Thursday, April 4, 2013

Side-Street Triple AMC Find

While I was out hunting for old iron, I took a side street in a questionable industrial neighborhood (the 40-ounce malt liquor jugs, sex toy and condom packaging and shell casings in the gutters made me think twice about where I was), and found these three classic AMC products. I had prior experience with all three: the AMXs were in a backyard off of Eugene, Oregon's "Northwest Expressway" in the late 90s until a subdivision displaced them, and the Ambassador was once owned by someone notorious for exposing himself to children, and was at one point set up to be a mobile rape dungeon with one seat, carpeted decking elsewhere and no inside door handles. (I looked close at the car circa 2007)

Juice on the Ambassador's history can be found here, or for the link-phobic, the section from the April 25, 2006 Eugene Register-Guard follows:

Man reported exposing himself near school 

Eugene police are looking for a man who was allegedly exposing himself in a car near Bertha Holt Elementary School Monday morning. 

A parent reported seeing the man about 11 a.m. on Calvin Street exposing himself while reading a magazine and watching students on the playground, according to an e-mail sent to parents. No children reported seeing him. 

When approached, the man drove away. 

According to the e-mail, the description given to police was of a man who appeared to be in his 50s or 60s, balding with gray hair, about 5 feet 6 and weighing more than 200 pounds. His car was an older American four-door sedan, green with brown doors, in visible disrepair. The Oregon license plate reported was THA-952. 

Eugene police are investigating. 

Holt Elementary officials want anyone who sees a suspicious person near the school to alert the school office immediately. The school will increase its supervision of the area for the next few days and remind students of safe behavior around strangers, according to the e-mail.
 I find it strange that I ate breakfast & lunch at the same supermarket delis that the former owner of this car did.

With the recent increase in muscle-car and AMC values, it is likely that both AMXs will be restored, but given its condition, background and interior "modifications", the Ambassador will likely be scrap metal. The AMX with a bonnet, a 1970 model, appears to be the high-performance variant with a 401cid V8, and will bring big money when restored. 

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