The American Motor Company was known for doing things a little differently than everyone else. When AMC decided to jump on the Pony car bandwagon, they went about building something that was a little different than everything else on the market. The Javelin and the AMX were their answer to the Mustang and the Camaro, but they were a different breed of pony. This 1969 AMC AMX is still sporting its original Big Bad Green paint and is a true survivor. It can be found here on eBay.
The AMX was built off of the Javelin, but was meant to be more of a sports car. The AMX was actually the first steel-bodied American sports car since Ford ended production of the 1957 Thunderbird. It was often compared to the only other American sports car on the market at the time, the Corvette. It was a confusing car for car enthusiasts, as it was both a sports car and a muscle car. Not only could it smoke the tires, but it could actually make a turn at high speeds.
One could order their AMX with a variety of V8 engines, ranging in size from 290 cui all the way up to 390 cui. This car was optioned with the Big Bad Green paint, but the smallest of the V8 engines. The 290 V8 was good for 225 hp, but was considerably lighter than the range topping 390. Automotive journalists were extremely impressed with its handling and acceleration when it was released in ’68. It also garnered a lot of attention for its advanced engineering and many new safety features.
The seller’s photos don’t show much detail of the interior, but from what we can see it looks good. The odometer currently shows 53,510 miles and given how nice the car looks, we believe it. We are glad to see this car came with the four speed transmission, instead of the slushbox. Even though it doesn’t have a 420 hp engine, we imagine it would still be a blast to drive.
The value of the AMX has really dropped in recent years, which most would see as a negative, but we think it’s a huge plus. AMC only built 619 of these in ’69 and very few came in this bright green paint, making this not only a great value, but also a rare collectable. We have no doubt this will be a very sought after car someday, especially if it’s kept original. While we wish this car had the Go Package, we love the Big Bad Green paint and we would like to have it.