1970 American Motors AMX. Finished in Red on Red, this AMX underwent a recent RESTORATION. All newer interior, seats, carpet, headliner, rubber seals and weather stripping throughout, door panels, and restored dash with faux wood finish and new pad. Factory correct AM radio works. Additional upgrades and features include: Power steering, A/C, power disc brakes, new clutch, new radiator and hoses, electronic ignition, and chrome air cleaner. Chrome Magnum 500-style wheels with Uniroyal raised white lettered radial tires. Driven (we estimate) only a few hundred miles since the restoration. American Motors was formed in the 1954 merger of Hudson Motors and Nash-Kelvinator. It was the brain child of George Mason of Kelvinator and at the time was the largest corporate merger ever attempted and was worth $198 million. In 1958 the Nash and Hudson marques were dropped in favor of the single Rambler marque. During these years AMC was known for various automotive technology break throughs. The most notable was electronic fuel injection. The feature was never adopted as electronic components were not up to under hood duty in the 1950’s and the technology was sold to Bosch who introduced it many years later and is used today in virtually every car. Some model names of note are Ambassador, Classic, American, Rebel, Pacer, Javelin, and AMX. In the 1960’s the industry changed with massive leaps in horsepower as the Big Three introduced both high horsepower big block and small block V8’s. The Javelin and AMX were introduced in 1968 to fill the Muscle/Pony car niche controlled largely by GM (Chevelle, GTO, Camaro, and Firebird) and Ford (Mustang, Cougar, Fairlane, and Torino). Of the two, the AMX was the muscle car. It had a curb weight of just 2,700 pounds, had just two seats and under the hood you could get a 360 cu in four-barrel (290 hp P-code) as this example is equipped (we dont know if it’s the original engine) with or the 390 V8 engine which generated around 400hp although the advertised horsepower was 325 in an effort to keep insurance rates low (a practice also followed by the big three). In 1969 AMC changed its marque from Rambler to American Motors. The change was made because Rambler had become synonymous with small, low horsepower economy cars which were out of step with the times. The AMX was built as a separate name plate in 1968, 1969 and 1970. When the Javelin was redesigned in 1971, AMX became an option package for the Javelin eliminating the separate name plate. Low production numbers in 1970 (only 2,500 were built) caused the change. This very hard-to-come-by AMX is equipped with, we believe to be the correct 360ci V8 engine, four-barrel carb, newly rebuilt Borg Warner four speed manual transmission with Hurst Shifter (car was born as an automatic, which is actually lower production than 4spd cars with a 390 engine). Before we took ownership, a previous owner began an exhaustive restoration on this car. Included in the restoration was engine, rebuilding the transmission, full body work, paint, chrome, trim, glass, stainless steel, badging, suspension, brakes, gas tank, fuel lines, drive line, exhaust, coolant system, ignition system, and full interior. This beautiful car looks great and only needs a little more attention to be a complete turn key show piece quality driver. Items yet to function are the instruments/gauges, horn, heat, A/C and wipers. Occasionally the car will backfire when cold. The steering wheel has some cracking and some minor interior trim pieces need replacing and or adjusting. If you enjoy a little doing things yourself, this rare AMX wont take much to be completely, show ready and cruise night cruising.
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Originally listed on June 27, 2018.
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Location: Bettendorf, Iowa, United States