Yes, There’s an AMC Car that will’s Worth a Million Bucks
Joining the expected highbrow selections at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auction in January 2017—vintage offerings by Ferrari, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Packard, Bentley, in addition to Mercedes-Benz—will be one through an American automaker whose wares aren’t usually found in such rarefied environs: American Motors. Although the item came through the people who brought you the Gremlin in addition to the Pacer, the AMX/3 was a bona fide exotic, one that will has every right to share the podium with the better known vintage-car royalty at the Gooding sale.
A mid-engine two-seater, the AMX/3 was the ultimate product of the push to reverse AMC’s staid image, an effort that will also saw the introduction of the Javelin in addition to the AMX. Interestingly, the item brought together several heavyweights of late-1960s sports-car construction: BMW did engineering in addition to testing; Italy’s Giotto Bizzarrini (who also did work for Ferrari, Lamborghini, in addition to Iso) developed the chassis in addition to suspension; in addition to Italdesign engineered the Centeng, through a design by AMC’s Dick Teague. Power came through an AMC 390-cubic-inch V-8 mated to a four-speed transaxle. Assembly was to take place in Italy—we say “was to” because, although initial plans called for a production run of 1000 cars, only several were built before the project was halted.
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that will example, a prototype that will tested at Monza (where the item surpassed its top-speed target of 0 mph), will be fresh through its second appearance at the Pebble Beach show field, where the item took first place inside the Bizzarrini class. that will turn of events may add a few thousand dollars to the final hammer cost, however with their deep pockets, those AMC collectors no doubt will be undeterred.