Monday, April 11, 2011

AMX/3 - American Motors and Bizzarrini Team Up

by Mike -

In 1969 American Motors Corporation (AMC) was a distant fourth in automobile production in the United States and wanted to do something dramatic to try and change the outlook of their business. They introduced the AMX/2 mid-engine concept car at the 1969 Chicago Auto Show. Although this was just a rolling chassis it generated some attention.

AMC needed help to turn this dream into a reality so they contacted Giotto Bizzarrini who was having business troubles of his own.

Above is Giotto Bizzarrini on the left and Beppe Nieri, Bizzarrini's test driver, leaning on an AMX/3. Photos by Flavio Pieri.

The engine for the AMX/3 was an AMC 390 cid V8 putting out 340 hp. It accelerated to 60 MPH in just 5.5 seconds. By all accounts the AMX/3 was an excellent car and handled very well. BMW also made contributions to the AMX/3. 

Below the Bizzarrini team is working on the AMX/3. Photos by Flavio Pieri.

Unfortunately AMC ran out of money and Bizzarrini was distracted by his own problems so the project was halted after only five cars were made.

This yellow car above was at Pebble Beach in 2006.

This red car above was owned by Dick Teague of AMC. Sweet dreams unfulfilled.

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