AMC was an economy car manufacturer from the beginning all the way to the end. But to survive on the market, they stayed active in producing new models. AMC always explored the new concepts on the American market. And one of those interesting, innovative models was the AMC AMX.
In 1968, AMC decided to enter the muscle market and introduce two new performance models. One was the Javelin and the other was the AMX. The AMC Javelin was a handsome pony car with a modern design. Also, it came with some impressive engine choices and performance. As all other Pony cars on the market, Javelin started with the straight six.
However, they went all the way up to the 390 V8 with a considerable grunt. Despite being similar in technology and design, the AMX was a two-seater model. In fact, it was the only two-seater on the U.S. market other than the Corvette. With a shorter wheelbase, 390 V8 engine with 360 HP, go-fast options and a reasonable price, the AMX was a capable muscle car.
The Javelin proved to be a sales success. But the AMX was tough to sell because people wanted more room, so the two-seater AMX was obsolete. So, it lasted on the market for two years. And although it was successful in drag racing championships, the AMX is a forgotten, obscure muscle car today.