AMC Cavalier

AMC Cavalier

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The AMC Cavalier was a concept car built by American Motors (AMC) in 1965. It was innovative by its symmetrical design and use of interchangeable body parts.

Origin

The AMC Cavalier was part of three other prototypes that hinted at some of AMC's future production vehicles. In 1966, the Cavalier became part of "Project IV" touring the auto show circuit. This group of four show cars included the Vixen (a four passenger coupe with a "flying buttress" rear roof pillars), the AMX prototype (a two-seat coupe that evolved into the real production car), and the AMX II (a notchback hardtop that was longer than the AMX).

Only the four-door Cavalier sedan was designed by Richard A. Teague in AMC's advanced design studio.

Innovation

The AMC Cavalier was unique in that it was a study in symmetry. It was built to demonstrate the use of numerous interchangeable body panels. For example, the fenders were identical (the opposite ends, e.g. left front and right rear). The doors were similarly shared with opposite sides, an idea originated by Cord on the prototype 935 Saloon, since the rear doors were hinged in the back (suicide door). The hood and decklid were also interchangeable. The Nash Metropolitan, which was sold by AMC up to 1962, also had interchangeable inner panels, but the outer skin was different. In addition to reducing...
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