360 2bbl, column shift auto
non-posi rear
Oleg Cassini
White, black vinyl roof, black/copper Cassini interior
MILEAGE
A4A169N PS, PB, AC, tilt, Light group, Body Protection group, rolldown quarter windows, headers, non-factory wheels and radio
The car was a gift from his big brother after he got fed up with not being able to find parts. Ramiro says, "It needs some restoration but it's a jewel to me. I put custom rims and tires rear-r275/60r15, front-p215/60r14. The car was purchased by older brother, then given to my other brother, then given to me after many years of pestering to give it to me. He was letting it go to waste. Now I'm going to restore it. Needs rear window and a few odds and ends, and to some body work."

John de la Cretaz
East Coast
304 2bbl, floor shift auto
non-posi rear
Matador X
Daisy Yellow, black side stripes, black vinyl interior
231K miles
A4C168H VIN; 4310 trim; F4 paint; 030193 body; 7416-8 model; W030157 production PS, PB, AC, rear sway bar, 3 spoke steering wheel, rolldown quarter windows, rear defogger fan, Visibility group, Light group, Body protection group, silver slot style wheels, AM/FM dealer installed
John is the original owner. The car was purchased at Johnnies Motors, W. Caldwell, NJ, Dealer#38-1055, Zone Order# 38-T04249. John says, "It's my baby. I drove it as a daily local driver until about 2 years ago. Now the "Yellowbird", as my mechanic calls it, is in semi retirement but we do get out to play fairly often. The drive line is rebuilt and almost everything works, A/C included. The only thing that doesn't work is the inside hood release. The cable broke years ago so I use a piece of 1x2 thru the grille. The engine, carb, trans, and rear are all the original factory housings. The points/condenser ignition was upgraded to the Ford blue dot used in 78/79(?)"

Lance and John Sherwood
Washington
LanceSherwood@hotmail.com
360 4 bbl; floor shift auto
non-posi rear
Matador X
White, green interior
125K miles
A4C168P VIN; 4540 trim; G7 paint; 125569 body; 7416-8 model; 1126360 production PS, PB, AC, tilt, 3-spoke steering wheel, rear sway bar, roll-down quarter windows, rear window defogger, Visibility group, Light group, AM/FM, styled road wheels, sunroof (non-factory)
"Family and neighbors, co-workers hate it and constantly suggest I crush it. I remember a red 401 coupe from my youth and am determined to save it. I saved it from a dismantler in 1990. My son has got me going on it now. Sunroof I don't think is factory I would appreciate some insight on this. The work is sanitary but who did it?"

Earl
New Mexico
304 2bbl, column shift auto
non-posi rear
Currently Red with black interior
64,400 miles
A4A167H VIN AC
Earl says, "I talked to the mechanic who worked on the car for the original owners, he assured me that the cars 64k miles are original. I'm painting it metallic blue, putting on a dual exhaust and maybe headers. How much horsepower can one get out of one of these 304's?" Actually, you can get quite a bit out of a 304, if you pick the right combination. A good cam would be a first choice, followed by better intake, more carb, and good exhaust. The 304 produces a good bit of torque, too.

Ted Marshall
Margate, FL
tmarsh22@bellsouth.net
originally a 304/column shift; now a 401 with heavy duty 727 trans
non-posi
Currently in PPG black primer
A4A169H VIN PS, PB, AC, tilt, front/rear sway bars, fiberglass custom hood cowl induction, ground effects and wing he custom built from scratch (fiberglass), hand built billet grille, filled gas door/shaved handles, Corvette tail lights, Air Ride adjustable suspension, custom two tone dark and light gray tweed interior with an overhead console and more.
The car was built with pieces from 3 separate Coupes from Chicago, Georgia and Florida, and has been a 7 year project. As for the custom body pieces, Ted says, "I made a mold for the hood. The ground effects are shaped from foam covered with fiberglass and body worked to finish, since I had no budget for molds. May be when it is done if I find an interest in them, molds might be made. I'm trying real hard to finish the car for Kenosha in July 2002."

