The AMC AMX is a two-seater sports car produced by American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1968 to 1970. It was designed as a direct competitor to the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang, and was one of the first American-made cars to feature a short wheelbase and a long hood.
The first generation AMX was introduced in 1968 and was available with two engine options: a 290 cubic inch V8 producing 225 horsepower, or a 390 cubic inch V8 producing 315 horsepower. The car’s design featured a sloping roofline, long hood, and a short rear deck, with a distinctive grille and taillight treatment. The AMX was praised for its handling and performance, and won several SCCA racing championships in its first year.
In 1969, the AMX received a few updates, including a longer 112-inch wheelbase and a new optional 390 cubic inch engine with 340 horsepower. The car’s styling remained largely the same, although a new optional package called the “Go Package” was introduced, which included performance upgrades such as power disc brakes, a limited-slip differential, and heavy-duty suspension.
The final year of the AMX’s production was 1970, and it received a complete redesign with a longer body and revised styling. The new car was now available with a 360 cubic inch V8 engine producing 290 horsepower, and a new high-performance version called the “AMX/3” was also introduced. The AMX/3 was a mid-engine sports car that was developed in collaboration with Italian sports car maker Giotto Bizzarrini, but only six prototypes were ever built.