American Motors, always at a disadvantage
financially compared to the Big 3, arrived late to the pony car party. It
wasn’t until 1968 that they fielded a true contender, the Javelin. Shortly
after that introduction, they chopped off 12” of wheelbase, took out the
back seat, and presto, an AMX is born. A little simplification, but
The AMX sported a standard 290ci 4-barrel V8 with 225hp, but you don’t see
too many of those. Up one notch was the 343ci 4V at 280hp and at the top of
the option sheet was the 390ci V8 with 310hp.
Standard fare included a 4-speed manual transmission (automatic available),
front disc brakes, special suspension, and of course, an appearance package.
Look for the “Go Package” (not available with the 290) and it's upgraded
suspension, posi rear, heavy duty cooling, tach, 140mph speedo and redline
tires. The “Big Bad” color option helps in the muscle image department,
though we haven’t seen a measurable effect on values.
A facelift greeted buyers in 1970, along with a revised (and improved, we
think) dash. The 290 was dropped, and a 360ci V8 replaced the 343. Values
are about the same as the earlier models.
AMC products almost always lag in market value but the AMX and the special
Javelin editions have been making a run of late. The time to make easy money
is probably past, but they’re a unique and fun ride.
(note: this snapshot appeared in the Dec. 2005 issue)
The International AMC Owners Association
AMC Muscle Cars
by Larry G. Mitchell
68 AMX 343/auto
#2 $7,000 s kra 5/05
68 AMX 390/4spd/go pkg #2 $48,000 s mer 5/05
69 AMX 390/4spd
#3 $6,800 s kra 9/04
69 AMX 390/4spd/go pkg #2 $18,000 s lkt
69 AMX 390/4sp/go pkg #2 $10,000 s krac 2/04
70 AMX 390/4sp
#3+ $10,750 s bjaz 1/02
1969 AMX orig 390 and at. Original bill of sale with all dlr books. Runs
good,.nds resto (floors and trunk). All #s match, $4000 obo MA 9/05
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