In the year 2018 it is hard to be unique in the automotive world. It is hard to have something that people either cannot identify or simply gawk at in wonder. If you buy this 1978 AMC Matador Barcelona you’ll be both of those things wherever you show up. The car is almost 100% bone stock outside of a set of Year One wheels that are essentially overgrown Dodge rally examples. The Barcelona was an upscale, luxo edition of the Matador and this car’s paint is factory, the roof is factory, and the garish interior is also factory. Oh, the 360ci engine is factory to the bone and it looks like it was dropped into the car yesterday.
We have had some Matadors on BangShift before but this car is unique in its level of cool. Nothing looks like an AMC Matador, the way the headlights are half in the grill and half in the hood, the second-gen Camaro-esque windshield rake and roofline, the old strip club interior, and the classy red on red paint make this thing interesting. There are a couple of photos that seem to indicate that the seller has more than a few cars including an early Pontiac GTO. The person who owns this thing likes cars and they have unique taste.
So often we see people trying to build something to be “different”. Welp, someone could pony up and score this Pro Luxury Matador and warm that factory 360 up, leave the whore house interior and be the belle of the ball at whatever cruise they rolled into.
You may love it, you may hate it but at the end of the day you cannot deny the fact that it is different and it at least made you look.