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AMC PROTOTYPES

The Concept Cars of American Motors Corporation.

American Motors Corporation wished to change its image in the Public Eye, and key to this realignment was the design and display of a number of specially created vehicles, the prototypes, that AMC used to show the world that it was much more then just another small independent. These prototypes used many innovative design features, such as the 1966 AMX Rumble Seat, to attract attention and boost interest.

 Ambassador
 Rebel
 Javelin
 AMX
 Matador
 Hornet
 Gremlin

 

 

1964- Rambler Tarpon

 

1964 AMC Rambler Tarpon The 1964 Tarpon was the precursor to the Rambler Marlin.  It was designed to bring the fast back look to AMC, but never went to production.
     
 

1966- AMC Project IV

 

1966 AMC Project IV Concept Cars Project IV was an exercise in design made by AMC to gather public opinion on features, as well as help change the public image of the company.  Their designs actually influenced the entire auto industry.
 

          1966- AMC AMX (1)

 

1966 AMC AMX I Vignale The 1966 AMC AMX I, also referred to as the Vignale AMX, was the original design for the future AMX.  After the success of the original pushmobile, AMC had Vignale build a working prototype, including its famous Ramble seat.
 

          1966- AMC AMX II

 

1966 AMC AMX II The second vehicle o carry the AMX name tag, it was a little longer than version 1, and replaced the rambleseat with a regular trunk.
 

          1966- AMC Cavalier

 

1966 AMC Cavalier The third vehicle in the Project IV team made use of an idea to be able to interchange parts of the vehicle, such as the front left fender with the rear right fender, and the bumpers.  The AMC Hornet took several design features from the Cavalier.
 

          1966- AMC Vixen

 

1966 AMC Vixen The final member was the Vixen.  A Fastback version of the Cavalier, it also affected the design of the future Hornet.
     
 

1967- AMC AMITRON

 

1967 AMC Amitron The Amitron was an electric three passenger vehicle developed by AMC.  It was a mere 85 inches in length with a short front end.  Power was supplied by a combination of lithium batteries and nickel-cadmium batteries.
 

1967- AMC AMX III Wagon

 

1967 AMC AMX III wagon The AMX III basically was the design of the furture Javelin, but with a wagon rear end.  It also hinted at a 4 door design of the Javelin, which would not come to pass.
 

1968- AMC AMX GT

 

1968 AMC AMX GT The clear precursor to the AMC Gremlin, the AMX GT actually looked sleaker with its AMX front clip, which was changed to the hornets styling on the production Gremlin.
 

1968- AMX 600 Breedlove

 

The 1968 AMX 600 design by Craig Breedlove AMC worked with several custom professionals to create sportier versions of the AMX & Javelin.  Two were actually prepared by Breedlove, but unfortunately a dump truck accidentally made off with the molds.
 

1968- AMX El Toro Barris

 

Barris Kustom 1968 AMX called El Toro George Barris made a Kustomizing kit for the AMX which included bold pipes on the hood, and stylish spoiler.  Many of these kits were quite expensive, and none were known to have been sold.
 

1968- AMC AMX R Jeffords

 

The famous Jeffords AMX-R complete with Ramble seat Jeffords custom AMX-R came about as he was saddened to see the Rambleseat scrapped on the production AMX.  His thoughts on producing this version were dashed when AMC refused to permit them, for safety reasons.
 

1968- Javelin Bonanza Barris

 

1968 Javelin Bonanza by Barris George Barris also designed a Javelin package, with scoops on the sides and hood, and of course a spoiler.  Scoops were similar to the mod scoops that would be seen on the 69 AMX & Javelin.
 

1968- Javelin XP Droke

 

1968 Javelin XP package by Droke Another customizer, Daryll Droke, created his version called the XP Javelin.  Apart from scoops and spoiler it also boasted a roll bar.  Approved as a dealer installed option, it is not known how many, or if any, packages were sold due to the high cost.
 

1968- Javelin 197X concepts

 

1968 styling concept for the 197X Javelin Even as the new Javelin and AMX were hitting the streets with a big bang, already the design department was working on the changes that would later appear with the next generation Javelin in 1971.
 

1969- AMC AMX/2

 

1969 AMC AMX/2 Sports Car As AMC continued to work on its image, the AMX 2 came out of the design studio with its sleek futuristic look and mid-engine design.  Only created as a pushmobile, the actual production car was to be the AMX 3.
 

