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1980 Spirit AMX


1980 Spirit AMX

AMX. For car enthusiasts only:

1980 Spirit AMX front

A picture of performance with front air dam, rear deck spoiler, accent stripes, flared fenders, blacked out bumpers, bumper guards and nerfing strips, a blackout grille and headlight bezels, spoke styled wheels, Flexten-belted outline-white-lettered radial tires, and bold AMX graphics.

Inside AMX you settle back in bucket seats of Sport vinyl. Your eyes take in the functional good looks of the instrument panel with tachometer, Sport steering wheel and other interior appointments.


1980 Spirit AMX


You're in for a new driving experience with the standard G.T. Rally-tuned suspension system, a performance-tuned exhaust system (with manual transmission only), and extra quiet insulation to keep distractions out and your personal driving satisfaction in.


AMX also lets you have some fun and sun with an optional pop-up moon roof. For car enthusiasts, AMX is hard to resist. We planned it that way.

1980 Spirit AMX rear


1980 Spirit/AMX Standard Features:

The AMX model offers the following equipment in addition to or in place of Spirit base model (not shown) equipment.

  • 4.2 Liter (258 CID) 6-cylinder engine
  • G.T. Rally-tuned suspension system
  • Tachometer
  • Black left remote mirror
  • Power liftback release
  • Deep-tone exhaust system (manual transmission only)
  • Extra quiet insulation
  • Dual note horns
  • Spoke style wheels
  • DR70 x 14 outline white letter tires
  • Black bumpers
  • Bumper guards
  • Bumper nerf strips
  • Black front and rear fender flares with accent stripes
  • Black front air dam
  • Color-keyed rear deck spoiler with accent stripes
  • Black grille insert and headlight bezels
  • Black door, quarter window and rear window surround moldings
  • Black venturi area
  • Black 'B' pillar overlay
  • Black windshield wipers
  • AMX graphics on doors
  • AMX nameplates on grille and rear spoiler
  • Sport steering wheel
  • AMX nameplate on glove box door

Spirit/AMX Options


    (Some items car groups listed are standard on DL or Limited models, AMX or with select packages)

  • Power steering
  • Power disc brakes
  • Power door locks
  • Power liftback release
  • AM radio (standard on DL and Limited models)
  • AM/FM stereo radio
  • AM/FM/cassette stereo radio
  • AM/FM/CB stereo radio
  • Premium audio system (includes power amplifier, four high-fidelity speakers and Fader control; requires one of the above stereo options)
  • Air conditioning system (includes H.D. cooling system, H.D. alternator and parcel shelf)
  • Air conditioning package (includes air conditioning system above, power steering and tinted glass)
  • Visibility Group (includes remote LH & RH mirrors, 10" day/night mirror)
  • Light Group (includes dome-map light, two courtesy lights, glove box light, engine compart ment light and liftback dome light switch)
  • Convenience Group (includes lighted passenger visor mirror, lights-on buzzer, intermittent windshield wipers)
  • Gauge Package (includes tachometer, clock, amp and oil gauges and vacuum pressure gauge; console and bucket seats required; not available with 4-cylinder engine)
  • Tinted glass
  • Rear window defogger
  • Pop-up moon roof (not available with roof rack)
  • Dual note horns
  • Remote left-hand mirror
  • Cruise control (with automatic transmission only)
  • Adjustable tilt steering wheel
  • Leather wrapped sports steering wheel
  • Console (requires bucket seats and parcel shelf; not available with automatic column shift)
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Roof rack (sedan only)
  • Spirit G.T. Package (optional with Spirit Base and DL models; includes the following equipment in addition to or in place of Base or UL items: Interior -- tachometer, sport steering wheel; Exterior -- black bumpers with guards and nerf strips, blackout grille and headlight bezels, blackout moldings -- windshield, rear window, drip rails, belt and 'B' pillar overlay -- black rear Venturi area, spoke styled wheels, G.T. medallions, black left remote mirror, dual pinstripes; Functional -- deep-tone exhaust (6-cylinder engine with manual transmission only), P195/75 R14 Fiberglas belted radial BSW tires)
  • Two-tone paint (not available with Rally stripe or on Spirit Base models)
  • Rally stripe (not available with two-tone or Spirit G.T. package)
  • AMX hood decal
  • AMX custom interior (AMX only; includes custom reclining bucket seats in Sport vinyl or Caberfae corduroy, custom door trim panels, split rear seat, day/night mirror, courtesy lights under instrument panel, parcel shelf, premium headliner and sun visors)
  • Styled wheel covers
  • Wire wheel covers
  • Spoke-styled wheels
  • Turbine aluminum wheels
  • Turbocast II aluminum wheels
  • Protection Group (includes front and rear bumper guards and nerf strips, door edge guards, front floor mats
  • Extra quiet insulation
  • Locking gas cap
  • Scuff molding
  • G.T. Rally -- tuned suspension package (includes uniquely tuned front sway bar, rear sway bar, heavy duty adjustable Gabriel Strider shock absorbers, tuned strut rod bushings, tuned rear spring Iso-clamp pads, Hi-control rear leaf springs, unique steering gear, heavy duty disc/drum brakes. Available with Spirit G.T. Package only. Not available with 4-cylinder)
  • Handling Package (includes unique front and rear sway bars. Not available with Spirit G.T., AMX or 4-cylinder engine)
  • Heavy duty shock absorbers
  • Manually adjusted air shocks (not available on Spirit G.T., AMX or with heavy duty shock absorbers)
  • Front sway bar (optional only on Spirit Sedan with Bias Ply tires; standard all other models)
  • Heavy duty cooling system (includes heavy duty radiator, viscous drive train fan, fan shroud, coolant recovery system)
  • Heavy duty battery
  • Cold Climate Group (includes heavy duty battery, engine block heater, heavy duty alternator, coolant protection to -34F)

Spirit AMX Engine Information

1980 AMX

4.2 Liter (258 6 cyl.)

Transmissions with axle ratio.
49 states / California (High Altitude Option)
Automatic floor shift 2.53 / 2.53 (2.73)
4-Speed Manual floor shift 2.53 / 2.53 (2.53)

1980 AMC Exterior Color Availability for Spirit AMX

Olympic White

Cardinal Red

Saxon Yellow

Cameo Blue

Cameo Tan

Med. Brown, Met.

Navy Blue

Classic Black

Classic AMX Club International


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