EXCELLENT DRIVER, 390CI MOTOR RUNS GREAT, AUTO, READY TO CRUISE
For reasons nobody has ever been able to explain, the AMX has never quite become as famous or as desirable as the more common Camaros and Mustangs of the period. The good news is that this 1969 AMC AMX is available for a bargain price, bringing a 390 cubic inch V8, a slick 2-seater body, and plenty of performance.
Maybe the world just wasn't ready for a 2-seat muscle car in 1969, but the AMX pulls it off. Obviously born with Javelin DNA in its veins, it is shorter, chunkier, and definitely more aggressive-looking and the proportions are exactly right. The long hood and fastback profile combined with the bright Matador Red paint and white stripes certainly gives the AMX a high-performance look that's more than just for show. It was restored a few years ago, so it's not a trailer queen, but for the price this is a nice-looking cruiser that will get plenty of second glances on the road. It wears a stock flat hood, and there's also a painted louver set available to the new owner (call for more details). The simple black grille with tiny AMX badge, the ribbed rocker panel moldings, and the slim taillights that hug the rear bumper all look great and the chrome really is quite nice all around.
AMC really nailed the muscle car look inside, with pleated bucket seats flanking a center console and a racy twin-cockpit dash. The seats are in very good condition and it's hard to say whether the upholstery is new or original, but either way there will be no complaints. Simple black carpets cover the package area behind the seats, and the door panels are in very good shape. The woodgrained center stack and console are matched by the deep-dish steering wheel and the factory gauges have cool white centers that were decades ahead of their time. A later Sony AM/FM/cassette stereo fits neatly in the center of the dash, just ahead of the shifter, and the upper area where the radio speaker used to live is kind of cool in an old-school Hi-Fi kind of way. And even with the storage area behind the seats, the trunk is plenty spacious and comes complete with its own carpet to add a finished look.
The 390 cubic inch V8 was one of AMC's more potent powerplants in 1969 and was fully rebuilt in 2007 and has been driven very little since then. With an .030 overbore, new pistons, and a bit more compression from shaved heads, it's a very strong runner that puts its light curb weight to good use. The engine bay was detailed in flashy red and blue livery that seems to suit the all-American AMX, plus a few chrome bits just for show. Ceramic-coated long-tube headers and a custom exhaust system with glasspack-style mufflers gives it a throaty V8 sound that leaves no question about the performance potential of this 2-seater. The 3-speed automatic transmission powers a set of 3.55 gears out back, which are a good compromise between acceleration and comfortable highway cruising. And for fans of '70s performance, the aluminum wheels will look very familiar and look exactly right wrapped in 205/70/14 front and 245/60/14 rear white-letter radials.
The good news is that you can have a bright red V8-powered 2-seater for pennies on the dollar with this unusual AMX. Why wait, call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Cassette Player
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Tilt Wheel
- Vinyl Interior
- Maintenance Records
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