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AMX For Change

A chance to own a three-lettered screamer

Andy Bolig - February 19, 2014 10:06 AM

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The ad lists an auto transmission, but this LOOKS like a factory 4-speed.

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With a little bit of cash, and a touch of luck, you may just find what you want, at a price you can afford.

The tagline at the introduction of the 1968 American Motors AMX heralded it as, “The only American sports car that costs less than $3,500.”

Now, with pristine examples wearing asking prices of ten times that amount, placing one of these fun-runners in the garages of the common man takes some commitment, saving and a little bit of luck.

If you are one of those still waiting for the last of those three to fall in place, this may be your lucky day! We recently ran across this ad on Cars.com for this diamond-in-the-rough ’68 AMX. The ad states that it has been in storage for about 7 years and needs some work. Granted, the ad states that it has the lower-performing 290 ci engine and says the car is an auto, but in the photo it appears there’s a four speed to keep the fun level on the upward slope.

With only 66,500 miles on the ticker, the mileage definitely isn’t maxed out but there is evidence that this little gem has lived a few lifetimes, some wearing its current silver exterior color and quite possibly an earlier version as a gold model, evidenced by the coloring under the hood. All told for the $5,500 asking price, there’s a lot to offer the enthusiast who can look past the paint-code changes and is able to erase some possible “upgrades” by previous owners.

This clearly shows that opportunities are still out there, even for these more-desirable muscle car brands. With a little bit of cash, and a touch of luck, you may just find what you want, at a price you can afford.

 

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