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Robin & Don Watenpaugh

I am only the second owner of this 1970 AMC AMX. I bought it in April 1975 when I was 18 years old. It wasn't an easy life for it as a muscle car in the hands of a teenager but somehow we both survived. It was my daily transportation until 1982 when I parked it and started the long process of rebuilding.  I finally realized it was a very rare car and she needed to be preserved.  I have never seen another one like it in the 30 years I've owned her. 1970 was the last year of the two-seater AMXs, and AMC produced only 4114 AMXs in 1970. Mine is a “Bid Bad Orange” with the 360cid 10:1 High Compression engine with a Borg Warner Super T-10 4 speed transmission.  Only 836 cars were produced in 1970 with the 360 4 speed combination and production numbers for the ”Big Bad” colored cars was not recorded in 1970 but the numbers were low. Some estimate production numbers for the “Big Bad Orange” cars to be just over 100.  Unfortunately this car does not have the “Go Package” which would have included front disc brakes and traction lock rear-end.

Mine has been rebuilt to be mostly stock appearing except for a few performance items on the engine.  Compression has been brought down to 9:1 to run in today's fuel, it has a Crane Cam and roller rocker arms, Edelbrock Performer manifold with Holley 670 Street Avenger carburetor, Mallory Ignition System and Hedman Heeders.  The car was repainted the original Big Bad Orange using Dupont clear coat paint.  The tires and wheels are BF Goodrich and American Racing Torque Thrust Ds. It still is a work in progress but we all know they are never finished.

I really enjoy driving this car even though I don't take it out too often. It handles great and is really quick because of its light weight.

t receives lots of attention at car shows where lots of people tell their stories about past AMXs they owned or people they knew who owned them and of the ones that spanked their tails out on the road.