The 1969 AMC AMX Was Uniquely Glorious

Steven Symes
The 1969 AMC AMX Was Uniquely Glorious

Not quite a pure muscle car, the AMX was in a class all its own.

Back in the day, American Motors was hanging on as one of the last surviving American automakers outside of the Big Three. This 1969 AMC AMX puts on display some of the interesting, slightly unconventional ideas the company brought to market. After all, it’s a coupe with two seats, yet from the outside it looks like it has at least room for four if not five. Thanks to Garage Kept Motors, this well-preserved, interesting car will pass down to future generations.

To say the exterior of this AMX is cherry would be an understatement. The Bittersweet Orange paint has been preserved to a level that would generate plenty of admiration at any show. If you think the level of preservation is excellent on this car, it’s partly because this thing hasn’t been driven all that much over the past several decades. There are only 5,279 original miles, meaning the AMC is barely broken in.

That lack of use also shows with the interior. A nice Saddle color scheme compliments the exterior paint. Everything from the carpeting to the headliner, plus the seats, gauges, and controls are all as they were when this ride was brand new. To call this vehicle a time capsule of sorts wouldn’t be an understatement.

Housed under the unique hood is a potent 390ci V8 engine, producing a peak 315 horsepower. It works with a nice 4-speed manual transmission, so you get to feel a close connection to all the power as you cruise down winding country roads. This particular AMX is packing the Go Package, which came with some performance upgrades. The independent wishbone front suspension and coil springs, combined with an anti-roll bar, translate into excellent handling.

Essentially a shortened version of the Javelin, the AMX was both sporty and surprisingly useful for everyday life. Production only ran for the 1968 through 1970 model years with only 19,134 made, so this is a highly sought-after and extremely collectible piece of American muscle.

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