Tuesday, May 8, 2018

AMC - AMX/3

American Motors Corporation (AMC) came into existence on 1 May 1954 with the merger of Nash and Hudson, and focused on producing compact cars. But AMC didn’t have the budget to compete with the Big Three. In an attempt to revitalize its image, in 1968 American Motors introduced the two-seat AMX coupe. Power came from a 315bhp 390ci V8 – enough to get to 60mph in 6.6 seconds, and through the quarter-mile in 14.8.
Giotto Bizzarrini, of ex-Ferrari fame, was responsible for making a production worthy AMX/3. Bizzarrini’s final AMC/3 featured the hallmark of sports engineering, a mid-mounted engine and rear transaxle. Due to the successful launch of the low price Pantera, AMC scrapped the AMX/3 project.
Bizzarrini was ordered to destroy all six cars, which he did not.  It remains unclear how many survived.

In late 2016 an AMX/3 changed hands for $891,000