In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Pontiac Trans
was one of the most exciting muscle cars around. It was one of the
best-handling and quickest cars around, and its breathtaking looks,
complete with special wheels, special badging, emblems, stripes, and
the hallowed fire-breathing "Flaming Chicken" hood sticker made it a
legend. The Trans-Am, like Burt Reynolds's Bandit, lived and breathed
pure 1970s-era machismo.
Like the Chevy Monza Spyder and
Royal Knight El Camino, the AMC AMX of 1979-1980 tried to capture the
Trans-Am's magic by emulating the sizzle while ignoring the steak.
original AMX of the 1960s was a truly legendary supercar; its
combination of compact size and powerful V-8 made it the most potent
car in AMC's woebegone history. A decade later, today's Muscle Car
Poseur was the sad marriage of a proud name, a garish hood decal, AMC's
hoary old 304 V-8, and the AMC Spirit.
Don't remember the Spirit? Think of AMC's Eagle Wagon, only less advanced and less popular.