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April 7, 2009

Last AMC Dealership

By Rich Truesdell

Automotive Traveler

Driving through Pikeville, North Carolina is like driving through the Twilight Zone. It’s a small, rural North Carolina community about three hours east of Charlotte. Many times in surfing the web on related AMC topics I encountered accounts of a semi-functional AMC dealership of sorts, Collier Motors, in Pikeville, North Carolina. I had just flown into Charlotte five hours earlier to attend the following day’s auction of more than 50 low-mileage AMC Cars to be sold as part of the twice-annual Food Lion Auto Fair held at Lowes’ Motor Speedway. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see if the mythical Collier Motors actually exists. A phone call to a number located on the web confirmed that there was indeed a Collier Motors. I headed east, not quite sure of what I might encounter. Continue reading at Automotive Traveler

Last AMC Dealership


Apr 7, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I hate to see such vehicles going to waste like that, it breaks my heart. I remember the first AMX I ever laid eyes on. It was black, on black, the motor sounded so good as it rolled up my dead end street. The man driving it pulled up next to me and asked if I knew a man that lived on the street. Of course I told him where he lived, and watched as he pulled into the driveway. I continued to ride my bike up and down the street waiting for the man to return. Soon, he was walking back to his car, started her up and backed, I had spent the better part of an hour stopping by the car looking at it. When pulled up next to me he asked me if I wanted to race for titles. Of course my Schwinn was no match, bu I gave it a go. He revved the engine a few times, and vividly remember the site of that AMX jerking the front tires a few inches off the ground as he dumped the clutch. I was pedalling as fast as I could but he passed me. He never did come back to get my bike. My dad saw the event unfold from the porch, I asked him if he knew what kind of car it was, and of course he did, he said thats an AMX. Then he said next time dont race for titles he might want that bike after all.
I have tried to buy so many cars sitting in fields like those are, here is a list.
69 z-28 with a 302 four speed, rotting away finally sent to the crusher by the man who bought the property.
66 mustang, turned out to be a GT 350,gutted but none the less wasting away.
55 two shoe box, rotting in a field in tn, not for sale I m gonna fix it up some day, property sold, car went to the crusher along with several others 59 impala, 65 impala, 32 duece, 34 vicky,
50 f-100 a 56 vert, and a suicide four lincoln.
70 Pymouth Superbird, 69 GTX, 68 Charger and a very rare 85 mustang 5.0 t-top coupe. Not for sale I m gonna fix em up one day, also in a field in TN. Cars are still there, just rusting hulks, a tree fell on the GTX and the Superbrd, severe damage. If he had sold them to me they would be stored, and the repair work would be in progress.
Sorry for rambling on, but like I said I hate to see them go to waste like so many have.

Apr 7, 2009 at 6:27 am

damn, im only a little over an hour away from pikeville, hour and 15 minutes tops, right up I-95 near the Virginia line, i might ride out there one day if i get the time and all, never been into AMC but i wouldn’t mind walking around, AMC was probably a company just as good as chevy, ford and mopar back then but it just wasn’t as big or weel known so it went under, i might have to check that place out sometime though

Brett Powers
Apr 7, 2009 at 5:17 am

Jen, this looks like a place you might enjoy being as you are an AMC owner. Hell I might even enjoy it.

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