Curbside Outtake: 1970 AMX – Wisconsin Muscle

Last March, I spotted this pristine 1970 AMC AMX parked on the street in Staunton, Virginia, on the west side of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley. The vanity plates give the year, plus a quick Wiki search indicates that the 1970 model, the final year of production, featured a full-width grille encircling the headlights. Also new for 1970 were the dual “power blisters” on the hood.

1969 AMX pictured at left

1969 AMX pictured at left


The AMX was a sporty 2-seater produced for only 3 model years, 1968-70. However, the same basic platform was used for the 4-seat Javelin, produced for two generations from 1968-74.

This particular car appears to be in original condition including the wheels. The chrome rocker trim simulates lakes pipes on the base model. Higher line models appeared to use real lakes pipes.

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According to Wiki, production figures for the AMX were 6725 units for the 1968 model year, 8293 for 1969, and 4116 for 1970.  Like so many AMC cars that preceded it, the car started out as a modest success (’68 models came out in February of that year) but then declined not long afterward.  The AMX was discontinued after 1970 for the same reasons other muscle cars were axed–high insurance rates and the prospect of stricter emissions controls.