1970- AMC AMX/3

 

1970 AMC AMX/3 Sprts Car built by Bizzarrini Amazing, beautiful, sexy.  The AMX 3 was a mid-engine wonder designed by AMC that looks years ahead of its time.  Technically a production vehicle, most enthusiasts list it with the prototypes.  The production versions were built by Bizzarrini of Ferrari fame, but unfortunately the project was cancelled after only six were finished.
 

1970 AMX 400 Barris

 

1970 Kustom AMX 400 built by George Barris The last of the Barris Kustoms worked on the AMX body, this car was created for the TV show Banacek.  Chopped 5 inches with side pipes and wild louvers, this car has gained widespread fame, and still shows today as when it first appeared.
 

1970- Jeep XJ001

 

1970 Jeep XJ001 How about an off road Sport Vehicle like the XJ001 built by Jeep.  With its fiberglass body and 360 ci under the hood, its a shame it never went further than a prototype vehicle.
 

1971- AMC AMX Teague

 

1971 AMC AMX 2 seater customized by Richard Teague For 1971 Richard Teague still had hopes that the AMX would continue to be a 2 seat model.  At the time he even customized his own AMX with the new body parts so they would have a working model.  Unfortunately the idea was scrapped by management, and AMX became an upgrade on the new Javelin..
 

1971- Hornet Sportabout Special Gucci

 

1971 AMC Hornet Sportabout customized by Aldo Gucci This Gucci Hornet is not in the wrong section.  This actual one of a kind car was customized by Gucci himself, and includes matching luggage, a built in desk, and even a travel bar built into the back seat.
 

1972- AMC Gremlin Voyageur

 

1972 AMC "Grembin" Gremlin Voyageur Intended to be ideal for campers and fishers, the Gremlin Voyageur with its fabulous Grembin design, sported more room to load gear by extending the rear gate.
 

1973- AMC Hornet GT

 

1973 AMC Hornet GT concept The Hornet GT was a styling exercise.  Both sides of the car differed using a different width C pillar, which was possibly a first on an actual car instead of just a clay model.
 

1974- AMC Gremlin XP

 

The Gremlin XP was a study in design which worked on improving visibility in the gremlin.  Side quarter windows were installed, as well as a larger back window.
 

1974- AMC Gremlin G/II

 

1974 AMC Gremlin GII concept With a sportier style, and brisk performance, this Gremlin knock-off looks like a precursor to the Spirit introduced in 1979.
     
 

1977- AMC Concept 80

 

1977 AMC Concept 80 Logo In 1978 AMC unveiled a new batch of Concept vehicles intended to show its future trends towards smaller, fuel efficient vehicles for the 80's.
 

          1977- AMC Concept I

 

1977 AMC Concept I The first of three sub compact designs based on a Gremlin, but with side quarter windows to improve visibility.  It featured squared headlights, and incorporated a "continental tire" bulge at the rear.
 

          1977- AMC Concept II

 

1977 AMC Concept II Also based on the Gremlin, the Concept II featured hide-away headlights, as well as a stronger roof design using a central "Targa band" in its structure.
 

          1977- AMC Concept Grand Touring

 

1977 AMC Concept Grand Touring The Concept GT was a slightly larger hatchback, designed for four passengers, and featuring opera style windows in the rear quarters.  It had a luxurious interior with leather seats, real wire wheels, and a venturi grille with rally lights.
 

          1977- AMC Concept AM Van

 

1977 AMC Concept AM Van A very-mini-van created by AMC for its Concept 80 program.  At 2 inches shorter than a vw beetle, it featured 4-wheel drive and a turbo powered engine.  Surveys at the car shows showed it to be the most popular concept.
 

          1977- AMC Concept Jeep II

 

1977 AMC Concept Jeep II Basically a scaled down CJ-5, it maintained interior space while reducing the overall vehicle for efficiency.  It was about two feet shorter and nine inches lower than its big brother.
 

          1977- AMC Concept Electron

 

1977 AMC Concept Electron With its design based on the earlier Amitron, the Electron was powered by lightweight lithium batteries.  The clam-style roof swung backwards to permit entry and exit from the vehicle.
     
 

1978- AMC Hawk Brubaker

 

1978 AMC Hawk XE-1 Brubaker In 1978 Arthur Hailey's "Wheels" debuted on NBC.  The featured concept car, the gull wing Hawk XE-1 was built by Curt Brubaker using a 1968 Javelin.
1980- AMC RSV Eagle II Hybrid 1980 AMC RSV Eale II Hybrid The RSV Eagle II was an electric gas hybrid designed by AMC and Minicars Inc.