Scott Ankeney
Xenia, Ohio
360 2bbl, column shift auto
non-posi rear
Oleg Cassini
White, vinyl top, black Cassini interior
155,459 miles
A4A169N VIN, 431N trim, A1 paint, 056617 body, 7416-9 model, W056590 production PS, PB, AC, rolldown quarter windows, Visibility group, Light group, Body Protection group, AM, American Racing slotted aluminum wheels, custom dual exhaust
Scott bought the car from a member of OAMC Classics car club. He says, "The car was in rather sad condition when I got it but at least it didn't go to the crusher. I'm gradually replacing all the usual rust spots and going thru the suspension. Though it has a lot of miles it still runs great and I can enjoy driving the car a bit before doing a thorough drivetrain rebuild. I also removed (and carefully stored) all the chrome side trim and will likely change from white paint to midnight blue. The vinyl top was completely shot and since I took off the trim I won't replace it. I would also like to have the rear sway bar and twin-grip differential. Go AMC!"

Joseph R. Giroux Jr.
Hesperia, MI
231-854-3521 after 5:30 p.m. or weekends
304 2bbl, column shift auto
non-posi rear
Matador X
Green/black stripe, black interior
54K miles
A4A168H VIN, 431L trim, G5 paint, 010577 body, 7416-8 model PS, 3 spoke steering wheel, Visibility Group, Light Group, rolldown quarter windows, AM, cloth individual reclining seats
Joseph's father-in-law bought it for him from a local salvage yard. Joseph says, "At first sight you think holy crap is it even worth fixing.The vinyl top is torn and faded, there is mold on the sunvisors, mice have a home in the breather and there are rust holes in front of the rear wheels. However looking closer, the doors shut easily and solid and they don't sag from worn door pins. No keys yet, I just got it on March 30, 2002, so I don't know if it runs or what the trunk looks like but I do have high hopes for this car." UPDATE 6/5/03 - for sale, $300.

Rune
Norway
360 floor shift automatic
non-posi
Matador X
Red exterior - repaint
no code information sent PS, PB, cruise, rolldown quarter windows, AM/FM/8T, vinyl top
No comments sent.

Randy
Georgia
360 2bbl, column shift automatic
non-posi
Oleg Cassini
Copper/Copper vinyl, black interior
78,950
436K trim; F9 paint; 7416-9 model; 186384 production PS, PB, AC, tilt, sport steering wheel, rolldown quarter windows, AM/FM
Randy says it is currently undergoing full restoration.

Ron Mooneyham
Poteau, OK
(918) 647-2058
telannigan@alltel.net
360, column shift automatic
non-posi
Oleg Cassini
Metallic green repaint, original black interior
no code info sent PS, PB, AC, sport steering wheel, rolldown quarter windows, Visibility group, Light group, Body Protection group, aftermarket wheels, no radio
Ron says, "Coupe can be restored to factory condition by an enthusiast. Minor damage to front roll pan under front bumper. Radiator gone. Engine is complete, otherwise. Been sitting for about 2yrs. All glass is intact. Radio? gone. Rear bumper gone. No factory wheels. Interior black cloth, no rips, faded some. Will sell parts, negotiate on price." Asking $2500.

David P. Trott
Ontario, CA
(909) 986-2318
360 2bbl, console shift auto
Matador X
White, black interior
105K miles
A4C166N VIN; 436 trim; A1 paint; 028435 body; 7416-8 model PS, PB, AC, tilt, 3 spoke sport wheel, roll-down quarter windows, Visibility group, Light group, Body Protection group, silver slot style wheels, vinyl bucket seats, aftermarket radio
David says, "Grandfather was the original owner, and I am the second. It is in okay shape."

Charles
CA
RodeoGirl15@hotmail.com
360 engine modified
Standard trim
Silver, black interior
no code info sent PS, PB, 3 spoke sport wheel, rolldown quarter windows, AM/FM
Charles says, "I am selling the engine and transmission to a 1974 Matador Coupe. It is 360 V8 Bored .030 over, RV Cam, port and polished intake and heads, balanced, and the trasmission is 727 Torque command. Has $4500 worth of parts, complete engine. Best offer."

