by Mike –
There were only five AMX/3s made before American Motors shut the program down in late 1970. Then one more was assembled from the remaining parts for a total of six of these beautiful super cars. The AMX/3 was engineered and constructed by the brilliant Giotto Bizzarrini with styling by AMC’s head of design Richard Teague.
These very rare super cars almost never come up for sale. But now, owned by the same owner for the last 24 years, AMX/3 by Bizzarrini number 4 is for sale.
This is a unique opportunity for anyone who appreciates the history, beauty and performance of this gorgeous mid-engine design and wants a special car that most people have never seen in person.
With engineering by Giotto Bizzarrini and power by the AMC 390 cid V8 this is a special car.
The AMX/3 chassis is a semi-monocoque design made of steel as is the body. Underneath – upper and lower wishbone suspension front and rear, Teves four-wheel power disc brakes, Campagnolo alloy wheels, and a front-mounted radiator with cooling fans.
This AMX/3, number 4, was the car tested on the Monza race track by BMW who helped evaluate the AMX/3′s performance.
It is believed this is the only AMX/3 that was branded as AMX/3 by Bizzarrini as you can see in some of the photos this was printed on the rear of the engine lid.
Make: American Motors
Model: AMX/3 by Bizzarini
Year: 1969 (registered as a 1967)
Chassis number: 36325555
Body material: Steel
Exterior color: Red/Orange
Interior color: Black and Red
Engine: The original AMC V8 390 cid – 390 hp
Odometer: 821 km since the restoration in 1990 – total is unknown
Condition: Excellent – condition 2
Number made: Five before AMC shut the project down and then one more was assembled with left over parts for a total of six
Ownership history: Bill Demichielli bought the car and brought it to the US in 1971. It was sold to Jack Cohen, a friend of Dick Teague (the cars designer), in 1976. It was acquired by the current owner, Walter Kirtland, in August 1989.
This is the test car that was used for speed tests at Monza. During testing the car wanted to lift at 145 MPH, but with the addition of a small chin spoiler Bizzarini told the current owner that they were able to reach 170 MPH, 10 MPH more than American Motors had asked for. BMW participated in these tests and wrote an extensive report attesting to the rigidity of the chassis and the handling.
In a hand written note to the current owner written in 1990 at Pebble Beach, on the inside of the photo album that comes with this AMX/3, Giotto Bizzarrini wrote,
The car in the photos is the AMX/3 experimental on which have been tested all the necessary tests and checked out. After I have been to Munich to the BMW factory for more test on the road stability, returning to Livorno I tested the car for road stability which was concluded in Monza with 1.59.8 timing per lap.
(click on the image for a larger view)
The car remained original until the current owner had it restored by Bill Decarr at Bill’s Body Shoppe in Bellflower California in 1990. The original engine and transmission were rebuilt in 1990. The rubber hood and trunk hold downs were removed for the restoration and the exhaust tips were changed. Bill Decarr told the current owner that the metal work was some of the best he had ever seen.
This AMX/3 number 4 was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1990 and at the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance in 2004 where it won the award for Best Paint even though the paint was 14 years old.
The opportunity to acquire an AMC AMX/3 by Bizzarrini may not come along again.
Price: $795,000 US – Motivated Seller
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Contact: Walter Kirtland by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 225-229-2232
A photo album is included with AMX/3 number 4 – the slide show immediately below shows some of the photos – the AMX/3 in these photos is number 4. A note signed by Giotto Bizzarrini and another note signed by Salvatore Diomante are on the inside cover of this photo album. The Giotto Bizzarrini note is translated and displayed above.
The photos in the two slide shows below are current photos