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1979 Spirit AMX

1979 Spirit AMX

Meet AMX for 1979. Inside and out it's bold, commanding. Expect to be noticed.

AMX. The styling says sizzle. The performance is nothing short of inspiring.


AMX standard features include front and rear black bumpers with bumper guards and nerfing strips, front air dam and rear deck spoiler with accent stripes, front and rear fender flares, blackout grille. Turbocast II aluminum wheels, ER60 x 14 belted radial tires, dual remote mirrors, eye-catching AMX graphics and more.

1979 Spirit AMX hood graphics


Inside you'll find Sport Vinyl or Caberfae Corduroy bucket seats, brushed aluminum instrument panel overlays, leather wrapped sport steering wheel, center console with armrest and a full array of functional gauges. And don't forget the AMX handling experience with rally-tuned suspension package, performance-tuned exhaust sound (with optional V-8 and manual transmission). You can even order a pop-up moonroof option for a fresh air feel.


AMX -- a very moving experience. The only thing more exciting than its looks is the way it acts.

1979 Spirit AMX in Classic Black

1979 Spirit AMX includes these standard features:

  • 258 CID 6-cylinder engine
  • 4-speed manual floor shift
  • G.T. Rally-Tuned Suspension
  • High beam Halogen headlamps
  • Performance tuned exhaust sound (6-cylinder with manual transmission; or V-8)
  • Gauge package and tachometer
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Inside hood release
  • Power liftback release
  • Extra quiet insulation
  • Dual horns
  • Courtesy lights
  • Custom bucket sears in Caberfae corduroy or Sport Vinyl
  • Folding split rear seat back
  • Custom door trim panels
  • Full length console with integral center armrest
  • Brushed aluminum instrument panel overlay
  • Color-keyed leather wrapped sport steering wheel
  • Custom headliner and sunvisor color-keyed carpeting (12 oz.)
  • Color-keyed seat belts (front)
  • Spare tire cover
  • Instrument panel parcel shelf
  • Black bumpers with guards and nerfing strips (front and rear)
  • Front air dam and rear deck spoiler
  • Fender flares with accent stripes
  • Black grille insert and black headlight bezels
  • Turbocast II aluminum wheels (4) with black accents
  • ER60 x 14 Flexten belted radial OWL tires
  • Dual black remote mirrors
  • AMX graphics and AMX flame decal on hood.


  • Wheelbase 96.0"
  • Overall length 168.5"
  • Overall width 71.8"
  • Overall height 51.6"
  • Track front 58.1", rear 57.5"
  • Head room front 37.8", rear 33.5"
  • Leg room front 40.8", rear 27.7"
  • Cargo vol. (cu. ft) 24.8
  • Curb weight (lbs) 2970
Optional packages.

    Air Conditioning Package:

  • Air conditioning
  • Heavy duty cooling system
  • Heavy duty alternator
  • Flex fan
  • Tinted glass (all windows)
  • Power steering
  • Instrument panel parcel shelf (standard on AMX; Spirit DL and Limited models)
Optional Groups.
  • Convenience Group 1
  • Visibility Group 1 (not available on AMX)
  • Light Group 1
  • Protection Group 1
  • Heavy duty cooling system (included with air conditioning)
  • Auxiliary automatic transmission cooler (with V-8 engine only)
  • Cold climate Group
  • Inside hood release.
  • Altitude drivability option (all models destined for principal usage or high altitudes)

  • 1 standard on Limited models

Optional Equipment

Many of these options are included as standard features on specific models and are also available on models not so equipped.

  • 258 CID 6-cylinder engine, standard AMX
  • 304 CID V-8 engine (Spirit liftback and AMX only)
Power Assisted Components:
  • Power steering
  • Power front disc brakes
  • Power door locks
  • Power liftback release (Spirit liftback only)
  • AM radio
  • AM/FM stereo radio with 4 speakers
  • AM/FM CD radio with 4 speakers
  • Air conditioning system
  • Tachometer
  • High beam Halogen headlamps
  • Electronic digital quartz clock (nor available with tachometer)
  • Tinted glass
  • Electric rear window defroster
  • Dual horns
  • Cruise control (not available with 4-cylinder engine or manual transmission)
  • Adjustable tilt steering wheel
  • Left remote control mirror
  • Roof rack (Sedan only, not available with moon roof)
  • Pop-up moon roof (not available with roof rack)
  • Tailgate air deflector (Sedan only)
  • Console with integral center armrest
  • 2-Tone paint (not available with Spirit Sedan or AMX, or with rally stripe)
  • Rally stripe
  • Leather wrapped sport steering wheel
Wheel Trim:
  • Styled wheel covers (argent)
  • Color-keyed styled wheel covers
  • Spoke styled wheels (4)
  • Turbine forged aluminum wheels (4)
  • Turbocast II aluminum wheels (4)
  • Bodyside scuff molding
  • Locking gas cap
  • Protective inner coating
  • Extra quiet insulation
  • Bumper guards (front)
Heavy Duty:
  • Heavy duty battery
  • Air shocks, manual
  • Heavy duty shock absorbers
  • Twin grip differential
  • Front sway bar (Sedan only)

Spirit AMX Engine Information

1979 AMX

Std. 258 6 cyl. Opt. 304 V-8
Bore and Stroke 3.75" x 3.90" 3.75" x 3.44"
Compression Ratio 8.0:1 8.4:1
Transmissions with axle ratio.
49 states/California (High Altitude Option)
Automatic floor shift 2.53/3.08 (2.73) 2.56* (2.87)
4-Speed Manual floor shift 2.53 (2.53) 2.87
* 2.87 with Twin Grip

1979 AMC Exterior Color Availability for Spirit AMX

Olympic White

Firecracker Red

Saxon Yellow

Morocco Buff

Wedgewood Blue

Classic Black

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