Aussie-built AMX sur­vivors

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Our

story in AMC #77 on the Ram­bler AMX se­ries as­sem­bled in Mel­bourne by AMI drew a quick re­sponse from the USA, from Larry M. Daum, vice pres­i­dent of NAMDRA, the Na­tional Amer­i­can Mo­tors Driv­ers and Rac­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

He wanted to tell us that the pink Amer­i­can­built AMX pre­sented to the 1968 Play­boy Play­mate of the Year An­gela Do­rian is alive and well and be­ing re­stored – pho­tos to come as soon as it is com­plete. Larry also in­formed us that one of the Aus­tralian-made AMXs now re­sides in the USA. This was No.18 of the 24 built here.

This ‘coals to New­cas­tle’ car is now thought to be hid­den in a garage some­where in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia af­ter be­ing in­volved in a bad drug deal and a di­vorce set­tle­ment. It’s been 25 years since any­one has seen it but Larry says: “some day it will turn up again; real soap opera that one.”

The Aus­tralian-made cars are of great in­ter­est to Amer­i­can AMX fans. We’ve also learnt more about the fate of cars 2 and 15, both now in New Zealand. One is be­ing turned into a Mad Max trib­ute (see sep­a­rate story).

Mark Scriven sent us the shot above from his fam­ily ar­chives. “We had an as­sort­ment of Ram­blers from 1959 to 1976,” he wrote. “I owned a 1974 Javelin AMX (on the trailer). My fa­ther owned a 1969 AMX (No.17) in Safety Wat­tle Yel­low, nick­named Tweetie-Pie.”

Pro­mot­ers of the Chryslers on the Mur­ray fes­ti­val in Al­bury Wodonga, March 13-15 are hop­ing to have as many AMXs (and other AMI Ram­blers) on dis­play as pos­si­ble this year. AMX or­gan­iser Ja­son Chap­lin sent us a se­ries of pics high­light­ing that many of the 24 cars built by AMI still sur­vive. If you want to be in­volved, make con­tact via chrysler­son­the­mur­ray.com.

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