Mark Stayton, Glenn Allen
Frederica, DE
302/335-0766
markp@uscom.com
304 2bbl/console shift auto
Standard diff.
Matador X
Orange/Black interior
100K+
A4C168H VIN; 4310 trim; D7 paint; 079667 body; 7416-8 model; WO79540 production PS, PB, front/rear sway bars, rolldown quarter windows, AM/FM, cloth buckets, styled road wheels, rear window fan defogger
Bought it out of someone's yard.

Cory
Canada
360 2bbl, console shift
Twin Grip
Black, brown interior
100,000
no code info sent PS, PB, rolldown quarter windows, heated rear glass, forged aluminum wheels, AM/FM, cloth buckets
Cory says, "When I bought my Matador from my brother it had been sitting in my parents pasture for about ten years, and it hadn't been started for at least five years . After changing the oil and cleaning it all out, the only mechanical thing I had to do to get it going was put knew brushes in the starter. Not bad."

William
PA
Mopar 440/727 Torqueflite
Twin Grip
Base model
Bronze/tan interior
37,684 miles
A4A167H VIN; 7C paint; originally 304 2bbl/column shift auto PS, PB, rolldown quarter windows; individual reclining vinyl seats; non-stock wheels and radio
William says, "My Matador is currently being restored and being modified for drag racing. It now has a 440-4barrel and 727 tranny with 780hp on a dyno so I'm hoping to get a strong 11.50 or 12.00 et. The restoration will be complete in March of 2002. When the car is finished I will send you pictures. The engine swap was done with no major body modification but one problem was getting headers to fit without using fenderwell headers, but I got a set to work without cutting my body up. THANKS for showing as much interest in Matadors as I do."

Jack A. Frost
Yuma, AZ
frostja@earthlink.net
304 2bbl/904 auto, console shift
Twin Grip
Matador X
Red, white X stripe/black interior
31,000
A4C168H VIN; 081273 body; 7416-8 model; 4310 trim; D7 paint PS, PB, AC, rear sway bar; silver slot style wheels; AM/FM; vinyl buckets; AC was dealer-installed.
Jack says, "This car is an exact duplicate of the one I purchased from my parents when I joined the Navy in 1977 and foolishly traded for a Olds diesel in 1982. I've been kicking myself in the butt ever since and actively looking for another for about five years, when I surfed into your web site and found it for sale."

Sedell
Littlefield, TX
806-385-4061 or 638-4143; before 9 p.m.
carol_black@hotmail.com
360 2bbl/column shift auto
standard diff.
Standard trim
Bronze, tan vinly top, tan interior
77,600 miles
A4A167N219404 VIN PS, PB, AC, tilt, cruise, rolldown quarter windows, standard wheels with AMC hubcaps, AM, individual reclining cloth seats
Sedell says, "It's exceptionally clean, always been garaged when not in use. Absolutely rust free. Interior looks like new!! The hubcaps that you see in the picture are for a 1963 Chevrolet Super Sport. I have the original hub caps for the Matador in the trunk." It's for sale, $3700 OBO.

Jay
jadvik@excite.com
360 2bbl, floor shift auto
Matador X
Red/white stripe, white interior
59,766 miles
A4C168N VIN PS, PB, tilt, console, forged aluminum wheels, AM, bucket seats
Purchased and shipped from Walla Walla, Washington. Jay says, "It is a jewel. Everything is origional. The only thing that needs replacing is the rear bumper and the automatic T-shift handle. Then it will be showroom complete."

Charles
NAS Lemoore, CA
RodeoGirl15@hotmail.com
360
standard diff.
Silver, black vinyl interior
mileage not given
no code info given PS, AC, AM/FM, roll-down rear windows, buckets
No comments given

Jerry Brouwer
Ripon, CA
modestomatador@yahoo.com
304 2bbl, column shift automatic
standard diff.
Brougham trim
Tan, Tan interior
139,555 miles
A4A169H VIN; 068391 body; 7416-9 model; 436Q trim; E6 paint PS, AC, roll-down quarter windows, front sway bar, AM radio, bumper strips, standard wheels with AMC hubcaps, bucket seats
Jerry says, "This car has been in the family for 26 years. My parents bought the car on December 30, 1974, from Modesto Auto and Trailer Brokers for $3,143.00. It had been a Hertz rental car prior to their purchase. This car was my only mode of transportation for many years (1977-1996): it has made several trips from CA to Michigan, one trip from Michigan to New York, one trip from Michigan to Florida, and one trip from Michigan to New Orleans. Currently the car is stored in my parent's garage. The engine and transmission are fine. It needs body work, paint, and new upholstery on all the seats. This is a future project car. Or perhaps I will find one just like it in better shape and have "before" and "after" cars to take to local car shows."

