AMC AMX 400: A MUSCLE CAR FOR BARRIS
In 1969 the famous film preparer George Barris was commissioned by the AMC to design a concept car based on the AMX 390
George Barris is universally famous in the history of Hollywood cinema for the Batmobile produced in 1966, but many cars have been developed by him.
In 1969 AMC contacted him to design a concept car based on his AMX 390 reworked in a futuristic way: the AMX 400.
The new car unchanged the 315 hp V8 390 6.4 engine managed by a three-speed Borg-Warner Shift Command automatic transmission.
Externally a new chromed exhaust system with lateral terminals was installed and a new bonnet equipped with increased air intakes, new steel slots on the rear window and mounted on the nose, there was a new chromed grille.
The V8 390 6.4 engine
The most interesting addition, however, was the rear lighting system. Composed of a green light to indicate that the vehicle was accelerating, a yellow one to indicate deceleration and the canonical red lights for braking.
I would not have minded a vehicle like this if it had gone into production, considering also that a rear light system like this would be very useful for road safety. And what do you think of it?
Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation