53 Cool Concept Cars… Part V

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Results Realty

There are endless options to transplant modern drivetrains into older rides.  After all, it is the second oldest form of hot rodding… the first being ‘put in a BIGGER engine’.  And third in line is wringing more power out of the existing engine platform.  (just my opinion, not a provable timeline).  Somewhere in there is removing weight (stripping fenders and such was done to lower the weight and make the cars accelerate better).

It seems that retro-fever is sweeping many of the automakers.  The New Bettle, Mini Cooper, Mustang, Camaro and Challenger are all prime examples of retro-inspired design.  And while many of these designs are cool (I like several of them), retro-futuristic designs of the 1950s and 60s are still cutting edge.  The Chrysler Turbine car, Pontiac Firebird Concept, 57 Olds F-88 Concept and the Buick LeSabre concept are all prime examples.  And each of those cars was designed looking forward… or looking sideways at the aeronautics industry.

1969 American Motors AMX photographed by DougW...
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As a side note, the Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter is one of my favorite recent motorcycles.  Its design is VERY reminiscent of the old Indian Chiefs.

Back to the subject…  Since AMC is gone, why not resurrect the AMX?  It might have been the best looking car to come from AMC’s design studios, and was also likely the coolest.  It competed (quite well) against the Mustangs, Camaros, Cudas and Challengers of the day.

Since Chrysler bought out AMC, it would only be appropriate to run the 6.1L Hemi from the SRT-8 series cars.  Of course, a modern 5 speed automatic with overdrive would be on tap to back up the 425hp Hemi.  Fat tires and a better suspension design would be in the works, too.  The old suspensions were very bad at keeping the inside front tire from looking like something broke when they were cornering hard.

I think it would be fun… and since the AMXs have been so overlooked by the mainstream, there would be a lot of people wondering exactly what it was.

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Susie Blackmon
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Hi Lane! Vroom vroom. ;-)

May 16, 2010 09:55 PM #1
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I'm waiting for jetpacks to hit the mainstream market and shortly after that our own little flying scooters like in the Jetsons or Star Wars.

May 19, 2010 08:09 PM #2
Don Eichler
Eichler Properties - Granbury, TX

I just viewed a forward of cars before World War II and the cars of the early 30's in some ways out did what came later.  The quality of the hand build cars were cutting edge for sure.

May 20, 2010 02:13 AM #3
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

I am excited to see the upcoming Camara SS convertible and I've been hoping we will see a legit Z28 with the blown ZR1 engine in 2011.  It is time for GM to seriously unleash the horsepower!

Jun 29, 2010 05:36 PM #4
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
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Thanks for the comments. 

Jul 25, 2010 05:43 PM #5
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