The American Motors Corporation, known mostly as American Motors or
AMC, was formed in 1954 with the merger of Nash and Hudson. At the
time it occurred it was the largest corporate merger in US history.
They found their stride in occupying specialty market segments left
untouched by the "Big Three" competitors in Detroit. While they had
a good run they were ultimately acquired by Chrysler later in their
life. Their chief stylist was Dick Teague who was known for making
the most of his investors while operating on a much tighter budget
than other manufacturers. This is likely the only reason AMC saw
the success that they did. They started out in the world of small
cars like the Rambler until the muscle car era arrived in the 60's.
This saw the introduction of the AMX which was produced only from
1968 to 1970. Goals at the time were to attract a younger audience
and offer performance at a reasonable price. Uniquely the main
competitor for the AMX was not the other muscle cars on the road
like the Mustang or Camaro but actually the Corvette as these two
were the only 2 seater vehicles produced in the US. They were named
after the prototype "American Motors Experimental" and in 1968
specialty versions were made which broke world speed and endurance
records at Goodyear track in Texas. These cars had a sporty look
with a dramatic fastback roof line and also incorporated many
industry first in regards to safety.
This clean 1969 AMX is a beautiful example of one of these cars and
you just don't see many of them still around. It has 48,925
original miles on it and it has clearly been well maintained since
new. It has lived a large portion of its life in Texas and is all
rust free. It is painted in a very nice Pearl White with the
signature thin Black dual racing stripes running down the center.
The unique AMC circle badges are in place as well as the thin Gold
pinstripes running around the side window lines. All of the
stainless trim is in great shape as is the chrome bumpers. The
glass is all good too and tinted. The car rides on a set of
original Rally wheels with BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires.
The car was ordered with the largest motor available and is still
sporting its original 390 cubic inch 6.4L V8. These new motors were
specially developed to have a large displacement while minimizing
external dimensions and weight. Uniquely all displacements offered
used the same external block size but each step up including
internal upgrades with the 390 offering larger valves, thicker
block webbing, a forged steel crankshaft, and larger rod bearings.
It has a mostly stock look under the hood with nice chrome valve
covers and the classic Blue/Red AMC air cleaner. A lot of these
came with a 4 speed but this one was special ordered with the
"Shift Command" 3 speed automatic with a floor shifter. The car
drives out really well and has power brakes with disc in front and
power steering. It has a great sound with dual exhaust that exits
out of the rear.
A - AMC
9 - 1969
C - 3 Speed Automatic w/Floor Shifter
3 - AMX
9 - 2 Door Hardtop
7 - AMX
X - 390 4v
146308 - Production Sequence
The interior is all Black and in good shape. It has dual high back
bucket seats that sit to each side of the original center console
with woodgrain accents. One of the unique features on the AMX was
its industry first dash which was injection molded and all 1 piece
for extra safety. Things like that are part of why the AMX was
named "best engineered car of the year" in 1969 and 1970. The car
has its original 140 mph speedometer and tachometer. On the center
of the dash is the temp and oil pressure gauge.
This cool car is very unique and you just don't see many of these
AMX's still out on the road. If you are in the market for a 60's
classic that is going to stand out at all the shows this is one to
Add it to your collection for $41,500.00!
1969 AMC AMX
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