Jerry Brouwer
Ripon, CA
modestomatador@yahoo.com
360 2bbl, column shift automatic
standard diff.
Brougham trim
White, green vinyl top, green interior
129,700 miles
A4A169N VIN; 059427 body; 7416-9 model; 434K trim; A1 paint PS, PB, AC, front sway bar, AM/FM, bumper strips, Magnum 500 style wheels, individual reclining seats, opera style quarter windows, dual exhaust (non-factory)
Jerry says, "I have recently purchased this car in Modesto. I think it's a great car. It is in very good shape (compared to my other '74 Matador, which I will register later when I get the numbers from the door). Body was repainted by previous owner, although it could use a new paint job due to various rock chips and scratches- but over all the paint is in good shape. Previous owner kept the car in his garage. The vinyl roof was replaced by the previous owner. The previous owner bought the car in 1980 from the Modesto, CA Chrysler dealer who had taken it as a trade in."

Lance Waldrop
Virginia
waldroplg@hotmail.com
304 2bbl, column shift automatic
standard differential
Oleg Cassini
White/copper exterior, black/copper interior
84,235 miles
A4A169H VIN PS, PB, AC, cruise, front sway, rolldown rear windows, bumper strips, AM/FM, standard wheels with Cassini hubcaps, cloth individual reclining seats
Lance says, "Car in very good original condition. All options- AC, cruise, AM/FM still work perfectly."

Steve Green
Yonkers, NY
AMCcarguy@aol.com
401, column shift auto
Cassini trim
original white paint with beige vinyl top
A4A169Z VIN PS, PB, AC, tilt, cruise, front/rear sway, AM/FM, bumper strips, black/copper Oleg Cassini interior, individual reclining seats, factory load-leveling adjustable rear air suspension
Steve has already registered several great Coupes. He says, "This is one of the rarest of my 7 Matador Coupes, in fairly good condition and a very strong runner. This truly is a rare example of a first year Cassini Coupe with the 401 V-8 and the factory air suspension. As a California car originally, then moved to New Mexico (now New York), it's rust free and ready for a detailing, which I'll do this year."

Jeff Grandt
Madison, WI
jeffg@msn.econoprint.com
232 1 barrel 6 cyl., 3 spd manual column shift
standard differential
Brougham
Black, blue interior
65,145 actual miles
A4S169E VIN, 041849 body code, 7416-9 model code, 433S trim code, P1 paint code AM radio, rolldown rear windows, standard wheels with AMC hubcaps, cloth seats
Jeff says, "This is an amazing car! I am the 2nd owner, and I purchased this car back in 1996 with only 13,000 original miles on it! Since then, it has been my only vehicle, and I have taken good care of it. Near mint, almost all original, very clean, looks and runs great. Not many options, but I do have some original AMC/ Matador paraphernalia, including a 1974 Technical Manual, an original 1974 AMC brochure, and an original working AMC AM/FM radio." The car is for sale, he is asking $3500 OBO.

Rob Carson
Pennsylvania
MatadorX@webtv.net
360 4 barrel, 3 spd auto floor shift
standard differential
Matador X
Sienna orange, tan interior
108,000 miles
no code info given PS, PB, AC, front/rear sway bars, rolldown rear windows, console, bumper strips, silver slot wheels, AM/FM, full vinyl top, vinyl bucket seats
Rob says, "This car was purchased in 1997 while I was still living in NYC. I paid $600 for it and drove it to Pittsburgh without any problems (except an oil leak that demanded a quart every 100 miles). I have had it stored since that time and it will either be restored or turned into a "Mad Max" style show car. Until I finish my current project, the jury is still out."

