American Motors Experimental were vehicles designed for breaking records and raising the standards of performance. The AMX name came from a label that was displayed on a few prototypes. American Motors Corporation started producing the AMC AMX in the late sixties. It was based on the AMC Javelin model but it featured a smaller 2 seats design. This vehicle quickly increased its popularity and in 1969 it received proper acknowledgment and it was declared the best engineered car of the year. Furthermore these cars were the delight of all racing events and various titles and prizes proved its high performance.

The original 1968 model suffered a few minor transformations the following year. The car featured a four barrel carbonated eight cylinder engine starting from 290 cubic inches until 390 cubic inches. Standard components also included a the T-10 manual gearbox as well as dual exhaust. The 1969 AMC AMX offered various color alternatives to the racing strips and the wheels had a stainless steel trim ring. Furthermore the interior was completely upgraded in order to ensure maximum comfort during the races. Another characteristic that facilitated driving was the suspension of the gas pedal. It seems that the 69 transformations are almost completely dedicated to esthetics. That fact is clearly confirmed by the ‘Big Bad’ paint options. These neon colors are even remembered today and they are the reason why the 1969 AMC AMX is referred to as the Big Bad AMX. Almost 800 vehicles were produced in the bright neon colors

The 1969 AMC AMX quickly gained celebrity among drag car lovers. Its racing performance was undeniable as the car was a constant winner at the Super Shock Championship. Few cars managed to rise to this car’s levels of performance. Road tests showed that the Big Bad could go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6,56 seconds. It had a Dragstrip quarter mile acceleration of 14,68 seconds. Because of these high performances the car proudly participated in several competitions such as the Nostalgia Super Stock drag races. Several car owners even made some modifications in order to make the car appropriate for running in Pro Tuning car races. Furthermore the car was owned by some of the famous and respected race drivers such as Shirley Shanan, Lou Downy, Herman Lewis and Wally Booth. Lewis was a proud owner of the AMC and the car rarely let him down. He managed to win 200 events while driving this car model.

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