1966 AMC AMX Prototype
Offered by Mecum | Chicago, Illinois | October 8-10, 2015
Collectible AMC vehicles are few and far between. The AMX is usually the go to, as it was American Motors’ premier muscle car. But this AMX is special – it’s an original factory prototype from two years prior to the model’s official introduction.
AMC toured a AMX prototype around the country and it generated excitement (a reaction they probably weren’t used to). So they decided to continue with the program and commissioned two fiberglass prototypes built for testing and development purposes. These test mules were lightweight four seaters with a sharp shark nose. The production cars would have two seats and steel bodies and the styling was toned down a bit as well.
In 1971, a worker at an AMC assembly plant walked up to the head of AMC and asked if he could have of the prototypes, since they were about to be destroyed. And they said yes, selling it to him on a scrap title for $50.
It is a fully functional car – powered by a 5.6-liter V-8 making 280 horsepower. The other car was likely scrapped, making this the only pre-production AMX in existence. AMCs are pretty interesting because they are unusual – this one, even more so. Click here for more info and here for more from Mecum.
Update: Failed to sell, high bid of $125,000.