Brian Dyba
DybAMX@msn.com
360 2 barrel, 3 spd column shift
Standard differential
Oleg Cassini
White, copper roof, black Cassini interior
A4A169N VIN PS, PB, AC, cruise, front sway bar, rolldown quarter windows, AM/FM, full vinyl top, standard wheels with Cassini hubcaps
Brian bought the car at an abandoned vehicle auction. He says, "This car has been junked. I bought it in 1990 (has it been that long ago?) and thought I could help with the registry. I tried to sell or trade the car as I only wanted the engine and trans for my AMX. There was no response from any of the clubs that I contacted at the time and I did not need another car. It was in very restorable shape and I think it only had 38000 original miles on it. I think the info I gave about the windows, cruise and radio is accurate. The rest I am sure of."

Robert Reinhart
Jefferson, PA
reinhartrobert@hotmail.com
304 2bbl, column shift auto
Twin Grip rear
Oleg Cassini trim
White, orange vinyl; black interior
62K miles
A4A169H V.I.N. PS, PB, AC, front/rear sway bars, AM, rolldown quarter windows, bumper strips, cloth reclining seats
Robert says it's in real good shape, never smoked in, owned by a lady who obviously didn't drive it much. It's for sale - best offer takes it!

Jon Moore
Pilot Hill, CA
jmoore@el.nec.com
304 2bbl, column shift auto
Brougham trim
Blue ext., Black/White interior
86K miles
A4A167H V.I.N. PS, AC, cruise, rolldown rear windows, bumper strips, standard wheels with AMC hubcaps, AM, reclining vinyl seats
Jon says, "This thing is a jewel. I don't even collect AMC's , I collect Mopars, but this car was so clean, I fell in love with it...and bought it." It might be for sale, contact Jon.

Ken Mustunis
Dearborn Heights, MI
tigershock@mediaone.net
304 2bbl, column shift
Brougham trim
Sienna orange, cinnamon interior
77K miles
A4A169H V.I.N., M032397 body code, 7516-7 model code, 556-F trim code, G6 paint code PS, tilt, front sway bar, rolldown quarter windows, bumper strips, AM, Cloth reclining seats, standard wheels w/AMC hubcaps
Ken bought the car in Illinois in November, 2000

Bill Dettman
South Bend, IN
javelinman@hotmail.com
304 2bbl, auto
Blue w/Black stripe, Matador X trim, black interior
67K original miles
A4C168H, F6 paint code PS, PB, tilt, console, roll-down quarter windows, front sway bar, new radio, styled road wheels, vinyl buckets
Bill says, "This is my second Coupe. This gem has been sitting in storage since 1979, not plated since '82 and was indoors. I bought it the end of March of 2001. I intend to clean it up, re-paint it original, tune the 304, retain it after replacing it with a tweaked and balanced 401 (already have engine with some machine work already done). This car is basically untouched since the late '70's, and will require much attention to get back on the road. GO HERE FOR MORE INFO AND UPDATES"

Brandon
patken70@bellsouth.net
258 6 cyl. auto
Two-tone ext., brown int.
67K original miles
A code column automatic, A code 258 6 cyl., 436F trim code, F9 paint code, 7416-7M model PS, PB, AC, roll-down quarter windows, front sway bar, AM, vinyl top, std. wheels with AMC hubcaps
Rescued from a junkyard. Brandon says, "My grandson purchased this as his first car. It does run but needs work. I am trying to find information about this car."

Adam Martineau
New Bedford, MA
508/997-5329 (after 6 pm EST)
ASKM98@aol.com
304 auto
Red, white X stripe, black interior
59K original miles
A code column automatic, H code 304 V8 2 bbl. PS, PB (disc front), Matador X trim, roll-down quarter windows, front/rear sway bars, AM/FM, bench front seat
Adam says, "I found it ina boneyard on original F70-14 polyglass tires. Interior is excellent, body good - has some minor rust, dings, overall excellent."

Robin Wright
Spartanburg, SC
fomoco@home.com
360, 727 auto
Sienna orange with black X stripes, black interior
85,997 miles
C code floor console automatic, P code 360 4 bbl. Matador X trim, PS, PB (disc front), roll-down quarter windows, bumper strips, AM/FM, bucket seats
Robin says, "Very nice, runs great, transmission is good, AC not working." It's for sale, $3500 OBO.

