Built by Team Highball which was a factory AMC supported race team as one of a two car team for the 1979 Nurburgring 24h. This was the number 2 car. The sister car was number 1. Car has been media blasted and epoxy primed. Rear quarter panels replaced to bring car back to FIA Gp1 appearance from it's last raced IMSA-GT flares. For the FIA Nurburgring 24h it had a 304 4V engine. Later in IMSA-AC a higher spec 304 and in IMSA-GT a dry sump 360 engine from the Penske NASCAR race program. The photo of it as white #67 on trailer is how we found the car.
This car was sponsored by AMC, BFGoodrich and driven by Lyn St James, Gary Witzenburg and Jim Downing in the 1979 Nurburgring 24 Hours. Wearing a brilliant black, blue, orange and yellow paint scheme, the car represented America well as it finished first in class, its sister car finishing second, for a one-two Team Highball finish. Even more surprising, both cars competed on BF Goodrich street radial tires, a significant sales promotion for the new high performance Radial T/A tires. The BFG Company filmed the event from the air as well as several points around the circuit and a short movie was made of the event titled "The Ultimate Challenge". Both a VHS tape and DVD of the race will be included with the sale of this car. Automobile Quarterly featured Gary Witzenburgs story on the Nurburgring effort in their Volume 1 Number 1 book. a copy will be included. After the Ring appearance, this AMX sat idle until late in 1980, when it was used as a pace car at an IMSA race at Road Atlanta. On worn old racing tires it spun off the rain soaked track and into mud. Race officials decided to leave the car there until after the race. A bad decision as not long after the restart another racer spun off the track crashed into the front of the AMX. Back at the Team Highball Raleigh, NC race shop mechanics replaced the front clip with one of their IMSA-AC (Kelly American Challenge) AMC Concords that had rear end damage. After the repair, the AMX car was upgraded to IMSA-GT spec. The car then competed in the 1981 Kelly American Challenge Series driven by Amos Johnson, the Daytona 24 Hours in 1981-82 as a customer car and the Daytona Finale 'Free For All'in late 1982 by a Team Highball employee. WE don't think it raced after that. The Nurburgring race was featured in Automobile Quarterly Vol 19 No 1 and also Road Test magazine March 1981. Others mentions include misc AMC Owners magazines, 'Victory Lane' March 2004, 'Hemmings Muscle Machines' Feb 2005, 'Classic & Sportscar' Feb 2005 and just recently a barn finds book by Tom Cotter titled "the Cobra in the Barn".
Class: SVRA Group 10
Induction: Edelbrock Torker single 4V intake manifold
Heads: Dog Leg style exhaust ports. Stock.
Main Caps: Stock
Connecting Rods: Stock
Pistons: Stock cast
Camshaft: Ertel hyd .477 lift .298 dur
Valve Train: Stock
Pressure Plate: No
Exhaust: No exhaust
Total Time: Fresh not run since
Upgraded oil pump kit
Age: From 1981
Capacity: 32 gal
Fuel Pump: None
Water Pump: Stock cast iron
Oil Cooler: None
Ignition: Elec distr
Currently has stock model-15 so car can roll
Paint: PPG DP 90 epoxy primer
New steel front fenders. IMSA fenders included.
Type: Tub with very well built IMSA GT roll cage.
Builder: AMC and Team Highball
Front Suspension: Screw jacks for coil springs. Missing one spring.
Rear Suspension: Leaf spring and panhard bar.
Shocks: Used Bilstein's for the rear.
Steering: Stock AMX P/S box
Wheels: Stock steel and 14
Tires: Junk old street tires but hold air
Fire System: None
Steering Wheel: Yes
Condition: Needs drivers floor pan repair. Solid otherwise.