Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #68

In keeping with the numerical theme...


1968 AMC AMX.

AMC was formed in 1954 with the merger of Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson, and was known mainly for their attempt to "downsize" the American automobile in the 1960s. While the "Big Three" were producing land yachts with monstrous engines, AMC came out with smaller vehicles like the Rambler American (and the teeny Metropolitan).

The AMX was the first real "muscle car" produced by AMC (some would say only; the Javelin didn't exactly set the world on fire) and set quite a few records on its introduction (including an unofficial speed in excess of 200 MPH). At a time of giant motors, massive horsepower output and (straight-line) performance uber-alles, the AMX could run with the big boys.

Unfortunately for AMC, the rest of the company couldn't and would fold in less than two decades...

That is all.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j04v2XrVwg

The Javelin had a better commercial.

Gerry

Anonymous said...

had a 69 Javelin with the 390 and the "AMX" package - a suspension upgrade. Quick car that also handled pretty well. Did an SCCA Solo 1 event and collapsed the bearing under one of the front struts showing a weak point which they fixed in 70 with traditional double A frame suspension. Had it over 130mph on a 2-lane blacktop. One of the many cars I regret letting get away. Beat a 68, 343 AMX in a 2 out of 3 drag race with my 65 Plymouth Valiant running a hot rodded 273 cu. in. Thanks for the memories Jay!

Ted said...

The AMX was never very popular. It was strictly a 2 seater with space behind the seats but no trunk and a very short wheel base so it was a bit squirrelly. The Javelin OTOH always looked bloated. even after the full Penske / Donahue Trans-Am treatment. Even after The Penske Team won the Trans-am those Javalins were never popular. They were still made by AMC - that made everyone's grandmothers cars

A SImple Man said...

Love AMC. Don't forget about The Rebel, the Machine or the SC Rambler. Heck even the Gremlin X.

Old NFO said...

Yep, a FORD 390 no less... :-)

Will said...

I can't remember which model it was, but they had a great commercial with the kid explaining all the modifications he has done to the family car in the driveway. (Gutted interior, blower poking through the hood.) Father yells to the wife: "Honey, come here and see how our son has BUTCHERED the car!" IIRC, the car was given away in a cereal box contest, or similar.