American Motors AMX/3 (Vignale) (1970)
In 1970 American Motors made an splash with this all new mid-engined Dick Teague designed supercar. The car was derived from the front-engined AMX coupe, which was AMC’s mainstream sports car. To design the suspension and drivetrain, AMC hired Italian master designer Giotto Bizzarrini. Bizzarrini’s experience with his own mid-engined P538 made him one of the very few engineers with hands-on knowledge designing mid-engined supercars. Combining left over bits and some new AMC parts, Bizzarrini compiled a fully independent suspension. The chassis was a semi-monocoque backbone type, which, with the body welded on, proved to be very stiff. AMC added a 390 ci V8 engine, which was directly derived from the AMX coupe.
In mid-1970, THIS AMX/3 was first unveiled to the Roman press. The reception was enthusiastic. In fact, AMC ordered 24 more prototypes for testing purposes. Unfortunately, financial problems at AMC, along with stricter safety and emissions requirements, 86ed the project. In total, six examples of the AMX supercar were constructed.