1976 Pacer X Convertible?
An anonymous visitor shared his memories of his 1976 Pacer X "convertible" on 11 June 2003.
In 1988, my sister's friend needed to get rid of his Pacer. He sold it to me for one dollar (I was the third person to buy the car for a dollar). It was beautiful. It had a good body, and the interior, with the exception of some deterioration of a few plastic panels, was also great. The car was burgundy with a burgundy / red interior with white vinyl seats. At the time my friends and I all found the whole thing rather funny. You know, a big bubble bought for a dollar (in quarters).
Unfortunately, being a teenage male and not seeing what I had, I did the unthinkable: I chopped the top off of it. It was great fun. We never used the doors again. We just walked into the back where the hatch had been and jumped into the seats. It also became a much faster and better handling car without the roof. It must have weighed 300 pounds. I left the leading edge of the front door where the windows seal intact and there was almost no wind in the hair while driving it. In fact, during cold weather the heater was still effective for the front seats. I had to cut the line which supplied the fluid for the rear window washer and it became a fun water gun we could spray or friends with as we drove by. It always started at the first turn of the key.
I sold it when I moved after about a year and a half of pure enjoyment. I made a $29 profit. I have never seen another convertible. Was mine the first? I plan on seeking out another one soon. How I miss it.
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