By 1971 the popularity of the model with four seats would prove to be the dominant specie of Gremlin. After a pathetic showing in sales, the two seat option would be retired.
As for the Gremlin as a car, there were very few changes made to the body style. They retired the smallest engine and introduced a new 150 horsepower engine as optional. They kept the same transmission options, adding only a shift command automatic transmission. The really big change in 1971 was the X package. This was equivalent to today’s sport package.
The X package came with special striping, including a strip across the back that identified the type of engine that you had under the hood in the emblem. The engine was displayed as displacement liters, instead of cubic inch size, in other words the 232 became the 3.8 liter engine and so on.
This package also included Goodyear Polyglass tires with optional raised white lettering, on 14” slotted wheels, bucket seats and custom trimmed interior, a space-saver spare tire and special X decals. The X model was very desirable.
One Nice (a bit of an understatement) '71 Gremlin X
Here is one of the nicest looking 1971 Gremlin X's I've ever seen. It's a 360 v8, with new interiors, racing wheels, Tremec TKO 600 5-speed, and other performance additions.