What follows is a history of the AMX that Tom Benvie
donated to get this project going:
The Charity AMX left my house last weekend to begin
it's journey to be fixed and sold-all money will go to a Children's Charity. (And while
I'm on the subject, I just saw the posting of all the shows for next year. Could this be
the year the AMC hobby actually tries to help a charity? The New England Club will
hopefully carry on the tradition of collecting coloring books, crayons, and videos for
Children's Hospital, and I hope the Southeast Regionals under Jeff Barfield will do the
same. How about everyone else?).
I found a black and white picture of the Charity car from the mid 70s the second owner
sent me the day the restoration was to begin. Well, it was taken apart, but that was it
until I bought it over 20 years later. I also think I may have a picture of the car
somewhere with the original owner from our first show in 1975. I took a few pictures the
day it left, so will scan them and get them posted.
A few more people deserve some mention here. Joe Fulton sent a generous check that was
used to buy some parts for the car before it left, and Glen and Rita Allen of Georgia sent
an awesome photo album to put pictures of the car and other documentation. I think I'll
have everyone who helped with the car sign a page as the car moves around.
of each section of the Buick Reatta plant signed off on each car, so why not here?). I'll
also put documentation I'm reproducing with the car, such as window sticker, build sheet,
I also found the door data plate, and the numbers and decoding are as follows:
The VIN is A0M397P259459 and the Dash number is 20131
The VIN decodes as follows:
M-4 speed floor shift (A Borg Warner T-10 in this case)
397-the model and trim level for any 68-70 2 seater AMX
P-360 4 bbl engine
259459-the sequential order number. This is the 159,459th AMC auto that
was processed for 1970. The car was ordered the end of March, 1970.
Body: R028075-this is the 28,075th AMX or Javelin body made in 1970. It was made the week
of April 25, which must have been a problem week for AMC as they only made 39 Javelins and
only 4 AMXs-I'll have to look up what happened, but I bet it was a supply problem. It
wasn't a strike at AMC because that happened in Nov 69 and closed the plant for almost 6
Model-7039-7- 70=1970, 39-7= AMX 2 door hardtop
Trim-031F- 0=1970, 3=AMX, 1=Black, F=Vinyl
Paint-87A - Glen Green Metallic Acrylic Enamel
E085693. This is the 85,693rd car down the east assy line, which also includes Hornets and
since Feb the new Gremlin. The car was completed the week of April 25th. There were 261
AMXs made in April, and 3,482 AMXs made so far in the 70 model year.
The car is a 360 4 speed. There were 1583 360 cars and 2468 4 speed cars, with a total of
Some of the options and their production numbers:
Command Air (which I removed so it no longer has)-597
Stripes-2566 (it was white)
Bumper Guards-1726 (also removed)
There were 1206 cars with the black vinyl seats.
The cars first 2 owners were from Quincy, Mass (home of Articboy Bob Wilson) and may have
been purchased at one of 2 AMC dealerships in town-C A Cox, which I have talked about
before as being one of the all time performance AMC dealerships, or Hassan Bros AMC which
is still a Jeep dealership and both Bob and I are friendly with the 3 Hassan Bros (though
they make me uncomfortable. At 6'4" I don't often deal with people a whole lot taller
than me. These 3 guys are all about 6'10"+ and make me feel small!). I bought the car
off of owner #2 who owned the car since 1974 (It was his first car!).
So I hope that is more info than you needed to know, but that's the history of the car.
Hope to get the pictures scanned soon.
Thomas M. Benvie
5 Sachem Rock Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333