Aston Martin-powered ’73 AMX project

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Where’s Jack Roush when you need him?

The Pick of the Day is a 1973 AMC AMX project with an Aston Martin V12 engine transplant that is being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“This unique muscle car project needs a good home and the resources to finish it,” the seller says in the advertisement.

Which is why I include the reference to Jack Roush. Before he was a big-time racing car team owner and major supplier to Detroit automakers, Roush was teaching mathematics, my recollection is in a junior college in Michigan, drag racing and supplementing his income by searching the weekend Detroit newspaper classified sections for custom car and hot-rod projects people had started but were unable to complete. 

Roush would buy those cars, finish the work and sell the cars for a decent profit, and thus was born what has become the empire of Roush Enterprises.

Artist’s conception of the car when finished

Work in progress

In regard to the Pick of the Day, the seller notes that the base car is a modified and restored 1973 AMX and that a 2001 Aston Martin DB7 serves as the parts donor. 

“At present, it is a rolling chassis with the engine and drive-train all installed,” the seller reports. 

The plan was to build the car to compete for “muscle car of the year” honors on the show circuit.

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“All the parts are there for you to work with. It has been stored in a fully insulated shed and sitting on a rack,” the seller says. “It owes me $60,000+ but will take $35,000 as is.”

The car has a 6.0-liter V12, T56 6-speed manual gearbox, Aston Martin rear end and independent suspension with Bilstein coil-over shocks and Brembo brakes. Wheels are Forgelines, 19-inches in front and 20s at the rear.

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

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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.

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  1. I’m interested in the car- someone PLEASE do an emag/YouTube/print record of the build and publish!
    Jack Roush? Maybe if it were an AMX/Voodoo conversion- he’s a Ford specialist, donchakno’- I’m thinkin’ where’s Chip Foose and the "Overhaulin’" team when ya need ’em?
    Or, what about the old "Pimp My Ride" team from Galpin? They are an Aston Martin dealer, and have the talent already on board to do this right- an unusual relic with an exotic motor… Can you say "SEMA"?
    This thing really begs for completion.
    R
    Fargo ND

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