Patrick Corsi
El Paso, TX
pacapparel@yahoo.com
258 6 cyl.
Brown, black vinyl top, brown interior
80K miles
A code column automatic, A code 258 6 cyl. PS, disc front brakes, Brougham trim, roll-down quarter windows, bumper strips, AM, individual reclining seats
Patrick says, "I still drive it evey day. Needs new paint, transmission work, and a little engine clean up." It's for sale, $1000 OBO.

Douglas Abrahams
Two Wells, South Australia
Phone: 08-85202979 (call evenings in Australia)
twiddle@bluep.com
360 4bbl, 727
Twin Grip
Matador X trim, Green iridescent, black/green velour cloth interior
PS, PB (disc front), AC, tilt, front/rear sway bars, console, roll-down quarter windows, bumper strips, AM
Doug's stepson Mark Scriven first alerted me to this cool right hand drive car. Doug says: "The motor is a rebuilt 360 with flat top high compression pistons, 1971 heads, 401 camshaft, Performer manifold, Mallory twin point distributor, Holley 750 vacuum secondary carb, enlarged 3 core radiator. The engine makes about 430 HP. The front end has been rebuilt, new dual exhaust, R235-14 tires 14X8 Striker chrome wheels, and 100 watt aircraft landing lights put on the front for night driving. The car also has light green painted graphics."

Douglas Abrahams
Two Wells, South Australia
Phone: 08-85202979 (call evenings in Australia)
twiddle@bluep.com
360 2bbl, 727
Twin Grip
Matador X trim, Bamboo (tan), black/white interior
PS, PB (disc front), AC, tilt, front/rear sway bars, console, roll-down quarter windows, bumper strips, AM, styled road wheels, vinyl bucket seats
Doug's other Matador Coupe. Doug says: "This car is stock standard, and the jewel in my crown."

Abel Saiz
W. V. C., Utah
801/887-0087
cavorp@aol.com
360 4bbl, 3 spd auto column shift
Matador X trim, restored body
A1 Snow White paint code, 436-L Trim code, 095039 body code PS, PB, AC, tilt, front/rear sway bars, console, roll-down quarter windows, bumper strips, AM, full vinyl top, vinyl seats
Abel "Saiz" it is restored, runs great, and it's for sale - $3600 OBO. It was given to him by his father-in-law.

Ross Peterson
Salisbury, MD
peterson@bwave.com
410/860-2015 eve/weekends
401 4bbl, 727
3.15 Twin Grip diff.
Matador X trim, Red ext., white X stripe, black interior
54K miles
Z code 401 4bbl, C code floor shift
D7 paint code (Trans Am Red), 431Q trim code (Black, soft-touch vinyl bucket seats), 7416-8 model code
Front/rear sway bars, PS, PB (disc front), AC, tilt, cruise, roll-down quarter windows, 8 slot wheels, AM radio
The car was purchased in New Mexico. This is one very interesting car! Ross says: "Saw your ad in the AMX files. Thought you might be interested in some info. I own the 74 prototype car, it was hand built on the production tooling. It was actually used to set up the jigs for assembly then completed across the street in the engineering shop. It was used to trial fit all the new parts that were unique to the coupe. All the window mouldings are hand made by the AMC prototype shop. The car was used as the "Show Car" throughout the US circuit to introduce the new models, then sold as a "dealer demo" since the factory didn't want to take it back to Kenosha. A lady bought it from a Texas dealer and only drove it for 5 years and the mileage didn't change but a few hundred miles since Sept 79. The car is a little rough around the edges and would probably be parted if it were not for the history. It is not rusty, just sun cooked and the original 401 was removed for a racing Jeep. Not a problem for I have a correct dated 401 with all the accessories. There are a lot of things different such as the instruments are pewter in color background not black like the production cars. The car was built in June 73 and it does not have the seat belt interlock system. Just neat weird stuff.

My folks also bought a X Coupe new in 74 which is White with Black stripes, 360, 2V and loaded with every option but a space saver spare. We had it at the Kenosha meet in 1998."


