In the late 1960s, American Motors Corporation/AMC, the number-four car manufacturer in the United States, was desperately seeking to find its niche. After
seeing the enthusiasm that Ford and Chrysler were building with performance cars and purpose-built race cars,
AMC decided to try drag racing with their AMX two-seat
sport coupe. They hoped to win the hearts of the youth
market, and what happened next was truly amazing.
AMC had the Hurst Corporation and drag racing mechanic H. L. Shahan turn the little two-seater AMX into a
fire-breathing drag racer and boy, did they. Shahan built a
prototype car, and when approved, Hurst created 52 non-street-legal race cars, where the emphasis was kicking
some major “Big Three” butt.
These cars started as basic AMXs equipped with a 390
cu. in. V8 and a Borg- Warner T- 10 4-speed. The car had
delete-optioned the clock, heater, and radio, and even
the wiring harness for these items. Anything not necessary for drag racing was also removed. Hurst took this
setup and added one of their Super Shifters to the T- 10
and an AMC 20 Twin-Grip rear end with 4. 44 gears. The
engine was fitted with 12.4:1 compression ratio heads, an
Edelbrock cross-ram manifold fitted with two 650 CFM
Holley Double Pumpers, Headers by Doug, a Mallory Rev-Pol ignition, Lakewood bellhousing, and a hood scoop. The
battery was relocated to the trunk and the suspension
was modified and simplified for quarter-mile trips.
These cars were initially classified SS/D or SS/E, but
the NHRA wised up after a few weekends and they were
re-classified to SS/C — and were still dominating. Super
Stock AMXs turned times in the high-10s/low-11s at
Kim Nagel from Independence, MO, bought his AMX in
late 1969 and campaigned it for over 10 years. Kim’s 1: 18
AMX is the second in the series of Super Stock AMXs
from Auto World. A modified version of Ertl’s original AMX,
they’ve done a nice job of taking a mold originally tooled
in 2000 and extending its life into 2014. Comparing the
model with pictures of the 1:1, they did an admirable job
of getting the paint, graphics, and contingency decals
spot-on. The hood opens on dogleg hinges, revealing the
390 with cross-ram-mounting Holleys. There is no wiring,
but this would be a fun project for a lazy weekend evening.
Model Cragar S/Ss mount the front tires and maximum-width scuffed slicks in the rear. The cockpit gets the job
done with a stock steering wheel and “Line-Loc” Hurst
shifter. Underneath, Auto World has nicely replicated the
overspray found between the body panels and floor pan.
The Doug Thorley headers are painted white to simulate
the VH T paint finish of the day.
This is great model, with a nice level of detail at a
reasonable price. If you are an AMC fan or a drag racing
history buff, this will be a nice addition to your collection.
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Auto World 1969 Super Stock AMc AMX 1: 18 | $90 by Bill Bennett
The engine bay shows the 390 cu. in. wedge engine with Edelbrock manifold and Holley carburetors. Detailing with wiring would make a fun project for the collector.
The interior is complete with the Hurst Super Shifter with Line-Loc.