Chuck Page and Rick Mullaney met when they both received a free trip to an exotic land courtesy of good ol’ Uncle Sam. It was 1968, and the call to arms brought both young men halfway around the world to Vietnam, after the 18-year-olds enlisted to proudly serve their country in the United States Marines Corps. The men ended up at the Northern Artillery Containment, a small artillery base just outside Da Nang, serving with the 1st Battalion, 13th Marines, 1st Marine Division. During their year-long tour of duty, realizing they both had a few things in common, the two became steadfast friends. In addition to the task of staying out of harm’s way, the lure of fast cars and cute girls struck a note between the two Marines and helped them form a quick friendship. Chuck was receiving regular letters from a girl in Connecticut he had met during family summer vacations in Cape Cod. Turns out Rick was from a town close to the young lass. Since Rick was single, he told Chuck he would … [Read more...] about 1970 AMC AMX – Real Americans
Anyone can build a Chevy, but it takes a unique person to build an off-brand. There we said it, and it’s out in the open. You can argue all you want, but talk to anyone who builds a nonmainstream muscle car and they will quickly tell you that they have to be way more creative and resourceful to build a redheaded stepchild from the same era as your Chevelle or Camaro. Of course, that’s also the exact same argument that Chevy guys will use to justify their marque of choice—it’s easier and more affordable, so they can concentrate on taking the car to the next level. Jimi Day not only took his ’69 AMC AMX that he affectionately calls AMXess to the next level, he did so with a car that is rare to see in any form. Most AMC owners are not that way by accident. Something has to click with them at an early age, drawing them to a brand that society discarded. Jimi says he was a car guy from the time he was 9 years old, helping his dad work on the family fleet of … [Read more...] about 1969 AMC AMX – The Hard Way
This car was made to be driven hard and rest assured I drive as it was intended to be.–Raymond Hatcher Fast Facts ’70 AMC AMX Mopar Power Engine: While not exactly a B- or RB-engine, since AMC was adopted by Chrysler, we’ll give the little 390 some love. It was given to Jack’s Machine Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada, and bored .060-inch over which now makes it 400-inches–maybe it could be a B-block? The crankshaft and connecting rods are stock, steel AMC, while the pistons are Forged Ross pieces. The camstick is an Elgin piece with .520-inch lift, and 234-degrees of duration. It’s relatively mild, but it gets the job done. The heads are stock with a good valve job. Up top is an Edelbrock intake with an E-brock 800 cfm carburetor. Finishing it off are a set of Hedman Hedders, and an MSD ignition. Transmission: This rocket came with a row-your-own, Borg-Warner T-10 box. Rear: In the AMC world, an 8-7/8 inch axle is the unit of choice, and this is filled … [Read more...] about 1970 AMC AMX – Web Exclusive Photos!
Without a doubt, the 1970 AMC AMX gracing these pages is a great example of a classic American muscle car. It’s also one of the more understated you’re apt to encounter, and truth be told, that’s the way a huge number of the genre were delivered when new. These days, however, it’s the brightly hued, striped, multicarbed and/or massive engine iterations that seem to garner all the glory. We even admit to inadvertently playing a role in propagating the myth that most muscle cars were such top dogs, largely because they are the cars that get the bulk of the extensive and expert restorations we like to cover. So it turns out that Tony Lucas’ AMX is a reality check of sorts, representing the way it really was back in the day and highlighting the quality that can be achieved by an enthusiastic hobbyist given adequate time and money. Barring a handful of carefully chosen and nearly transparent deviations, this car is the way it was delivered in 1970, from the … [Read more...] about 1970 AMC AMX – Two Seats, Will Travel
It’s not easy being a diehard fan of an underdog. When it comes to automotive underdogs, it’s hard to find a fan base that rivals the tenacity of the American Motors Corporation lovers. AMC has one of the most loyal following of any deceased brand, but it’s true. Twenty-seven years after being purchased by Chrysler, there are still plenty of people who only build AMC muscle. Dennis Allen is one of those guys, but he came by it honest considering his childhood. Allen was fortunate enough to grow up during the muscle car years, so he at least got to see the very best AMC had to offer. But Allen had it even better than the rest of us; his dad actually owned an AMC car dealership. That means not only was Allen up close and personal with the cars when they were fresh out of the Kenosha plant, he got to see them before anyone else in town. His dad must have been a pretty nice guy too, since Allen even found his way behind the wheel of all of the coolest cars AMC was … [Read more...] about Homebuilt 1970 AMC AMX Goes Down The (Faster!) Road Less Traveled
In 1969, a family that lived next to our church bought a new 1969 AMX. I was 12 years old. Soon after they bought it they had it painted red, white, and blue. When that car went past I just stood and stared. I remember thinking, Maybe someday I’ll have one. In 2009 that day came. I accidentally ran across one that had been restored and then traded in for a new Dodge truck in Illinois. After a few upgrades the car was finally finished. It’s a red, true 390/four-speed/Go-Pac car with 37,000 miles. In 2012 at a car show in Wisconsin I saw a gold 1969 AMX. It was also a 390/four-speed/Go-Pac car that was pretty much the way it came from the factory. It had a special-order center armrest, the factory trunk mat, factory spare tire, and the bottle of gas to blow it up. It had less than 40,000 miles on it. Out of curiosity I tracked down the owner in that town to see if it was for sale. “Not really,” was the answer. He was going to restomod it with blue paint, Camaro … [Read more...] about Muscle car enthusiast Kevin Ward and his 1969 AMC AMX.
