Thursday, December 3, 2015

Less Show, More Go Package: 1969 AMC AMX

The AMX (1968-1970) was a 2-seat muscle/sports car that used a shortened Javelin chassis and V8 power to offer decent performance for the money when new.  Today, the AMX is one of those forgotten sports cars that hasn't been swept up in a whirlwind of speculative collectors cash and you can get decent examples for the price of a new econobox. Like this 1969 AMC AMX here on eBay bidding for $14,250 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go, located in Seattle, WA.

One of the things I like about the AMX is that it has styling that looks early 70s, but bumpers that are chrome and tucked into the body.  If the model had continued a few more years it would have the face of a proboscis monkey and the horsepower of a donkey.

Lucky for us, in 1969 folks didn't care that the air was black with vehicle emissions, so the 390 cubic inch V8 with "Go Package" pushes out 315 horsepower and 425 ft-lbs of earth moving torques.  For a 2-seater that wasn't a Corvette, this thing was fast.

Thankfully the original buyer of this AMX opted for the 4-speed manual which will make the car a much better weekend fun car.  The interior is a delightfully funky combination of plastics, faux wood, metal and more plastic.

See a car with a bigger set of rear leaf spring shackles?


  1. So, was the AMX a fastback Gremlin, or a small-bumper Spirit?

    AMC made one flavor of sausage and cut it to whatever length necessary. These are cute enough, but personally I'll stick with a Javelin, or if value is no object I'd just as soon have an early small-bumper Hornet Sportabout. Mechanically and structurally they're all the same, you can put a 401 or a turbo Jeep 4.0 in any of 'em.

  2. Long shackles.... the automotive version of the mullet

  3. I wish i had bought some Shackle stock back in the day and yes i had them on my 56 chev.

  4. My favorite AMC car by far have looked at a couple build quality is not always the best and AMC always had strange ways of doing things but very good value compared to Mustang Or a Bitchin Camaro....

  5. Chuck Olson chevy they have been in the greater Seattle area for a minute they sell Subaru's also and a few other brand's in the past.

    1. I plugged the address of Lake City Rambler which was where the original owner purchased this car in 1968, and wouldn't you know it, there is a Starbucks across the street. The dealership was located on Lake City Way, Where Beyers Volvo has their used car lot now. Neat that this car is still in Seattle. The eBay auction ended without it hitting reserve, so I guess it will stay here for a while longer.

    2. It maybe on Chucks used car lot they have had a few hotrods in the past.

  6. Dealership wants 29.5k too much for this car reserve only made it half way. 22-25k is max i think in this shape.

  7. Gianni where are you in Seattle area or what part of town ? I am in Edgewood Wa.

  8. Here is a Red 68 AMX real nice auto box..


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