Dave Goodbread
Augusta, GA
davegood@knology.net
401 4bbl, 4 speed manual
Twin Grip differential
Brougham
Black int./ext.
80k actual miles
401 4 bbl, 3 spd auto/floor
Twin Grip
Black/Black
PS, PB, AC, Front/Rear sway, Console, Rolldown rear windows, Buckets, Cruise (deleted)
A very unusual car! "This car is in unbelievable condition - looks like 30K miles! The 4 spd was dealer installed (!) by the original owner, since he didn't like the fact that AMC wouldn't set it up that way from the factory, and looks like a factory installation! The motor has just been done with 11-1 pistons, hot cam, Hooker headers and 4.10s in the rear."

Update!The car was recently purchased on ebay.

Before Dave bought the car, the previous owner took the car to the track. Here's what he had to say:
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 1999. "Nice weather here today in New Jersey, so I took my 401 4spd Matador coupe for test and tune at Island Dragway. I didn't feel like doing a lot of work so I left the car in complete street trim, stock closed air cleaner w/element, stock mufflers with 1 1/4 tail pipes, radial tires (never checked air pressure), pump gas, all the acces. belts on and a/c. I shifted at 5500 rpm and had to ride the hell out of the clutch to keep the wheels from spinning!!!
Results in order:
1st run-14.56@96.62 mph
2nd run-14.42@96.47mph
3rd run14.32@97.21mph
4th run14.29@96.50mph
5th run14.26@97.37mph
6th run14.24@97.57mph!
and I only opened the hood once for a curious crowd! I think I'll try for the 100 mph 1/4! any ideas????"

Now that Dave has the car, he plans to detune it a bit for better street performance and mileage by installing more street-friendly rear gears and a slightly milder cam.


Jeffrey Broderick
Decatur, IL
JeffreyBroderick@aol.com
360 2bbl, 727
Standard diff.
Oleg Cassini trim, white ext., full vinyl top
N code 360-2, A code 3 spd auto column shift
Original A1 code Snow White paint/431N trim code black Oleg Cassini interior with copper accents
PS, PB (disc front), AC, tilt, roll-down quarter windows, cruise, bumper strips, AM/FM, individually reclining seats, color keyed wheels
Purchased in Peoria, he says the car is in great condition, no rust, and he has the original window sticker.

James Gudat
Dallas, TX
jgudat@flash.net
304 2bbl, 904
Standard diff.
Standard trim, Daisy Yellow ext., black interior
232K actual miles
H code 304-2bbl, C code 3 spd auto floor shift
Original paint/interior
Front sway bar, PS, PB (disc front), AC, full vinyl top, roll-down quarter windows, AM/FM, full vinyl top, buckets, forged aluminum wheels, rear window defogger (blower)
The car was purchased in Granbury, TX. James says, "I bought the Matador as my first car while a sophomore in high school. Drove it through college into the first three years of my career until friends made so much fun of me that I put it up on blocks for 9 years. I restored it last year to its original condition and now enjoy it very much." Way to go James!

Tim Dugan
Springfield, OH
Biuejacket@aol.com
304 2bbl, 904
Standard diff.
Standard trim, Bronze with cream vinyl top, bronze vinyl interior
138K actual miles
H code 304-2bbl, A code 3 spd auto column shift
Original paint/interior
Front sway bar, PS, PB, AC, full vinyl top, roll-down quarter windows
The car was purchased in Western OH.

Steve Jackson
Wilmington, MA
AMC555@aol.com
401 4bbl, 727
Twin Grip diff.
431N trim code, Oleg Cassini
P1 Classic black ext., Black/Copper Cassini interior
55k actual miles
Z code 401-4bbl, A code 3 spd auto column shift
Original paint/interior
Front/rear sway bars, PS, PB, AC, full vinyl top, roll-down quarter windows, cruise, heated rear glass, tilt, AM/FM, 3 spoke steering wheel, 5 spoke wheels, 3.54:1 rear.
Steve says, "The only options this car doesn't have is the towing package and handling package. When I find time to restore this car it will be restored to original condition, not hot-rodded or modified."

