Why Doesn't The AMC AMX Get More Love?

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I have one huge beef with the classic American car scene, and it’s that you tend to just see the same stuff over and over and over again. Mustang, Camaro, GTO, Bel-Air. There’s so much great vintage American iron that goes unloved, like this 1969 AMC AMX.


Yeah, I get parts are rare and expensive for these things compared to the stuff from Ford, Chrysler and GM. But what kind of price tag can you put on being different?

AMCs in general are some of my favorite American cars just because they’re kind of weird and quirky and atypical. The AMX was among American Motors’ more interesting offerings. Only around for three model years, it was powered by a range of V8s and notable for the fact that it only had two seats, making it more of a sports car than a lot of other muscle cars.

This (free!) episode of /DRIVEN highlights a green and white-striped 1969 AMX with a 390 V8, and its owner Hobie says hearing “Nice car, what is it?” is just one of the many joys of owning it.

“When you’re into AMCs, you want something different, rather than having something the same as everybody else has,” he says.

Amen, sir.

Contact the author at patrick@jalopnik.com.


That other car guy

There is a very basic answer to the question. How many of you have actually been in an AMX or a Javelin for that matter? Now how many of you have been in a Mustang? a Camero? etc. People have memories of certain cars that they try to relive. You also have people who follow a brand, you know the die hard Ford guys etc. There has not been something with an AMC badge on it in about 20 years (I am sure somebody will Google when Chrysler finally killed the badge).