AMC AMX/3: the sporty mid-engine american that died at birth


Developed by Bizzarrini in Italy.

Considered by many as a simple concept car, what is certain is that AMX/3 American Motors Corporation (AMC) was a true production model, the bad luck became a other project abandoned. On this occasion, shortly after having been submitted.

Until it was absorbed by Chrysler in 1987, buying the majority stake that Renault had in the company, AMC was the fourth corporation american auto, smaller in size than the big 3 of Detroit but with a huge catalogue of brands, among which stood out greatly Jeep.

At the end of the sixties, a decade before the French Renault enters into its shareholder, AMC decided to bet heavily on the segments of sports. And although it had the larger versions of the Javelin, including the AMX, the single-model two-seater on the market with a metal body, they decided to do what no other large us-based manufacturer had done before, to develop a sporty mid-engine to the european, the style of the then new Lamborghini Miura.


Prototype AMX/2.

The particular AMX ceased production in 1970 and to replace it, they found inspiration in the prototype room AMX/2 introduced in 1966, designed in the united States, but that it had been commissioned the coachbuilder Vignale for their manufacture.

This was based in part on the casting of the Javelin, being developed by Bizzarrini, and using the V8 6.4 liters of the brand with a new transmission, of Italian origin, installed transaxle. It had magnesium wheels by Campagnolo and brake discs-ventilated on all wheels. An authentic delicacy for the technical time.

the conception of The AMX/3 was going to be more complex, because after the presentation of the first static prototype in the Hall of Chicago, 1970, commissioned Bizzarrini to the development of the model. This would manufacture them in Italy and track tests were carried out by BMW.


Only 6 copies saw the light, one of them in a clandestine manner.

AMC was intended initially to manufacture it in large quantities, but even then it was reducing little by little the production target to a few copies per year. The original order to Bizzarrini was only 30 copies, however, after making 5 units, AMC would abort the project.

The reasons were the final costs of the model, which led to a market value higher than that of their rivals, due to the entry into force of the new legislation that forced the american manufacturers to install a bumper flexible able to withstand shock at low speed, among other elements.

why many models come with those ugly plastic elements black and that the AMX/3 didn’t come to fruition, since before the arrival of the new law, not only increased the production costs, in addition to had to redesign the sharp front of the model.


The testing of the AMX/3 the developed BMW.

in Addition, only a day after being introduced, Tomaso desvelaba the Panther with engine Ford, a model, incredibly very similar to the AMX/3, not only in the aesthetic, and that it was more considerably more economic the AMC.

When he overturned the order, AMC asked Bizzarrini to be destroyed vehicles. Only five had been completed and a new batch of five was going to be prepared when it came to the annulment order. However, Bizzarrini not only not destroyed, but one of its partners manufactured a sixth exemplary from the 5 racks remaining.

Officially only made those 6 copies, although the lack of documentation on the issue has resulted in some specialists point to the existence of several more copies, which would not be surprising, though, as we have pointed out, officially, only knows the existence of 6 copies.


Designed to reach the 250 km/h, in their tests demonstrated that it could reach more than 270 km/h.

The copy of dark orange color that heads this article is a very special drive in the batch, since it was the employed for their development on track.

Task that is carried out on the track of Monza, and where the AMX/3 was obtained spectacular results. Initially it was hoped that the model was capable of reaching 160 mph, 257 km/h, but the sharp sports showed that it was even faster than expected, achieving the 273 km/h, which is 10 mph more than the speed planned.

Currently, the six units of the AMX/3 exist and are localized. Used in the speed tests at Monza has been recently restored and will be put up for sale by Gooding and Company in the events of Scottsdale, in January 2017. Where we estimate a maximum value of $ 1.3 million. This summer, this issue achieved the Best of the Show in the category related to Bizzarrini at the Pebble Beach Concours dElegance 2016.