The 1979 AMC Spirit AMX is a car that I think deserves far more love from the car community than it currently gets. AMX was a plucky automaker up against the biggest in the world, they turned out a series of ground-breaking models including the AMC Eagle SX/4 before ceasing operations in 1987.

Race-prepared examples of the AMC Spirit AMX did remarkably well on track, including a 1st and 2nd in class with actor James Brolin sharing driving duties at the Nürburgring 24 Hour in 1979.

The AMC Spirit AMX and the Nürburgring 24 Hour

Two examples of the AMC Spirit AMX were shipped to Germany in 1979 after just three weeks of rushed preparation to compete in the brutal 1979 Nürburgring 24 Hour.

There’s no doubt that this was one of the toughest races on the calendar in 1979, if not the toughest circuit race outright. Whereas the 24

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