Time for a little Bohemian Rhapsody.
The AMC Pacer was never a cool car. That is until it appeared in a low-budget flick called "Wayne’s World" back in 1992. Some of you are probably too young to be aware of this epic film based on the Saturday Night Live skit of the same name. And now Wayne and Garth’s original and now restored 1976 AMC Pacer, the Mirthmobile, is heading to the Barrett-Jackson auction block later this month in Las Vegas. And yes, whoever buys it will definitely be listening to a little "Bohemian Rhapsody."
This Pacer was modified for the movie with its baby blue (and flame decals) over the original yellow exterior paint. The brown leather seats were also swapped out and tow hooks were welded to the front subframe and.25-inch steel plates were welded to the rocker panels for camera supports.
The heater and air conditioner were also removed and a hole was drilled in the roof for the licorice dispenser. Other interior components were removed from the dash to accommodate the cup dispenser and a door mechanism above the sealed-off glove box. And yes, the mismatched wheel combination was done on purpose. An extensive restoration has also been completed, which saw all bolted-on body parts being removed and the exterior body was stripped to bare metal. Bumpers and original wheels were also re-chromed and the body was refinished with a new base coat/clear coat to match the movie color. The seats were also recovered and all interior panels refinished.
Left untouched from the movie are the stereo and 10-inch speakers, the latter never having worked to begin with. Interested buyers can already register to bid online and there's no reserve. Excellent! Photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.