AMX Prototype

1966 AMC AMX Prototype

Offered by Mecum | Chicago, Illinois | October 8-10, 2015

Photo - Mecum

Photo – Mecum

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.

Auctions America Spring Carlisle Highlights

Auctions America’s Spring Carlisle auction featured quite a number of cars. Some of them sold. The International Travelall we featured here, did not. Here are some of the highlights of those that did sell.

Top sale was the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster pictured above. It brought $99,000 and is one of only 10 built in 1957 with this color combination. The next largest sale was a 1969 Buick GS 400 Convertible, bringing $78,650.

Other interesting sales included this 1968 AMC AMX which brought $18,590.

And finally, this special edition 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Le Mans Commemorative Edition built to, well, commemorate Corvette’s back-to-back class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It sold for $28,600.

For complete results, check out Auctions America’s website.