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Fiberglass Prototype Would Have Made the AMX a More Direct Corvette Competitor

Posted September 08, 2015 1:00 PM by dstrohl
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Fiberglass or steel? For most cars headed for volume production, the answer is obvious: Steel is inexpensive, easy to work with, and long lasting. But for AMC's two-seater AMX, the inevitable comparisons to the Corvette made that decision a little tougher and worth the time and expense to build at least a couple prototype fiberglass AMXs, the last of which will head to auction this fall.

In the mid-1960s, the Chevrolet Corvette dominated the domestic two-seat sports car field - easy to do considering it had been essentially the only game in town for almost a decade. And then came along American Motors with its AMX concept, first exhibited at car shows as a non-running mockup in early 1966 and then as a Vignale-bodied runner in the latter half of the year.

Check out this fiberglass muscle car concept on Hemmings.

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09/08/2015 7:24 PM

AMC cornered the market on ugly. Just one person's opinion.

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09/08/2015 10:25 PM

They did. But our Driver Training Car (the one we liked best, anyway) in California, in my High School Driver Training Class, was a 390CI 4-bbl carbed Rambler Javelin (the 4 seat dulled down brother of the AMX) and it was more fun than a barrel of monkeys to drive. Of course, why anyone with a lick of sense would put a trio of teens into a car like that with a drive training instructor boggles the mind. Even more mind-boggling is the fact that he came back, in THAT car, for the 4 straight weeks of our class.

But I did have fun learning to drive in it, and he was REALLY cool about it! Must have either had nerves of steel, or a corner on the Valium market.

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09/09/2015 1:07 PM

Oh, man. You were lucky. Our driver's ed car in 1978 was some four-banger asthmatic thing with a one-barrel carburetor that couldn't get out of it's own way. I don't remember if it was a GM or Chrysler product. It definitely wasn't a Ford. This thing was so slow it was dangerous trying to merge into highway traffic. My oldest brother's Citation could dust the doors off this thing.

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09/09/2015 1:27 PM

Yep. We had fun. Two testosterone laden guys and one knock-out girl, who could probably out-drive us, but liked us too much to make us look bad. I don't know how that DE instructor stayed sane, and DIDN'T have white hair.

If I remember right, the girl in the class grew up driving her Dad's truck around the truck farm before she was 8, so for her, driving was ho-hum, done this, been here, what's next. For us guys, it was time to impress everyone, but especially her.

Must have something to do with California, San Jose, 1970, versus where you were, 1978. Maybe sanity set in before you started? Or maybe you just lived in a sane state? (California hasn't, to my knowledge, EVER been a sane state. Pockets of sanity here and there, but not as a rule.)

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09/09/2015 1:28 PM

Oops, didn't realize you are in Maryland. No sanity, there, for sure.

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09/09/2015 1:36 PM

I live here now, but I was raised in Hingham, Taxachussetts, just south of Boston. My current state of residence has taken a slight breath of sanity with our most recent election (shocked me for sure) but I figure it won't be long before the Miller and Busch types get us back into the tax and spend routine.

You may have noticed that Gov. Larry Hogan rolled back some the crazy tolls that Gov. Marty Owe'Malley foisted on us.

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09/09/2015 4:19 PM

I noticed a lot of things Governor Hogan did, and even more, that Maryland voters did. What happened to the Libs? Did they stay home? How long will it take for them to try to find him "mentally incompetent" or worse? The screaming and groaning of the entire state kept me awake after that last election. I thought it was either "wailing and moaning and gnashing of teeth", or the state was about to experience the worst localized earthquake in world history.

I hope he doesn't go the way of so many promising pols, turning out to be long on rhetoric, to get elected, but a fizzled firework when it comes to moving forward on all jets.

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09/09/2015 8:57 PM

I think many Marylanders finally 'had enough' of the fleecing of their wallets. Lt Gov. Brown had no campaign platform other than to attack Hogan and he didn't offer anything more than four more years of Owe'Malley. I'm sure he's a decent person and but he just did not inspire anybody.

Gov. Hogan has made good on some of his intentions but I don't know "the score" at this point. I am very happy, as most Marylanders are about rolling back the onerous tolls that Owe'Malley instituted to pay for his pet transportation projects that were going to cost billions yet provide benefit to a precious few (and the construction companies of course). It will be a continuous uphill battle for him given both houses of the state are still dominated by the other party.

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09/09/2015 9:39 PM

Yeah, sigh. It's that "other party domination" that makes the great system of politics in America, at any level, fail.

I wish Governor Hogan the best, and I wish Marylanders even better. Living in Virginia, we've had our ups and downs, but it seems to me, after 35 years here, that we have had a better run of it than Marylanders.

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09/10/2015 11:31 AM

I like Virginia from a lot of points of view. My one gripe is that personal property tax thing in many counties. The job I have in Maryland is very good so I am loathe to move, but once I can retire . . . . .

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09/10/2015 5:18 PM

Yeah. Taxes on Personal Property tend to run high. But other taxes SEEM to make up for it. I haven't done a detailed study, but 35 years here, and seeing comparisons, make me like Virginia better, given that COL is terrible everywhere here.

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