Wow that AMX/3 is a beauty. Too bad it didn't get into production. It would have brought AMC some accolades I'm sure. I didn't know it was made by Bizzarrini; its design does the name proud, I'd say. What do you think, Lummox? You're a serious Bizzarrini fan, right?
Strange how they still managed to get some of its lines onto the '74 Matador coupe, just not quite with the same sexy proportions of the /3.
AMX II is kind of perfect, too, but I don't think it was ever a running prototype.
The '71 test mule is a little busy for my tastes. I like the front fender chines on the production '71, but not very much on this earlier bodystyle. Still I'm an AMC fan forever; I even like the little Gremlin "Spirits" that ended the line - nicely detailed updates of an almost ancient bodystyle.
Very cool to see Dick Teague's son in there. Gosh, to own an ORIGINAL AMX/3 as designed by your dad, how great would that be?
As far as I know, Dick Teague was the also the chief stylist who updated the senior Packards for '55/'56, and then miraculously translated the same styling themes to the big Studebakers for '57 (they don't look half-bad, really, almost like real Packards, at least trim-wise. The less said about the '58s the better, though.)
I'm diggin' the Hornet pick-up and the Ambassador SST limo flanking the blue prototype. too. Any pix of them?
You bet I'm a serious Bizzrainni fan! If I had a gun to my head and had to pick just one favorite car, this 5300 Strada would have to win the LMX Award!
I aggree, the AMX III shines as a beautifull Italian car, but maybe more-so, are it's brutish American quallities.
Great point about the Matador, it really does have a similar look. I never noticed that!
Dick Teague's son sure is a lucky duck to own such a legacy of his own father. I would be the proudest kid on the block!!!
The '71 test mule looks strange to me too, but I wonder if a set of fresh eyes that have never seen either car would think so too...probably. It is sort of awkward.
Like you say, AMC sure got a ton of use out of this platform, from the first Javelin, AMX, Hornet, and then ending with the Spirit & Concord in the '80s.
There was even a later Mexican Gremilin around 1980!...YUCK!!!
I noticed that Hornet pu too, but that's the first I've heard of one.
I have however heard of the '69 Ambassador Royale Stretch Limosine by Armbruster/Stageway before. Found a pic on the wik. Somewhere I've read about them in more detail but can't remember how many were made.
These were built in a strange way. The origonal rear doors were welded shut, and a whole new door was made for the new center section.