American Motors Corporation (AMC) produced some of the most popular subcompact cars in the U.S. market. From the Gremlin to the Spirit, there are a fair few great subcompact rides among AMC’s lineup of cars. The AMC Spirit is the older sibling to the Gremlin. The Spirit succeeded the Gremlin after it hit the market in 1979. Its short 4-year run on the market certainly saw the subcompact car become quite popular.
Notably, the Spirit is simply a redesigned Gremlin with obviously larger rear windows, while it also maintained the same instrument panel as the Gremlin. Furthermore, the AMC Spirit lift back model also rides on the same wheelbase as the Gremlin sedan. Yet, the hatchback had a much shallower Kammback tail. AMC went about introducing its AMC Spirit in 1978 and production continued until 1983. There were two hatchback variations on the market during these years, a sedan and a lift back.