V.I.S.I.T.: Pacer!

I captured this unassuming little Pacer in a Tim Horton’s drive-through lineup yesterday, and the owner was awesome enough to stay still long enough for me to get photos of both sides, allowing you to evaluate the cosmetic merits, or lack thereof, of the unequal-sized doors.

Kidding aside, this is an absolutely awesome survivor, kept faithfully alive by someone who appears to be in his early twenties. We need more keepers of the faith like him.

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  1. Charles_Barrett Avatar

    I remember when these came out (I was a teenaged faithful reader of "Popular Science", and was totally convinced this was the future of car design. Shortly thereafter I started reading "Car & Driver" and had the error of my ways pointed out to me…

  2. dragon951 Avatar

    Not sure why there is a rebel flag on it (in Canada?). If that is some indication of the journey this Pacer has taken, then it must have some epic stories during its conquest of North America.
    /Next stop Siberia.

  3. muthalovin Avatar

    What's a "Tim Horton's?" Being a person from south-western AMERICA (FUCK YEAH!), I am unfamiliar with this joint.

    1. Charles_Barrett Avatar

      Oh, I misread it as a "Tim Burton’s drive-through…" and just assumed it was some drive-in theater (oops,,, Canada,,, I mean theatre) that only shows stylish and avant garde psychedelic films starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter…

      1. Ambersand Avatar

        Excellent faux pas. Tim Burton's drive though…those'd be some scary donuts. heh heh heh

      2. dragon951 Avatar

        I imagine the Tim Burton drive-through to be an experience similar to Alice in Wonderland, what with the Mad Hatter serving the guests. Based on the mercury content of the coffee, and the drug content of the donuts, I imagine you'd be down the rabbit hole for several hours (or several days) afterward.
        Either that or the donuts would be suspiciously meaty. You wouldn't complain to the weirdo behind the counter though, because he would invite you into the back to see the secret recipe.

    2. guest Avatar

      Tim Horton's sells donuts, eh!

    3. TurboBrick Avatar

      Tim Horton of course was the Canadian defense… defenceman who held the record for most consecutive games played in the NHL for decades, until his record was broken by Karlis Skrastins of Latvia.
      Oh, and it's some kind of a canuck version of Dunkin' Donuts.

    4. Mike_the_Dog Avatar

      It's commonly abbreviated to "Timmy Ho's" by people who have one nearby.

      1. faster,Tobias! Avatar

        And, as a Hooniverse tie-in, Tim Horton died when he flipped his De Tomaso Pantera and was thrown from the car.

    5. Mike_the_Dog Avatar

      It's commonly abbreviated to "Timmy Ho's" by people who have one nearby.

  4. rocketrodeo Avatar

    yeah, I was getting total cognitive dissonance with the Tim Hortons / Confederate Battle Flag juxtaposition.
    Tim's was bought by Wendy's some years ago and was then flipped just recently, but as a result Tim Horton's has invaded the upper midwest. I think they put crack in their coffee. I remember thinking it was nothing special the first few times I had a cup. That didn't last.

    1. DeadinSideInc Avatar

      They weren't flipped, rather they became a stand-alone firm again.
      Tim's has been building a foot print in the north-east US for a number of years, started around Buffalo and have been, as of late, expanding aggressively. Also pulled off the NYC coup with the Dunkin switch.
      Their coffee is garbage, for the record, and I avoid them.

  5. Captain Pabst Avatar
    Captain Pabst

    Fun Fact, Waynes world was supposed to take place in Canada, and Stan Makidas (sp?) donuts was a play on Tim Hortons. Funny this was spotted as a tim hortons

    1. KAdams1476 Avatar

      My thoughts exactly! I just couldn't remember the name Stan Mikita. I do remember Ed O'Neill (Al Bundy) being the manager of the donut shop. Mmmmm…donuts.

  6. Tripl3fast Avatar

    A guy down the street had a purple one of these. Parked it right next to the other purple one AMC made that year. I was like twelve and he let me shift from the passenger seat as we did laps around the subdivision. Then he got arrested for selling drugs to kids. The car was left there for almost a year. I almost figured out how to hot wire it before it was towed. Good times,

    1. Charles_Barrett Avatar

      Okay, this raises a very prickly question in my mind…Did the kindly drug-dealing Pacer owner down the street offer twelve-year old you narcotics when he was offering you rides? And if he didn't, did you torture yourself years later by silently asking "why not"…?
      …Like being the only altar boy the handsome young convicted pedophile priest DIDN'T make advances to…?

  7. RacinG73 Avatar

    Huh… I'm not sure I follow the bit about the unequal doors. Is there a difference between the left and right side doors?

    1. donkeyassman Avatar

      I believe the passenger side is longer, but I can't remember the story as to why that is.. Something about a last minute design change

      1. njhoon Avatar

        I believe that was to allow easier entry to the rear seat.

    2. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

      As "donkeyassman" said, the passenger door was elongated to allow for easier access to the rear.
      It wasn't the last time that that was done…. for the 1998 model year, the Ford Windstar had a driver's door that was longer then the passenger's door in an ingenious (read: rather lame) solution to not having a sliding door on the driver's side, that the competing Chrysler Corp. minivans had. Combined with a driver's seat that slid and tilted forward, it provided some access to the rear seats from the driver's side of the van.
      And now you're all smarter for that, right?

      1. DeadinSideInc Avatar

        Yes – but I recall hearing that @ the time….Ford was too cheap to re-tool the line to produce a dual door van.
        Glad they saved up the $ to re-tool for the Freestar?