One Off Concept 1977 AMC AM Van rare original

Price: US $72,000.00 Item location: Highland Park, Illinois, United States
  • Make: AMC
  • Model: Other
  • Type: SUV
  • Trim: One off concept
  • Year: 1977
  • Mileage: 0
  • Color: Red
  • Number of cylinders: non running
  • Fuel: non running
  • Transmission: non running
  • Interior color: Black
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1977 AMC Other One off concept

1977 AMC AM VANOne Off ConceptFavorite Design at Concept 80 Show
Press clippings from CONCEPT 80 tour

Attention: Museums, Museums, Museums and other collectors with a display of their collector cars.

Be sure to read the following this may be your rarest and only opportunity to get a concept vehicle that does not break the bank.

1977 AMC AM Van

The following information is being presented on this concept vehicle called the American Motors AM Van. This concept vehicle was presented at the "AMC Concept 80 show". The AM Van was a big hit because of the concept for its usage, its size and its idea of four-wheel drive and the fact that it was two inches shorter than a VW.

This one off concept vehicle was presented at the auto shows in a ‘styling buck' form. The definition of a styling buck is: a vehicle that is presented to the upper echelon executives in its completed in a rolling full scale exterior form without mechanicals and very often presented in the outdoors so that a decision can be made by upper echelon executives as to whether the appearance is acceptable for a green light to go forward with the production of the design.

For those that are not familiar with the various steps that the automotive corporations use to make that decision for final production design, most automotive designs start off with a sketch by an automotive artist. From that sketch a small-scale clay model is made. If the small clay model is accepted in its appearance, then a large full scale clay model is made.

If the large clay model is approved than the project goes to the next level as a full-scale fiberglass styling buck that represents the outside appearance of the car as if it is a full running vehicle on wheels. Styling bucks are not motorized but have the appearance that they are.

The following paragraph is an excerpt from the American Motors press release of 1977 for the Concept 80's. The AM Van which had emerged as the most popular design among the six proposed designs in that series which were being presented to the AMC executives.

Concept AM Van has emerged as the most popular design among the six unique concept cars being exhibited by American Motors Corporation.

"When the concept AM Van was first released for public viewing, ‘concept AM Van' was conceived as a go anywhere four wheel drive vehicle with excellent potential for recreational and utility use in addition to family transportation: American Motors sees as future trends in smaller, fuel efficient automobiles for the 1980s.

The car that you see before you is the "Real McCoy" 1977 AMC AM Van and was acquired by the present famous auto collection where it now resides when Chrysler bought out American Motors. The now current collection has had this car for approximately 25 years. Since that time this concept car has been presented at many museums for exhibition including the Gilmore Museum in approximately 1995 and the Kenosha Historical Society Museum 2014 among others. It is considered one of the two rarest American Motors concept pieces that exist today.

The following will show text information and pictures that will help a prospective collector or museum better understand what the enthusiasm was for this vehicle when first shown. The fact is that this is still an extremely attractive design by today's standards of design.


There are very few automotive museums that have a concept car/styling buck. This car is a full roller and it is highly recommended for sophisticated automotive collections that do not have a concept car or a museum that wants to be able to display this AM Van Concept vehicle and to be able to have bragging rights that they have a concept car.

Today concept cars, whether they are styling bucks or other forms, are considered the most valuable post war American rolling art pieces that exist.

So if you have a museum or are a car collector with a fantastic display for your current collector cars, than why not be one of the few collections in the United States that lay claim to having a concept car.


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