"What's a Matador", you ask? The Matador was a mid-size offering from AMC introduced in 1971 to replace the Rebel. It became instantly popular among cost conscious buyers who still wanted a bevy of features and/or a powerful engine. Thanks to the underestimated quality of American Motors Matador parts, this vehicle shocked critics and became popular quite quickly. Early reviews of the Matador praised the car's handling and performance, in spite of the vehicle's size and weight. When the AMC Ambassador was retired in 1974, the Matador became American Motors largest car. Fans of the car may remember the limited edition Oleg Cassini luxury line of Matadors in 1975 & 75, as well as the Barcelona editions from 1976-78. Fun fact: in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun, a AMC Matador coupe transforms into a plane and flies away to escape James Bond.