Gremlin’s styling was carried over for 1975, with only a slight change made to the curve of the front bumper (some sources say that the rear wheel arches were more subdued for 1975, but I’ll be darned if I can see the difference). Under the hood, electronic ignition was now standard on all engines. Unfortunately, AMC chose to use an ignition system sourced from Prestolite, which proved to be quite troublesome. This was also the first year for the much-maligned catalytic converter in the exhaust system. Interestingly, the use of catalytic converter allowed engines to be “tuned up” slightly so that in many cases, performance and gas mileage were actually improved over 1974 models.

Base price for the six-cylinder Gremlin was now up to $2798. The base V8 Gremlin, coming in at $2952, was priced at exactly one dollar per pound. One notable option appearing for 1975 was an electrically-activated overdrive for cars equipped with six cylinder engines and manual transmissions.

Drew Beck

 

1975 Production Totals

YEAR TOTAL 4 CYL 6 CYL 8 CYL 2 SEAT 4 SEAT
1975 56,011 0 52,601 3,410 0 56,011
New and Notable for 1975
  • Cruise control
  • Fuel economy gauge
  • Steel belted radial tires