Blair Neudorf
Qualicum Beach, B.C., Canada
neudorf@islandnet.com
250/752-2206
360 2bbl/727
Standard diff.
431N trim code, Oleg Cassini
A1 code Snow White ext., Black/Copper Cassini interior
57k actual miles
Orig. 360 2 bbl., 3 spd column
Original paint/interior
Front/rear sway bars, PS, PB (disc front), full vinyl top, roll down quarter windows, rear defrost, vanity mirror, 4 speaker sound system
Pictures coming soon! Blair says "The car has some rust, visible as gray areas in the pictures, and it needs new bumpers. It was up on blocks while I did exhaust repair. The vinyl and interior is in excellent condition. It was owned by an old lady, and is a beautiful car but at the moment my pockets aren't deep enough to do the body work." It's for sale, and he's asking $4,000 OBO (not sure if that's Canadian or US).

Steve & Mary Williams
Roanoke, TX
srwspeed@prodigy.net
304 2bbl, 904
Standard diff.
Matador X
White exterior, tan interior
74,890 actual miles
Original engine, paint/interiorFront/rear sway bars, PS, PB, AC, X stripe, bucket seats, rolldown rear windows
Mary says "Steve worked for AMC and got this car for his Grandmother. We got it back in the 80s and drove it every day until 1990. It has been a show car ever since. Very nice! The engine compartment is still completely original and has won a Silver (Junior Div.) in the AMC Nationals. We have the original window sticker and much more!"

Terry Judd
Spring Lake, MI
terryjudd@novagate.com
360 4bbl, 727, column shift
Twin Grip diff.
D/L option
Blue with white stripe on hood, vinyl top, blue interior
52,726 actual miles
N code 360 2bbl, F7 dk. blue metallic paint code, 433K trim codeRear sway bars, PS, PB, AC, opera rear windows, cloth seats
Terry bought this car in Verona, PA and found this site via the excellent www.amxfiles.com site. He says "I recently purchased my car from the original owner who tried to sell it for two years. Although I would have preferred a Matador X, this one is one of the early Matador D/Ls that were introduced in select cities. The car is in extremely good condition, except its paint has faded."

Dave Carwell
Commerce, TX
davesq@koyote.com
360, 727, column shift
Standard diff.
Brougham trim
Tan exterior, vinyl top
124k est. miles
H code 304 2bbl/904, J8 Cameltan paint code, 4566K trim codeFront/rear sway bars, PS, PB, AC, roll-down rear windows, bucket seats, AM/FM/8 track, tilt, cruise, factory(?) air shocks, factory styled aluminum wheels, custom-installed in-dash tach (placed in clock housing), custom-installed Hornet Rally pack gauges in homemade housing in ashtray opening
Dave bought this car in 1993 and found this site via the North Texas AMC club. The car has had an engine swap, has vinyl buckets in place of the cloth "split bench" seats and has some other custom goodies. He says the body is very good and the paint is original. The girl who owned it before him nicknamed it "The Pumpkin".

Stan Kelly
CA, Bay area
marlin4@aol.com
360, 727, column shift
Standard diff.
Brougham trim
Original color, buff vinyl top
83k actual miles
N code 360 2bbl/727, G6 Sienna orange paint code, 436K trim codePS, PB (disc front), AC, roll-down rear windows, bucket seats, AM radio, visibility group
Stan bought this car in 1998 from the original owner in Sacramento. "This is an original car with complete repair documentation back to 1982. The car was originally delivered on 9/9/73. I have the original window sticker and warranty card. It was recently hit on the LR quarter just before Christmas (1999). It is repairable and will be going in for an estimate soon. I also have complete original material to redo the interior. The interior is all there and serviceable, just shabby after 30 years of California sunshine. The car is a great runner - I've driven it to Phoenix AZ and to Seattle WA without a hitch." The car is for sale, asking $3000. Stan is a member of the Pacific Gold Rush Ramblers AMCRC chapter, where you can see a picture of this and other AMC cars.

Robert Van Essen
Pella, IA
rvnessen@kdsi.net
515/628-3461 8-5 Central
401, 4 barrel, floor shift
Twin Grip rear
Matador X
White, white vinyl top, black crush velvet interior
59,000 est. miles
all original drivetrain
original int/ext
PS, PB (disc front), AC, front/rear sway bars, roll-down rear quarter windows, styled road wheels, AM/FM/CB, bucket seats, red/blue X stripe
Robert bought it in Kansas City to save it, has rust and some dents, needs some TLC.

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