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Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 31483
 
AMC offered several different 'muscle cars' during the late 1960's and early 1970's. The AMX was a two-door fastback hardtop available with a variety of powerful V8 engines. The 'Big Bad' AMX came out in the middle of the year. This option-created model came in three colors and had its bumpers painted the same shade as its body. A total of 284 'Big Bad' Orange AMX's were produced. 'Big Bad' Blue and 'Big Bad' Green cars were also available.
Fastback Coupe
 
This automobile is Number 18 of 52 super stock AMX drag cars built jointly by American Motors Corp. and Hurst Performance. The AMC has a 390 cubic-inch, 12.3:1 compression ratio, cross ram manifold, with dual Holly Carburetors, Crane Roller Cam & heads, and develops 420 horsepower.

In 1969 this car won the AHRA Summer Drag Nationals and was runner-up in S/S Eliminator with the world record of 11.08 at 127.11 mph. It has factory paint in a red, white and blue paint scheme.
Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: A9M397T257662
 
High bid of $35,000 at 2015 Mecum. (did not sell)
This AMC AMX is powered by a 343 Typhoon V-8 engine offering 280 horsepower. The car was given a restoration in 2014 and features a 4-speed transmission, Hurst floor shifter, Performance exhaust, factory air conditioning, bucket seats, rally stripes, Magnum 500 wheels, and Good Year polyglas tires.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2016
The AMC AMX, representing American Motors Experimental, was produced in low production numbers produced during the late 1960s and early 1970s. It had similarities to AMC's pony car, the Javelin, but was smaller and had seating for two. The AMX was not only sporty and attractive, but it introduced many 'industry firsts', including being the first production vehicle to use a one-piece injection molded dashboard which greatly improved safety for its occupants. In 1969 and 1970 it was named 'Best Engineered Car of the Year' by the American Automotive Society of Engineers.

There were multiple engines available to the buyer. From 1968 through 1970 a four-barrel carbureted eight-cylinder engine could be had in 290, 343, 360 and 390 cubic-inch flavors. Power was sent to the rear wheels courtesy of the standard T-10 four-speed manual gearbox. Dual exhaust and a special traction bar were also included as standard equipment. Adding to the sporty persona were extra wide tires which provided extra traction and enhanced performance.

In 1968 AMC produced 6,725 examples of the AMX. The following year 8,2963 were produced and in 1970 sales dipped to 4,116. There were 52 examples of the Hurst-modified SS/AMX drag strip racing versions. These are highly sought after in modern times as collector cars.

The AMC AMX was popular on the racing circuit, especially at drag strips. The potent engines and wide tires made them very competitive. The AMX captured the Super Stock Championship title multiple years. Craig Breedlove, a renowned driver with years of experience and many titles was hired by AMC to help further the career performance of the AMX. He did so by breaking over 100 records including the 24 hour average speed record which he averaged 130 mph. The previous record had been 103 mph.

From 1971 through 1974 the AMX name was used on the Javelin indicating the performance option. It was used again in 1977 as a performance option on the Hornet. The following year it was applied to the Concord and in 1979 and 1980 it appeared on the Spirit.

There were three concept versions of the AMX created, known as the AMX/1, AMX/2, and AMX/3. The first operational AMX prototype was debuted in 1966 and resided for a number of years in the Talledega Speedway museum. Two rolling prototypes were made of the AMX/2, with one being used for many years atop of a pole of a used car dealership. In 1970 AMC commissioned ItalDesign to create a mid-engined high-performance version of the AMX, dubbed the AMX/3. The design was mostly by AMC designer Richard 'Dick' Teague and production was done at the former Bizzarrini factory located in Turin, Italy. Only six versions were created from 1969 through 1972. Located mid-ship was a 390 cubic-inch AMC V8 capable of producing 340 horsepower. A custom made OTO Melara five-speed manual gearbox was used and top speed was achieved at 160 mph.

By Daniel Vaughan | May 2006
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