Last updated on April 14, 2023
Today’s car is a 1974 AMC Matador 4-door sedan owned by Dorian Bolick. I photographed this car at The Malaise Daze Car Show held at The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum located in El Segundo, CA. You ask what is a Malaise? Malaise era cars are manufactured between 1973 – 1983. Dorian’s AMC is finished in Fawn Beige with a buckskin interior and a black Sof-touch vinyl top. It is powered by a 150 hp, 304 cu in, V8 engine, with a 2-bbl carburetor. Mated to a 3-speed auto transmission with 3.15:1 rear axle. Slowing it down are 10 inch self adjusting drum brakes in all 4-corners. It has independent front suspension with coil springs, dual A-arms and a front sway bar and it the rear is a 4-link coil springs suspension.
The second generation of AMC Matadors were built from 1974 through 1978. The model year total of all 1974 AMC models was 509,496 of which 27,608 were Matador 4-door sedans. The MSRP was $3,051.00. With a published top speed of 105 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 11.7 seconds.
This is a very nice example of this original Matador 4-door sedan with 57,000 miles on the odometer . What a great car to take to an AMC, or an orphan, or a Malaise ear car show, or Cars and Coffee events or just a cruising around town. Thanks for riding along. Frank