There were several great changes to the Gremlin in 1972, one was not the removal of the cute little chrome Gremlin that once graced the side panels of the car. They did however, bring a V-8 to the table. It was a small V-8 but, for the light little Gremlin, it was more than enough.
Did the new V8 make the '72 the best?
The other big change was in the transmission. AMC dumped their less than stellar Borg-Warner automatic transmission, and replaced it with a Chrysler torque-command automatic transmission.
This transmission was a much smoother shifter, and more durable in the long run. They also made upgrades to the manual transmission by making it fully synchronized.
They redesigned the front seats, and improved the braking and suspension. The latter two would be a necessity to accommodate the extra weight, speed and torque of a V-8.
Plum Purple and Furious
Found at a car show in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. If anyone knows the owner let us know!