Revived Spirit: 1979 AMC Spirit AMX

The original AMC AMX was a V8 powered 2-seat pony car sold on AMC’s junior cars platform as a competitor to the Mustang/Camaro/Challenger, but the name was revived for the 1979-1980 model years as a performance version of the Spirit.  Find this 1979 AMC Spirit AMX offered for $4,500 located on Lincoln, NE craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

The AMX was more than just a tarted up Spirit….okay, that might not be entirely true.  The AMX wears wider fenders (front/rear), a big air dam, a graphics package, Turbocast II wheels (so sweet!!), thick anti sway bars, adjustable shocks, and a simulated aluminum dash overlay.  

Under the hood is AMC’s 304 cubic inch V8, which by this point in the emissions era was smog choked down to 125 horsepower.  It was discontinued for the 1980 model year — and the V8 never returned to AMC’s passenger car lineup.  This one comes with a 4-speed manual gearbox and the promise of more power if you uncork the engine.

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