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Pick of the Day: AMX with drag racing history

After sprinting down the quarter mile, the car was parked in a barn for 34 years


“No Deposit No Return” was the name given to the Pick of the Day, a 1968 AMC AMX, when it was competing in National Hot Rod Association drag races back in the day. 

After its racing career, the car was deposited in a barn, where it was parked for 34 years, according to the Philadelphia dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com

It would appear that this car would fit right in at one of the nostalgic drag racing events held at various venues across the country.

drag racing, Pick of the Day: AMX with drag racing history, ClassicCars.com Journal
drag racing, Pick of the Day: AMX with drag racing history, ClassicCars.com Journal

“In 2005, the car was found and brought back to life,” the dealer notes in that ad. “Original paint with 60’s style spider webbing and Black interior.”

A quick web search found a report that the car had covered the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds back in the day, but no additional information about its NHRA racing career.

The dealer goes on to note that a replacement 401cid AMC V8 engine block has been bored and stroked to 424 and pumps out around 500 horsepower. The engine has Edelbrock heads and an Edelbrock Torquer intake with a 950 cfm Holley double pumper providing fuel. 

The gearbox is a 727 Mopar unit with a 2,700 stall converter with gear vender 3-speed over and under. 

“Everything is kept cool by two electric fans and an electric water pump,” the dealer adds. 

At the rear, the car has an inner pinion bearing support and 4:10 gears with a Detroit Locker set up, Strange axles and leaf springs.

The car also has disc brakes at all four corners, the dealer points out. 

drag racing, Pick of the Day: AMX with drag racing history, ClassicCars.com Journal

“Take home a piece of Racing History,” the dealer suggests.

The car is being offered for $39,000. 

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. It’s about time the “Pick of the day” got back to cars real gear heads like & away from the foreign crap that has been appearing!

  2. My little brother drove a ’68 AMX but I chose the 1969 SC/Rambler, SC=Street Competition if you want to know for sure. I have owned 5 of these cars during my life and my research, information is extensive and includes factory documentation. One of 1512 built in 1969 as a special promotion vehicle by Hurst and AMC .It was originally slated for 500 but demand soon exceeded orders and more came popping out of Kenosha. The manufacture date was usually stamped inside the red, white, and blue striped headrests. There was also an extra piece of metal welded on the core support that SC owners know about in addition to a few other factory secret additions. Power to weight ratio was similar to 454 Nova but the ‘surprise’ factor really helped. I would cruise downtown Portland Oregon in the early 70’s and everyone thought I built the silly thing. People would ask if I was embarrassed and then I would take them out to Hwy 224 , kick butt, get my $5 and go back for more easy pickens’. Many times, people would race me several times because they could not believe or accept that they were ‘trounced’ by a “Rambler”. I would cruise around to surrounding towns and race their fastest car. We had many town ‘trophies’ in the day. Estacada, Molalla, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Gladstone and some Portland areas. My second SC was stolen twice and the idiots took the engine and transmission not understanding the ‘magic’ of big horsepower, high torque and low weight. The quickest one I owned had 4:56 rear gears and you could actually start off in 4th gear. It was like driving a tractor but punch it at 40 and you could do circles. I never could afford decent tires and as a broke youngster, kept it on the road by feathering, letting off and re-punching it. Who knows what could have been with traction, tires and money for speed parts…


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