Every once in a while a car appears seemingly out of thin air and stirs up a big pot of healthy conversation. Usually, this frenetic firestorm of full-fledged verbal combat gets bolstered by a few factors, the most agitating of which is the fact that a lack of vital information exists on the subject car. Then add to the mix its sudden appearance after 40-plus years of non-existence, and you have a recipe for some serious conversational conflict. This bizarro AMX is one of those cars. While cruising the Internet one night, keeping an eye out for thought-provoking muscle for sale, I ran across an interesting modified car. This particular AMC was a hot-rodded two-seater with styling cues based on typical modifications drag and road racers did to their respective rides. It was definitely an intriguing piece, especially to anyone remotely interested in late ’60s muscle. Which I am. I was immediately hooked. The car in question was a 1968 AMX. The seller’s description of the car … [Read more...] about The 30-Year Mystery of the Von Piranha 1968 AMC AMX
The 1960s and 1970s were a great time to be drag racing. All the car companies were involved to some degree, and the state-of-the-art was evolving at an incredibly rapid pace. Engines were on a steady march forward in horsepower, while savvy builders kept making the cars lighter and lighter. Back then, drivers like Grumpy Jenkins, Dick Landy, Dick Brannon, and Shirley Shahan were national heroes. Shirley was a gifted driver who started her racing career driving Chevy and Mopar before moving to the AMC stable in 1969. She quickly got up to speed driving a Super Stock/D SS/AMX to a number of records, and was immediately recognizable by her trademark “Drag-On-Lady” lettering on the car’s sides. She was a popular hero among both women and men, and would race with AMC until late 1971. Move the clock forward some four and a half decades and her accomplishments are still celebrated by AMC fan Joe Brown of Xenia, Ohio. His attachment to American Motors came from the days he … [Read more...] about Tribute to Shirley Shahan’s Drag-On-Lady 1969 AMC AMX Is As Fast As 1969 Original
1970 American Motors Corporation AMX/3 is up for sale on eBay Motors, and once complete would likely make you very popular at any car show this summer.The AMC AMX/3 was meant to be the automaker's halo model by combining svelte, European styling and the company's own V8 mounted behind the driver. However, the plan never quite worked out. Famous Italian designer Giotto Bizzarrini crafted the sharp-nosed shape, but the impending five-mile-per-hour bumper mandate in the US and rising costs scuttled the project. Before that could happen a handful of examples were completed, though.According to the seller of this example, it was the fourth prototype built and was on display at the Turin Motor Show when new. When AMC shut down the AMX/3 project, the company sold off the completed vehicles, and this one has remained with the original owner since then. At some point, the car was put into storage, but it recently began a restoration. The owner has only just decided to sell the coupe.The auction … [Read more...] about eBay Find of the Day: Ultra-rare AMC AMX/3 prototype ready for restoration
In 1981 the CART/PPG Indy Car series was in its third year. Formed in 1979 by racing teams who had split from the previous sanctioning body, USAC, over how races were promoted, the way that television contracts were handled and what they believed to be the small size of the winners’ purses, the ‘81 PPG Indy Car World Series had 11 races on the schedule and featured drivers like Rick Mears, Johnny Rutherford and Mario Andretti. In time the series would go on to become the sole sanctioning body for all of Indy Car racing, but in 1981 the series was still in its infancy and, despite having Indy Car as a part of it name, did not even include the Indianapolis 500 among its officially sanctioned events.To help promote the series, CART/PPG approached several major American auto manufacturers and asked them each to construct pace cars for the different events. Five manufacturers responded, including American Motors, who produced a custom bodied AMX. Based on the production … [Read more...] about Vintage AMC AMX PPG Indy Car World Series Pace Car Up For Sale