40 Years in the identical Showroom. This 1979 AMC AMX continues to be with no Title

by Dim Angelov, on

Once we consider American automobile corporations, we predict Ford, Chrysler, and Common Motors. The “huge three” have been competing with one another because the starting, however in 1954, one other firm determined to have a bit of the motion. The model disappeared in 1988, however apparently, there’s one automobile that’s nonetheless model new to today – a 1979 AMC AMX, which to today, hasn’t been offered.

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The present dealership proprietor doesn’t share the identical nostalgia, as his father

Like different traditional automobiles, the AMX is happening sale, as soon as once more

Again in 1979, Bowen-Fischer Motors (est. 1938) – a dealership in Muskegon, Michigan – introduced two AMC AMX automobiles. Each of them had been the Dash model, which was solely supplied in 1979 and 1980. They stood out with body-colored flared fenders and wild graphics and featured “Rallye-Tuned” suspension, three-way adjustable shocks, 274mm (10.7-inch) entrance disc brakes, and “Turbocast II” 14-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in Goodyear “Flexten” GT radial RWL (raised white letter) tires, to call a couple of.

Finally, one of many two Dash AMX – completed in Traditional Black – offered. The opposite one was completed within the least widespread colour – Wedgwood Blue. To today, the automobile stays unsold, with its certificates of origin, from American Motors Company (AMC). The automobile was ultimately stashed away and forgotten in one of many barns on the dealership.

A really uncommon spec of a uncommon automobile

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This 1979 Dash AMX has sat in the identical showroom for 42 years

Now, it’s lastly prepared to fulfill its first proprietor

AMC by no means stored official data of what number of had been completed in sure colours, however in 1979, simply 3,657 AMX had been produced. One other 865 items had been inbuilt 1980, however it’s unknown what number of had been completed in Wedgwood Blue.

The automobile ultimately began being utilized by the showroom, as a demonstrator, and for errands, by the showroom homeowners. It additionally attended a promenade. By 1987, the AMC Dash AMX has achieved 30,000 simple miles. There’s additionally a service report, nonetheless hooked up to the dashboard, which confirms it.

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After 42 years, the AMX continues to be like new

Because of the dealership’s love for the automobile, it has been well-preserved and maintained

The one factor that wanted to get replaced over time was the battery. Even the unique Goodyear tires are nonetheless there, which in all probability isn’t a very good factor. The engine (extra on that in a bit) has been completely maintained over time and by no means wanted to be opened. The outside and inside, to today, stay model new.

Not quick, however prepared for engine swaps

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These got here with 2 engine choices – a 304 V-8 and a 258 inline-6

This one options the lesser, 4.2-liter mill and makes 110 hp and 209 lb/ft at very low RPMs

If energy is what you might be after, the AMC Dash AMX will disappoint. Though it’s often known as one of many best-handling American automobiles of that interval, the Dash AMX got here with both a 4.2-liter (258 ci) inline-six or a 5.0-liter (304 ci) V-8. This one, specifically, has the 4.2-liter inline-six unit, which makes 110 horsepower at 3,200 RPM and 209 pound-feet (284 Nm) at 1,800 RPM. Don’t fear, there’s greater than sufficient room for an LS engine, in there.

1979 AMC AMX specs
Engine4.2-liter inline-six
Energy110 HP @ 3,200 RPM
Torque209 LB-FT @ 1,800 RPM

Lastly, prepared to fulfill its first proprietor

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Bought by Bowen-Fischer Motors, it was considered one of 2 delivered in 1979

Whereas the black exampel was offered, the Wedgwood Blue automobile caught round and was ultimately forgotten

Greg – the present proprietor of the dealership – nonetheless runs the showroom, situated at Airline Highway. It’s now a Chrysler dealership, though it nonetheless retains its license to promote each new and used automobiles. As a result of he’s not as hooked up to the traditional assortment of unsold and bought-back automobiles, Greg has slowly began eliminating them and the AMX is able to meet its new proprietor. “We’d talked about promoting the AMX for the previous couple of years, and now it’s simply time to let any individual else get pleasure from it,” Greg mentioned.

The automobile will lastly should be titled, after over 42 years of ready for its first proprietor. It’ll definitely be one of the vital memorable gross sales, within the historical past of the showroom.

Supply: Hemmings

Dim Angelov

Dim Angelov

Born in 1992, I come from a household of motoring lovers. My ardour for automobiles was awoken on the age of six, once I noticed a Lamborghini Diablo SV in {a magazine}. After highschool I earned a grasp’s diploma in advertising and a Grasp of Arts in Media and Communications. Through the years, I’ve practiced and turn out to be expert in precision driving and so far have take a look at pushed greater than 250 automobiles throughout the globe. Through the years, I’ve picked up fundamental mechanical data and have even taken half within the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Sort and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Dash. Currently, I’ve taken a elaborate to automotive images, and whereas fashionable automobiles are my main ardour, I even have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, warfare historical past, craft beer, historic weapons, and automobile restoration. In time, I plan my very own traditional automobile restoration and hope to earn my racing certificates, after which I anticipate to determine my very own racing group.  Learn full bio

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