You Need This: AMC Spirit that previously raced in IMSA RS

Colin
By Colin Wood
Feb 14, 2024 | AMC, IMSA RS, Cars For Sale, AMC Spirit

Photography Courtesy Roger Gladson/Facebook Marketplace

How to relive the thrill of IMSA RS? How about with a car that actually competed in the series? That’s the story behind this AMC Spirit.

The seller restored the car to how it looked in 1979, and currently comes fitted with a 343 cubic-inch V8 that’s backed by a Borg Warner T-10 gearbox.

The car also comes fitted with a roll cage, fuel cell, fire suppression system and more.

Located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, this 1978 AMC Spirit is listed at $16,500.

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J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
2/14/24 12:30 p.m.

I've seen a lot of AMC Spirits come across my cars for sale feeds. Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something. Love the iconic AMC motorsport colors.

chandler
chandler MegaDork
2/14/24 12:48 p.m.

Those wheels are secksy

Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself
Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself PowerDork
2/14/24 1:06 p.m.

The reverse arch springs are interesting.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/14/24 1:12 p.m.

A friend of ours raced one of those–heck, maybe that same car–and was once T-boned in a race.

He had the bashed-up door hanging in his office. 

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
2/14/24 1:17 p.m.

Kind of weird; early Pantera wheels, and an engine + trans combo last seen in the 1960's.

I've never done more than looked at these, and I think these look great.  Like a perfect size, styling seems pretty good, and it's another AMC built-from-corporate-Lego's product so swapping and upgrades are possible.  Seems like it should have been a bigger deal when they were being sold?  

DavyZ
DavyZ New Reader
2/14/24 1:47 p.m.
pres589 (djronnebaum) said:

Kind of weird; early Pantera wheels, and an engine + trans combo last seen in the 1960's.

I've never done more than looked at these, and I think these look great.  Like a perfect size, styling seems pretty good, and it's another AMC built-from-corporate-Lego's product so swapping and upgrades are possible.  Seems like it should have been a bigger deal when they were being sold?  

Pantera?!?  OMG, I think they are Campagnolo wheels!  Probably worth more than the car itself..

Toyspyder
Toyspyder New Reader
2/14/24 5:08 p.m.

I miss AMC. I owned a Javelin and a Spirit at one time or another and liked both cars. They were solid and trouble free compared to many of the other 53 cars/trucks that I have owned in my lifetime. I always wanted an AMX but, alas, that never happened for one reason or another. They always seemed to be just a little above my financial comfort zone and that is still the case today.

ddavidv
ddavidv UltimaDork
2/15/24 7:42 a.m.

I think it's the paint scheme that gets me. There is a Javelin vintage racer for sale at Classic Auto Mall that also made me glance at my bank account. I also like underdogs, so racing an AMC would be perfect. Blissfully, my current garage is full, killing real temptation.

Noddaz
Noddaz GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/15/24 2:48 p.m.

Nice AMC.  Iconic coloring.

Smells like AMC Spirit?

Datsun240ZGuy
Datsun240ZGuy MegaDork
2/15/24 2:55 p.m.

AMC had a production facility in Kenosha, Wisconsin, home of The Brat Stop (look it up).  Every old AMC is from that area - where is this car at?

Waukesha, Wisconsin - how cliche. 

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