In the previous post, I mentioned how the AMC designers made some outstanding color choices for the AMX. In the late 1960s and early 1970s “high impact” colors became popular in Detroit. The colors themselves weren’t the only things with high impact as the marketing teams tried to match the color chemists’ efforts with names like Chrysler’s Plum Crazy, Chevy’s Hugger Orange, and Ford’s Grabber Blue. A slightly lighter shade than Ford’s high impact blue was AMC’s own Big Bad Blue.
Dick Teague’s team of designers and stylists didn’t just produce what I think are the best looking pony/muscle cars of that era, the Javelin and AMX, they complemented those designs with some outstanding colors. This copper paint was called Bittersweet Orange iridescent. It doesn’t just have visual pop, the color highlights the AMX’s contours beautifully.
This isn’t just a ~40,000 mile original condition survivor AMX with a 390 V8 and a four speed, it formerly belonged to Richard Teague, the head of AMC design. While the AMX and Javelin designs were actually headed by Chuck Mashigan, who was in charge of AMC’s advanced styling studio, the cars, particularly the AMX, would never have happened without the support of Teague, who described himself as “a two-seater kind of guy”.
This 1969 AMC AMX isn’t quite stock. It has upgraded, modern brakes and a non-factory anti-sway bar controlling the back axle, so it couldn’t display in the stock class at the regional AMO meet held every year in August just outside of Detroit. Still, it’s a great example of a great car.
Clovis “Mickey” Nadeau bought his wife Betty a 1968 American Motors AMX and she ended up driving the muscle car for 16 years, until their retirement to Arizona. Clovis’ son Mickeal and daughter-in-law Mary did an incredibly sweet thing in bringing their dad to the big AMC club meet held every year in Livonia, Michigan so he could reminisce about Betty and the car they both loved.
The state of New York has outlawed displaying big cats without a permanent physical barrier between the public and the exotic wildlife. The new law also prohibits posing for photographs with the animals.
If that law was in effect in the 1960s, I don’t know if Ford would have still named Mercury’s entrant into the pony car wars after a mountain lion, but I do know that they wouldn’t have sponsored dealer appearances with the live animals, as they did into at least the 1980s.
Nearly every movie set in the 20th or early 21st centuries employs automobiles in one capacity or another. Typically they are just background props, movie “extras” used to round out the imagery on the screen. Some movie cars, though, are as important and memorable as any of the actors on the screen and those cars are prized by collectors—if they survive the filming.
When it came time for Miles Singer to replace his beloved Porsche 968, he decided instead to rebuild it. Rebuild, not restore, because he wanted it the way he wanted it. So the engine has been upgraded to match the specs of the sixteen 968 Turbo S cars made for the European market. Matching that engine is the distinctive 968 Turbo S hood, with NACA ducts. The Euro spec engine is rated at over 300 horsepower. Singer’s 968 also has got a European style fascia, along with air intakes integrated into the fog lamp inserts. In back is the Turbo S’ adjustable rear wing and inside is a roll bar and fire extinguisher for when Miles tracks the car a couple of times a year.
I guess it comes down to what makes more sense to you, making your car into what you want, or making your car into what some obsessive compulsive car show judge wants.
I’ve been on a bit of a front engined Porsche kick lately, posting about a 924 that you can buy for just $500, but the guy will take a golf cart in trade if you have one. Perhaps to atone for that, here is a very nice 944 Turbo I spotted in the parking lot at Baker’s of Milford, home to America (and likely the world’s) largest continually running cruise-in car show.
I’ll never pass up an opportunity to take photos of a Lotus Elan. I was busy shooting the GM Futurliner out at Baker’s of Milford when a little red and white sports car flashed by in the corner of my eye. It looked familiar and when I realized it was an Elan, I dropped what I was doing with the Futurliner and went to shoot the Elan. I couldn’t find it at first, though, but then realized that the petite Elan was parked behind an SUV. I spoke to the owner, or tried as best as I could, since he was Japanese, an engineer working for Toyota in their big R&D center in Ann Arbor. I’m pretty sure that he brought it over with him since it’s right hand drive and has a Elan Owners Club Japan sticker on the back.