This Bizzarrini is Rare and Beautiful, not Bizarre
The car: 1970 AMC AMX/3
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
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Dick Teague’s place in American automobile design is up there with the great talents of the post-war period, but his work on the AMC Pacer could be a distraction to some. After stints at Kaiser, Packard, and Chrysler, Dick landed at American Motors Corporation in 1959 where his contributions coincided with AMC’s quest to shake its image as a car for librarians. Starting with the Rambler Classic and Ambassador, American, Marlin, and the Javelin and AMX ponycars, his pièce de résistance followed taking shape as the AMX/3.
Of course, the 1969 AMX/2 came first, which was a mid-engined (ironically, sans motor) fiberglass concept car inspired by sports cars from Lamborghini and Lotus. Debuting at the 1969 Chicago Auto Show, the AMX/2 aroused enough interest for AMC to commission a complete, engineered version that could be built on a limited basis. Giorgetto Giugiaro handled the duties, with Giotto Bizzarrini developing the semi-monocoque chassis with double-wishbones front and rear. AMC’s 340hp 390 was paired with a ZF four-speed transaxle (for cars #2-6, a OTO Melara gearbox was used). First shown in Rome in 1970, the plan was to build 24 AMX/3s per year but upcoming safety and emissions regulations, AMC’s financial situation, and logistical issues all prevented the project from becoming fully realized.
Still, five AMX/3s were built, plus one more created a year later from leftover parts. This red example is car #4 and is the vehicle BMW evaluated at Monza at AMC’s behest. It is also believed that car #4 is the only one that was branded “AMX/3 by Bizzarrini.” Owner history is just as interesting, as it was bought by Indianapolis restaurateur Jim Demichielli for $6500 and brought to the US in 1971, then resold in 1976 and headed to Louisiana in 1989. As you can imagine, AMX/3s don’t come up for sale very often, but if you have a spare $795,000, you can own the neatest mid-engined sports car this side of a Miura.
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