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AMX Photo Archive

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Since we are doing an AMX Project Car I thought it would be good to take a look back at the historical beginning of the AMX.

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One of the most famous cars was this pink 1968 AMX given to Playboy Playmate Angela

Dorian. Every AMX has a dash plaque with the cars number on it. Angela’s number was

36-24-35; her measurements!

C. L. Zinn II and Iconografix put together a wonderful picture essay of the AMX. The only criticism I have is that the photos are all black and white. However, the photos are an excellent. It also has to be remembered that when these photos were taken black and white was much more the norm than color.

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Here is the original AMX concept car in its final form.


 


What I really liked is the extensive coverage of the initial design development as well as the followup design efforts on the next AMX that, unfortunately, never happened. The unique aspect of this book is the attention to the individuals who were responsible for the design of the car in the prototype and developmental stages. There are a lot of photos of AMX cars that look like production cars but don’t look quite right. The photo captions explain the differences on these preproduction cars.

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This is a rendering for the never built 1971 2-seat AMX. In 1971 AMC decided to do a “Thunderbird” on the AMX and make it a four seater. Unfortunately, it was simply nothing more than an optioned Javelin.

If you like the AMX or AMC performance cars this is a must have book for your self. If you like to read about cars other than the typical Chevy or Ford this is a good book for you.

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This the AMX that Craig Breedlove and his wife Lee Breedlove set 106 American, national, and international land speed records in.

It is a book you can sit down and thumb through and enjoy all the photos but it is also one that when you are ready to read it you are rewarded with useful information.

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This is a photograph dated April 1968 and shows the Corvette killer AMX. It would have been a mid-engined machine that Corvette never was.

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Here is another version of the mid-engined AMX. This one was a running prototype and called the AMX/3. What would the Corvettes be today if lowly little AMC had produced a wild mid-engined sports car like this?

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This is a clay version of an earlier AMX/3.

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  1. Don Mebius says:

    Just a note – I was a wide-eyed 16 year old when my Dad had a visit arranged at American Motors in 1969. He purchased many cars for a national fleet, and the AMC’s were a great addition to the fleet. They were aware of my budding interest in automotive design (I had sent them a wagon sketch of a first generation Javelin) so they asked Dad to bring me along. I was given a grand tour of the styling department, showing me 1971 model cars and 1972 interiors. They also showed me some of their show cars – one that really caught my attention, and I have never seen anything mentioned of it, was an original AMX with the next generation Javelin front end on it. It was magnificent! It was done in silver metallic and red corduroy interior. My tour guide, Richard Alexander, mentioned that it was a one-off, but that I was looking at a new Javelin front end. If only…..

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