But a few years earlier American Motors marketed two models that were actual shortened versions of larger cars. This was a comparatively inexpensive way of expanding its product line.
The first was the 1968 AMX, a two-seat version of its new '68 Javelin, a sporty car influenced by the success of Ford's Mustang.
In the Spring of 1970 AMC introduced the Gremlin, that looked like a (literally) sawed-off version of its 1970 Hornet that appeared in 1969.
The AMX had modest sales, its two seats making it a specialized version of what was essentially a niche product. It since has become something of a cult car. The Gremlin sold surprisingly well. More than 670,000 were made during its nine model-year run.