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1969 AMC AMX
Rumors persist that every 19681970 AMX started life as a full-size Javelin body shell. Once assembled, a 12-inch chunk was sliced from behind the front seats on a specialized modification line. This is not true. Though AMC worked with a much smaller budget than its Detroit competitors, this level of hand fabrication would have been far too costly. The fact is AMC body engineers designed a specific body shell for the two-seat AMX. Thus, two-seat AMXs (97-inch wheelbase) and five-seat Javelins (109-inch wheelbase) employed dedicated body shells that traveled down the same Kenosha, Wisconsin, assembly line on their way toward completion as finished automobiles.
A 3-owner consignment of the 1969 AMC AMX. Consigner states and documents a recent engine rebuild as well as a transmission overhaul. An X Code 390ci V8, M-12 automatic, full solex tinted glass, and a respray from 20 years ago that still has its Frost White luster. A great design which in its day was the muscle car to have, and still is! Come and get it...ding... ding.... ding...
Sitting on American Racing Torque Thrust 5 spoke wheels this racy car with its long front hood and beautiful long sloping back has its luster on the Frost White paint from 20 years ago. Just a few cosmetic pimples of rust showing mostly on the lower doors. Gaps are decent, and badging is kept to a minimum with a simple circular AMX on the wide B pillar. Chrome is minimal as well with just the bumpers which are inset into the body on the front and rear. A ribbed stainless rocker trim is also seen grounding the white along with the wheels. Looking at this design it was really ahead of its time with the inset door handles, and the flush mounted bumpers. Dual chrome tipped exhaust pipes peek out from underneath the rear bumper..smoke 'em if ya got 'em, and this car does!
Grabbing onto the inset door handle and giving it a swing, we see a clean black vinyl smooth panel covering the door, a large rectangle of wood appliqu is framed by thin chrome and houses the window crank. A big armrest and door actuator for the inside is also hung on the middle of the interior doors. Moving inside dual high back buckets with tuck and roll inserts and smooth bolsters and headrests all in black vinyl and all looking fab. A wood appliqu center console races from front to back and houses the shifter as well as camouflages the center hump. In the center of the dash rising out of the center console is a lighter and "ash " receiver, AM/FM radio and another large wood appliqu panel with 2 round vents and a hidden speaker which curves itself on to the dash top. In front of the tri pointed star center, wood rimmed steering wheel is the original dash with a trio of inserts circular gauges with white centers and black ringed outers. Temp and fan controls are deeply inset to drivers left as are the headlight and wiper knobs. Very nice black carpet covers the floors and with no rear seat, there is plenty of storage and black carpet covering the "hatchback" rear interior. A seam free, smooth black headliner hovers above all this 1969 design interior.
With being the beneficiary of a complete engine rebuild, the original 390ci V8 which still pumps out 315 HP is topped with a 4-barrel Holley 750 CFM carburetor. On the back is a 3-speed M-12 automatic transmission and this throws power rearward to an AMC Twin Grip 3.15 rear axle. There is a rebuilt correct fuel pump with a vacuum pump, a K&N air filter within a shiny round air filter holder with a blue and red surrounding stripe. This is all within a highly detailed engine bay, with no corrosion and supple hoses and aluminum ribbed Edelbrock valve covers.
Underneath is rust free with white unibody rockers, floorpans and toe kicks. A black painted rust-free driveshaft and rear pumpkin are seen as well as black painted drum brakes and suspension all around. The bottom end of the engine is drip free with a nice transmission bell housing. New trunnions, ball joints, tie rod ends, bushings, idler arm and bearings are seen on the suspension and steering, and the consigner stated the drive shaft has been balanced. A Dynomax dual muffler system is installed
She fired right up and on the test track was a pleasure to drive. This car offers up lots of interior room, while maintaining its sportiness and somewhat compact size. Smooth acceleration, good handling, solid stopping, and quiet shifting for the automatic were experienced. The A/C is inoperable, and the tachometer was intermittent, as well as the wipers which struggled to go across the glass but ultimately did make it.
A great example of the AMC muscle car version direct from the time machine of 1969. Beautiful pony car lines with the long front and over exaggerated sloping rear, this 2 door is cool. It is also nicely preserved, and
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