Brian Moyer, 60, an auto-collision technician from Reinholds, Pa., on his AMC Gremlins, as told to A.J. Baime.
The Gremlin appeared in 1970, built by the American Motors Corp. It was the first American-made “subcompact” (a class of car smaller than a compact). The name refers to the mythical beasts blamed when problems arise in aircraft, pictures of which often appeared on World War II planes.