American Motors may have come late to the muscle-car party, but when they arrived they did so with style when they introduced a new sports model titled the AMX. Introduced in 1968 at the Chicago Auto Show, the Javelin-based AMX was the first steel two-seat vehicle offered from an American manufacturer since the 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird. The short 96-inch wheelbase design of the AMC made it competent on both the drag strip and the road course. It had a long hood, fastback deck design, aggressive body lines, and a unibody, stamped steel chassis.
When introduced, the AMX engines ranged from a 290 cubic-inch, 225 horsepower V8 up to a 390 CID, 315 hp V8. A four-speed manual was standard but an option three-speed 'Shift Command' automatic was also available. Among the notable options were a range of three colors that included neon brilliant blue, orange, and green. The package offered special trim and color-coded bumpers for an extra $34. Additionally, there was the 'Go-Package' option that added power-assisted disk brakes, E70 by 14 performance tires, 'Magnum 500' styled steel rims, 'Twin-Grip' differential, heavy-duty cooling and suspension, bigger anti-roll bars, and other performance enhancements.
The AMX was named the 'Car of the Year' by the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1969 and again in 1970.
The 1969 AMC AMX fastback coupe had a base price of $3,300 and a total of 8,293 examples were sold. Changes were minimal with several revisions appearing throughout the year. The 140 mph speedometer and tachometer with a larger face was a new addition. The 290 CID four-barrel V8 was the base engine with the 343 and 390 CID being optional equipment.
Standard equipment included dual exhaust, cigarette lighter, collapsible spare tire, sport steering wheel, ashtrays, armrests, courtesy lights, and glovebox lock. There were front head restraints, reclining bucket seats, front foam seat cushions, wheel discs, and Flo-Thru ventilation. A new option was the leather upholstery.
For 1969, there were 284 examples painted in orange-colored Big Bad and 195 models finished in blue. 283 examples were done in green. Just over 50 examples were the Super Stock AMXs that were enhanced by the Hurst Corp for AMC. by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2019
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 mo....[continue reading]
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 & he....[continue reading]
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,....[continue reading]
The horsepower wars were indeed at fever pitch in 1969. Race on Sunday, sell on Monday was the mantra, and the 'Big Three' were battling for a piece of the hungry youth market. And then there was American Motors, with their AMX.....[continue reading]
This AMC AMX is powered by a 390 cubic-inch V8 engine offering 425 lb-ft of torque and 315 horsepower. There is a 4-speed manual transmission linked to a Hurst shifter and dual exhausts. It is equipped with the optional Go Package, or Go Pack as it b....[continue reading]
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Chassis #: A9M397T257662
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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 AMCs 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.... Continue Reading >>
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