• Nov 13th 2008 at 6:29PM
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Click above for more renderings of revived AMC models

American Motors may have lost its way towards the end of its life in the '80s, but the little car company that could created some very cool vintage American iron. When the muscle car era was still in full swing, AMC was a player with its Javelin, which went up against some stiff competition in the form of the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Trans Am. Later, the Mopar boys introduced the Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda into the mix, muddying the waters that much more. Though AMC had some success with its pony car, the AMX was quite possibly AMC's coolest production vehicle. Based on a shortened version of the Javelin's platform, the AMX had just two seats and was all about performance. The car turned into something of an icon for the automaker, and the name was subsequently used for a series of concepts throughout the '70s... right up until American Motors died.

AMC devotees have speculated on a possible return of the AMX, and though it seems extremely unlikely, we have no problem indulging in the fantasy. So-Cal AMC Club members commissioned Jeff Teague, a designer who just so happens to be the son of classic AMC designer Dick Teague, to come up with his ideas of Javelin and AMX revivals... and what AMC discussion would be complete without a mention of the Gremlin. See all of the renderings in our gallery below.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm holding out for the Pacer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Our canary yellow 1977 Pacer with the simulated wood grain paneling on the side brings back very unpleasant memories. You don't want one of these things...trust me!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember my dad's Javelin and I remember wanting an AMX. If my garage had room and my wallet was overflowing with cash I would buy an old AMX and rebuild it. I regret that neither is the case. The drawings may not have much resemblance to the production AMX, but they do make me nostalgic. Thank you for this piece.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And Pontiac brought back the GTO and look how well that worked for them!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The GTO was boring. This isn't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, the Barracuda came out before the Mustang (by two weeks), Camaro, Firebird, Javelin and AMX. The Challenger, based on the A body Barracuda, came out last, giving the Dodge dealers a true "pony car", smaller than the B body Charger.

      First year of sales:
      Barracuda 1964
      Mustang 1964
      Camaro 1966
      Firebird 1967
      Javelin 1968
      AMX 1968
      Firebird Trans Am 1969
      Challenger 1970
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry about the error. The early Barracudas were A bodies.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually the Challenger was based on the all new for 1970 E-body and was co-designed with the next gen Barracuda. The E body used the front subframe of the B-body cars (Charger, Satellite/Road Runner) to save money, making the cars very wide and also able to swallow any size engine Chrysler made. The market for the Challenger was originally going to be the same as the Mercury Cougar, luxury sport. That was abandoned as the muscle car fad reached a fever pitch and the Challenger could be had in as many wild colors and options as the Barracuda.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It won't matter. Dodge, Chrysler and Chevy are all in depp doo doo so bringing back a car company is impossible. Not enough fools to invest in that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks like the last generation Mitsubishi Eclipse. Sorry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some of his designs in the first sketch picture have AMX qualities about them with the roofline, side windows, and little circular badge behind the window. The final rendering... looks like a late 90's Chrysler Corp. concept (the days of the Prowler, Phaeton, Copperhead, etc.).

      Also, it makes me sad that AMX is coming up as a misspelled word. Ah how the world has forgotten AMC (which is also coming up as misspelled).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks more to me like a DeLorean revival.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome idea and designs. Some things it needs though are the unique c-pillar from the 68 AMX, a restyled shaker hood-scoop, and that circled AMX logo. The head-lights need some attention as well to make them more desirable.

      The AMX was my first loved car. Growing up, a neighbor had a dark blue one. It was beautiful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its a good thing getting different respects of the AMX 4, It is something that could be built so with your comments so..I am playing more with the design. and giving it a bit more attention. Just an example sketch of the 4 in Red.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but I think it's slightly boring. It fails to capture the feel of the original car. P.S., I'm more of a javelin fan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So where does this look like a classy AMX??
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think its based on more on the AMX/3 concept cars Dick Teague designed which contributed elements to the Javelin and AMX. You can see them here.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Too bad Chrysler isn't building that. For $40,000 it would be like a poor man's DBS
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