What's the Matador?

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Re: What's the Matador?

Post by MAX » August 12th 2021, 8:36am

I rented one in Denver to compare it to my Javelin. No contest. Wish I still had the Javelin today.
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Post by 3Flushes » August 12th 2021, 2:21pm

Never did like these.

A friend still has his '69 Scrambler that he's modified over the years. He takes it out to the drag strip on occasion - still runs a 12.5 quarter.
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Re: What's the Matador?

Post by bbattle » August 12th 2021, 4:21pm

A neighbor had a green Matador back in the early 80's. Ugly car. Looked ungainly, and it lurched and bobbled as she maneuvered the Abrams-sized tank out into the street.

A friend of my dad had a Javelin and that car was badass.

And you may not believe this, but in the small town in central Missouri where I lived for 11 years, they had a Gremlin club. As the driver of a '69 Firebird, I had no business with them. :-)
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Re: What's the Matador?

Post by Falstaff » August 13th 2021, 6:36am

That model of the Matador is one of the most ungainly looking cars ever. AMC in its final days (prior to the last gasp American Eagle line) had some real dogs in the looks department i.e. Matador, Gremlin and last, but by no means least - the Pacer. The previous generation though, had some winners - Javelin, AMX and the Rebel muscle car. My dad always said Ramblers " got hot under the floorboards".
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Re: What's the Matador?

Post by Mark1 » August 13th 2021, 3:19pm

I couldn't watch the video because the narrator is too fucking annoying. The Oleg Cassini edition of the Matador coupe appeared in the Man with a Golden Gun. I've seen vintage NASCAR videos from the 70s, (when you could actually recognize the different car models) of the mighty Matador running 150 miles an hour but still looking like grandma's car. They even won a few races.
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Post by TemerityB » August 13th 2021, 6:18pm

Slightly off-topic: What's The Matador? is a classic short by the Three Stooges; film historians recall it as being one of Curly's last good performances before poor health eventually took away his career. Yeah, the scenes of him coaxing a bull are worth your time.

However, do not confuse What's The Matador? with its eventual remake, Sappy Bull Fighters. Not only is it the final Columbia Stooge short, but they plunked Joe Besser into Curly's role, and the result is about as funny as a cyst lancing. The listless final scene - of a "crowd" of Mexicans carrying Besser off on their shoulders - is literally sad. Poorly and cheaply filmed by a bored Jules White (reportedly on one take), it's all just stretching the Stooge careers out way past their once-brilliant prime.
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