When Ford introduced the Fastback Mustang, it started a new trend in automotive styling. Nearly every manufacture came out with at least one car with a fastback style roof. In the early ’60s AMC worked to create an image of economy for itself, but by the mid ’60s they wanted to have a more youthful and sporting image, so they started building sportier cars like the Marlin and Javelin. This 1967 AMC Marlin was found in an old garage in Texas and was moved to Minnesota to be restored. The owner has never gotten around to restoring it, so they have decided to sell it. It can be found here on eBay.
For ’67, AMC introduced the GEN-II V8 in the Marlin. The new 343 cui V8 that was offered for ’67 came in two trim levels. This car has the higher powered engine with the four barrel carburetor and is rated at 280 hp. When the seller got the car they didn’t try starting it, but they recently tried and surprisingly it runs well. It will obviously need work to be drivable, but having it running will make the restoration process a little easier.
The interior looks complete, but needs some attention. It has the basket weave seats and still has the original Vibratone radio. The seller has a Marlin parts car that has some of the parts this car needs, but is asking an extra $2,000 for the complete car. Sadly, the parts car has a different style interior, so it may not be of much use on this front.
We think the ’67 is the best looking year for the Marlin, but sadly it is also the rarest. Due to financial issues, AMC had to cut back production right after introducing the redesigned car. These car’s aren’t super valuable, but there is a dedicated group of collectors. The seller has most of the hard to find pieces for the car, but is selling them separately. Given the current market value of these cars, this one might be a labor of love, but it is a solid car to start with. What do you think? Is it solid enough to be a realistic project? Or does it need too much work to be realistic?