Name: AMC AMX
Birth Date: 1968
Public Debut: 2-15-68, Daytona International Speedway
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Ambitions: When I was born, I thought I could help AMC improve its image as a better value, steel-bodied, two-seat rival to the Corvette. American Motors VP Vic Raviolo even called me the “Walter Mitty Ferrari,” and hertz included me in its rent-a-racer program. But not enough people bought me.
Turn-Ons: Drag races and fast cornering. That’s not an unusual combination now, but in my day, my platform was a rarity for doing both competently. I’d be even faster with the optional 390-cubic-inch V-8.
Turnoffs: I really didn’t enjoy those re-sprays as I grew older, but I think my original owner was on a budget. In retrospect it could’ve been worse. I mean, at least she never shot me.
Favorite Men: Mark Melvin saved me from a used-car lot purgatory and sprang for this face-lift, so I love him. And then there’s Roger Penske, Mark Donahue, and Ron Kaplan. The Trans-Am racing series was so long ago that I can barely remember, but I knew anyone who could give the Javelin a good reputation would be rich one day.
Guilty Pleasure: I like wearing chains. Well, I have to: I’m one of the few AMC survivors without four-wheel drive.
1968 AMC AMX
- Engine: 4.8-liter V-8/225 hp, 300 lb-ft
- Transmission: 3-speed automatic
- Height: 51.7″
- Width: 71.6″
- Wheelbase: 97.0″
- Weight: 3,164 lb
- 8.2 sec (est)
- 1/4-Mile: 16.5 sec @ 85 mph (est)
- Top Speed: 108 mph (est)