To...14th Mar 2011, 21:45.
- The only way a 304 Gremlin could smoke off a 442, GTO, Malibu SS or similar 1960s or 70s musclecar is if those cars were missing a wheel!
He did say "next was a few other mods that were added; a hot street/strip cam, a timing kit for the dist,..."
My Gremlin brand new was 194 HP with the 304V8 2BBL 3 speed. Even if it had some mods it would never touch the cars mentioned. I added Accel side pipes Lakewood traction bars on mine. I had to cut half the snubbers off. The Gremlin was pretty heavy for its size as well. It was slow but handled well.
I now have a stock 70 Chevelle SS 4 speed which the Gremlin would never keep with in any shape or form unless a 401 was put in one.
I know both cars well.
Never heard of an XXX. My first car was a 77 X and I wish I still had it. I want a 72 or 73 V8, or a 78 GT. Now I own an Olds Mag7? It's a dealer pack.
Back in 72 and 73 these were popular brand new models all over the college campus. I had a new V8 and paid 2900. Many students drove VWs new at 2000 dollars. Most had the large 6 model in X trim.
Mechanically these cars were excellent. The metal in the bodies was thick sheet metal. And great paint. My car was cool but never fast. The first thing anyone did was look at the back to see if it said 5 Litre V8. There was only 2 of us with them. I special ordered mine. I owned it 4 years as a daily driver and never had one issue. It always started and ran well.
I had around 50000 miles on it when I sold it. I think I got around 1200 when I sold it. I wouldn't mind paying 10 times that to get it back again. I drove it though college and to my wedding in it. Would be proud to take to cruise nights or shows.
Interestingly enough, when I bought my Gremlin X there were rows of AMX at college as well. My favorite of all was a Mark Donahue Javelin. Insurance was the deal breaker for many of us. Now close to 60, it's more the cost of the car!
The definition of a dealer pack is the added profit they get selling rust proofing and the like performed at the dealership. Another dealer pack is buying a couple cans of Scotchguard for them to spray the seats. Another high, done at the dealership, profit item. Or the second window sticker the dealer puts next to the manufacturer's window sticker for added profit for a dealer. Your definition is off. It's likely you meant a special option package. Like ordering a W30 option on your Oldsmobile. Or a special order sunroof for example. Hope that clears up the mystery.