I don’t know why I haven’t posted these photos, taken a year ago at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. I’m a huge fan of American Motors design chief Richard Teague and the AMX/3 concept is perhaps his masterpiece, arguably the purest expression of Teague’s design philosophy. Everything else that he worked on, from the magnificent “last Packards” of 1955-1956, to the AMC Eagle 4X4 wagon, the last iteration of the 1970 Hornet, was a budget constrained and based either on a previous body shell or an existing platform/chassis. The AMX/3 was intended as AMC’s competition to the DeTomaso Pantera that Ford was importing to sell at Mercury dealers and it was a complete “clean sheet” design from the wheels up. It was fully engineered, with a tube frame and a midengine layout, using as many off-the-shelf components from AMC’s parts bin as possible, including a 390 cubic inch V8. Six prototypes were made in Italy including this steel bodied runner that passed into the possession of Teague’s family, who loaned it for display at last year’s Chicago show. Unfortunately, though it was ready for production, the numbers didn’t work out and AMC killed the program.
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