Prepare to be astounded as we uncover a hidden gem in the form of the 1970 AMC AMX 390 V8. American Motors’ bold attempt at fusing a sports car with a muscular powerhouse resulted in the creation of the AMX, which graced the roads from 1968 to 1970. This sleek 2-seat GT-style performance automobile was essentially a trimmed-down Javelin, boasting a shortened wheelbase of 12 inches. While the AMX eventually transitioned into a hotter version of AMC’s 4-seat pony car, this ’70 edition found itself abandoned until it came into the hands of the current seller. Now residing in Belle Mead, New Jersey, this rare production example has found its way onto eBay, captivating bidders with a current holding price of $4,550. This vintage find is brought to you by the remarkable T.J.
It seems that the production figures for the AMX failed to meet the expectations of even the most meticulous AMC bean counters. With a total of 19,134 units produced over three years, the AMX sales were a mere fraction of the Javelin’s success. The year 1970 witnessed the lowest demand, with only 4,116 AMXs rolling off the production line. Among those, a mere 901 were equipped with both a 390 cubic inch V8 engine and an automatic transmission. As for the particular AMX up for grabs, there is no certainty regarding its current powertrain configuration and whether it matches the original specifications from over five decades ago.
According to the intriguing backstory, the seller unexpectedly acquired this AMX when it was found resting atop a car trailer. Unfortunately, the car lacks proper documentation, leaving its title in question. While no efforts have been made thus far to rectify this situation, the seller did consult the AMC Club of America to explore the feasibility of restoring the vehicle. Although any prior registration with the club remains unmentioned, the body of the car appears to be in fair condition, with only minor surface rust on the frame, potentially sparing it from extensive body shop work.
Presently non-functional, this well-equipped AMX boasts power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning, and even an 8-track tape player—a true relic of its time. The odometer displays 58,100 miles, although its accuracy remains uncertain. The seller, admittedly a devoted Corvette enthusiast, is primarily interested in parting ways with the AMX, eager to free up space in their hangar. With its rarity and potential for restoration, this neglected masterpiece holds incredible promise for the right automotive aficionado.