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AJ's Car of the Day '69 AMC AMX 390

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Car: AMC AMX 390

Year: 1969

What makes it special: The two-seater AMC AMX was a GT style Sports car offering from American Motors Corporation from 1968 through 1970. It was given muscle car status as well. It was unique due to its shortened wheelbase, and was the only other steel bodied two-seater since Ford's first generation Thunderbirds. Also, the AMX was widely considered a competitor with America's only other two-seater of the era, Chevrolet's Corvette.

What made it famous: The AMX offered high performance at an affordable price when equipped with the optional high-compression medium block 390 cu in AMC V8. It was all part of AMC's larger plan to refocus AMC's image on performance and to bring younger customers into its dealer showrooms. After three model years, the two-seater version was discontinued, and the AMX's badging was transferred to a high-performance version of its 4-seater sibling Javelin from 1971-1974.

Why I would want one: It's a piece of automotive history, being only one of two steel bodied two-seater American offerings, and the only steel bodied two-seater muscle car. It's a cool looking, high performance car the likes of which we will most likely never see again. Love the optional "Chin Spoiler" too !

Fun fact: The "AMX" name originated from the "American Motors eXperimental" code used on a concept vehicle and on two prototypes that were shown at the company's "Project IV" automobile show tour in 1966.

(1969 AMC AMX 390 photo from musclecarcalendar.com)


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