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The 1st AMX/3 was a fiberglass shell with no motor, suspension or interior and was sent around to all the major US auto shows in 1970.  Interest was suffiicient for AMC to ask Bizzarrini of Turin, Italy to build thirty production cars.

Five production cars were produced before the program was cancelled due to US bumper regulations and rising costs.  The first car cost one million 1971 US dollars to make, the next four cost a million altogether.  They shared as many parts as possible with the rest of the AMC line.  Attempts to create reproductions are underway with a firm called Sciabola, but are not progressing well.

The first production car was not qiuite right.  There had been errors in the US-metric conversion.  It was kept by designer Dick Teague then given to a friend.  It's a bit rough.

The second car was purchased for $7,500 (2016 US$46,653) by a guy off the street.  He parked it in a dirt floor garage for many years and never drove it.  It needs restoration.

The 3rd and 5th cars remained on display at AMC headquarters for many years before being sold to designer Dick Teague in 1978 when AMC was on shaky ground.  Teague kept #3 until his death in 1991.  It is in excellent shape and resides at the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles.  This and car #1 lack a forward center hood intake.  Teague immediately sold car five.

The fourth AMX/3 was shipped to BMW for high speed testing on the track in Monza Italy, then purchased for $6500 by a man in Indianapolis in 1971.  He had to sell it in the midst of a divorce.  This car is in axcellent shape and has been displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours.

The fifth car has a tailight panel from a mid-Seventies Firebird and a front spoiler.  It's been well taken car of  by several owers and has appeared at Goodwood and Pebble Beach.

When the program was cancelled, Bizzarrini wanted to continue building the cars under his own name.  An additional car was produced and is owned by one of Bizzarrini's partners.  It has a few modifications from the original design and round Fiat/Ferrari taillights.

Of the thirty cars ordered, only two could be said to have been sold to the public.  I remember seeing the AMX/3 at the 1970 NY Auto Show and it was impressive.  More muscular looking than the Pantera.  AMC was in the midst of winning the Trans-Am championship and they looked like a company on the way up.