Wednesday, 30 June 2010

the San Diego Auto Museum has one of the 6 existing AMX 3 concept cars, head over and see it for yourself!

Thanks to Marisela and Chris for their time and effort to allow me to photograph the AMX 3 so well!


The variety in the few AMX3 concept cars made, 10 total I've read, but interestingly not alike in tail lights, and rear deck

Above image 2007 Meadow Brook Concours

Above images 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed by Ilya Holt and from 2007 Meadow Brook Concours

Above 4 images were taken in 2004, at the Bizzarini Expo in Brussels by Dirk de Jager and all the above photos are from

Notice the above museum car has a side marker light behind the rear wheel that only one of of the following do.

Lower door racing stripe and AMX 3 callout looks really good, and the rear deck styled partition with air foil over the tailights

Really don't like the above rims.

images from my many posts on the AMX 3... I hope you take a moment to see the differences in these different models, the bottom one having the coolest looking wheels, but I bet it's a mock up with no real car parts, and it looks like the model is in the design studio for a photo op.

Notice it doesn't have a gas cap like the yellow model directly above it, and the rocker panel is black with the AMX 3 call out looking really nice. Different tailights too.

From the Supercars website story on the AMX3:
Giotto Bizzarrini, of ex-Ferrari fame, was specifically responsible for making a production worthy AMX/3 out of the show queen AMX/2. What would have been a challenging build for AMC, was easily handled by Bizzarrini who was very familiar with race car design
and construction, particularly on a tight budget.

Bizzarrini's final AMX/3 featured the hallmark of sports engineering, a mid-mounted engine and rear transaxle. The Italian firm Melara developed the new gearbox while BMW completed final testing on the roadworthy AMX/3. It seemed AMC was serious about production. From a design standpoint, the AMC/3 was remarkably similar to Ford's DeTomaso Pantera which debuted just one day after the AMX/3. Such timely releases made it unclear exactly who copied who, but in any case, the casual observer can easily mistake the AMX/3 with a Pantera.

Due to the successful launch, and low price of the Pantera, AMC scrapped the AMX/3 project. Bizzarrini was ordered to destroy all six cars, which he, of course, did not.


Tuesday, 29 June 2010

I'm impressed and amazed by the obscurity of 1967 fashion photoshoot at the Irwindale Raceway, with drag racer Danny Ongais, driver for MT & Leong

So you too must be wondering, who in the hell thought dragsters and womens fashion couture had anything in common? It was Vogue magazine, April 1967 issue


Monday, 28 June 2010

A freshly restored 1929 Graham-Paige Sound Train was just shown at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours

Above photo via: by Douglas Wilkinson, the car is a the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum, 3550A Mahan Drive (Highway 90), Tallahassee, Florida
Phone: (850) 942-0137


This 1929 Graham-Paige Sound Train began life as a limousine, and then was sent to the Indianapolis, IN Harry O. McGee Company for modifications. These modifications included a large public address system. The limousine interior was left pretty much unchanged, but the front-end sheet metal around the hood area was rounded to give the appearance of being the boiler of a locomotive. A large headlight was mounted up front along with a smoke stack, bell, steam dome, and whistle. The chrome-plated bell had a wire running inside to the instrument panel so the driver could attract even more attention to the vehicle.

These vehicles were built in the late 1920s and 1930s for the parent company of Paramount Pictures. They were used for all kinds of publicity situations: to advertise the opening of a new movie in a town or to deliver a star to an opening in grand style with dancing girls riding on the seats located on the fenders.

For my previous post, with 3 different photos of the variety of the Sound Trains:

For the only thing I've came across about the Trackless Train:
For a gallery of the San Diego sound train Graham Paige that I just photographed in Sept 2010


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