The stripes on the Machine in the photo are home made. The real stripes look much better. The internal pieces rcpaulsen is talking about are the Forged steel crank shaft and piston rods as opposed to cast iron pieces used in normal cars. The external pieces were the dog leg heads, special intake manifold and exhaust manifolds. With remarkably little in the way of performance enhancements (a valve job) and some Group 19 performance parts, the car was capable of 472 horsepower and 12.73 in the quarter. Not too shabby for an extra (then) $500. No competitor could sell you car making that kind of horsepower, handling (best of the muscle car era) and options for anywhere near the price AMC did.
AMC Rebel Machine specs
|Curb weight||1659 kg (3657 lbs)|
|Origin country||United States|
|Displacement||6.4 l (391 ci)|
|Power||345 ps (340 bhp / 254 kw)|
|Torque||583 Nm (430 lb-ft)|
|Power / liter||54 ps (53 hp)|
|Power / weight||208 ps (205 bhp) / t|
|Torque / weight||351 Nm (259 lb-ft) / t|
|Layout||front engine, rear wheel drive|
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John Newell, The Rebel Machine G 6y ago
rcpaulsen 8y ago
"THE MACHINE" was putting out a lot more than 340 HP, but the factory downgraded it (1) to give it an advantage in "stock" drag racing classes, and 2) for insurance purposes. While the engine block was visually and dimensionally identical to AMC's basic 390 on the outside, it was a special casting with extra internal webbing for durability, and most of the internal pieces were special high-performance parts. My father bought one new in 1970, and he shut down 427 Chevs and 440 Dodges with regularity. When he sold his MACHINE in 1974, the new owner got serious with it and cleaned up at the local dragstrip. It was a "loss leader" for American Motors, to get the word out that they were fully capable of competing in the horsepower wars. An AMC factory rep (very quietly) told my father, "You do realize that engine costs more than you paid for the car, right?"
SITG 12y ago
How did that brick take the top honours on the TGT? Is it a typo or did it have J Tubes attached for the run :-)
bob marli 12y ago
lol this is true
jds 14y ago
yes the base model was called the the Rebel. this perfomance veirson was called "The Machine"
Anonymous 14y ago
Looks like a DODGE.
Anonymous 14y ago
not bad looking, but is it really called the Rebal Machine? lol