I said it before and will keep saying it. What did AMC in aside from lack of $$$ was....
They were far too head of their time. Take a look at that Gremlin! The proportions are terrible and look way different then anything offered at the time. Make a retro version of it today and it would probably fly off the dealer lots!! Today’s cars to me have horrible proportions. From a side view 95% of vehicles look very stubby, no front or rear over hangs, quarter panels that are 18-20” long and that’s on some full size “luxury” cars! Yes they look aweful IMO. When I watch cars passing by a cross street while waiting at a red light I think to myself how horrible and awkward the design of modern vehicles have become! Very few have appealing lines or proportions. I really wonder what if any cars will be coveted or at least “saved” by people in 20-30+ years?? My guess Mustangs, Challengers, Some Corvettes, perhaps a few limited ed hot rod SUVs but thats it! Say what you want about either of these cars BUT for their small size they were quite practical being hatch back designs with folding rear seats! Even that was WAY ahead of its time!!