Similar Cars. [117] However, in its day the car sold in respectable numbers, regularly outselling both the Plymouth Barracuda and Dodge Challenger that are popular with collectors today. [29], The car was longer and roomier than the Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro, but not the Plymouth Barracuda, and its shape was described as "exciting and beautiful". [51] All cars included the 390 cu in (6.4 L) V8 engine with heavy-duty and performance features along with the front and rear spoilers, and were also painted in AMC racing team's distinctive Matador Red, Frost White, and Commodore Blue "hash" paint scheme. AMC did eventually assign a part number (after the SCCA program) and two blocks were later sold to customers. [50] Designed for Trans Am racing, the rules required factory production of 2,500 spoiler equipped cars. The new Javelins looked more luxurious, even though a factory vinyl roof was not available. Heavy-duty springs and shocks along with front sway bar were passed on to the standard equipment list, as also were power front disk brakes and power steering, all regardless of transmission. [57] The indicated engine power outputs also changed from 1971 to 1972–74. [115], The Chicago Sun-Times auto editor Dan Jedlicka wrote that the Javelin, which he describes as "beautifully sculpted" and "one of the best-looking cars of the 1960s", is "finally gaining the respect of collectors, along with higher prices. American Motors Corporation’s Javelin was the “ponycar” Competitor to the Camaro, Firebird, Mustang, Cuda, Challenger. Despite the lack of a V8 engine, the VAM Javelin was a success in both sales and among public opinion. Using his developmental work from the prior year, Kaplan built three more cars, two for AMC and one for himself using his own finances. 1972 Amc Cardin Javelin Is A Sleek Cruiser. Car is a real "p" code 360 V8, automatic, center console, AMX! Headlights for 1972 AMC Javelin, Covers for 1972 AMC Javelin, Parts for 1972 AMC Javelin, Starters for 1972 AMC Javelin, Water Pumps for 1972 AMC Javelin, Interior Parts for 1972 AMC Javelin, Differentials & Parts for 1972 AMC Javelin, Oil Filters for 1972 AMC Javelin, Brake Lines for 1972 AMC Javelin, Thermostats & Parts for 1972 AMC Javelin The center pod had a 240 km/h speedometer, a range that put it on par as an equivalent to AMC's 140 MHP unit of the Rallye Pak; but the colors, graphics, and typography of the dial were the same as the standard gauges. All engines incorporated new emissions controls. [81] However, because this was only a limited promotional "value added" marketing campaign, except as noted on the original window sticker, there is no VIN or door tag code to distinguish an authentic Trans Am-Victory edition car.[82]. American Motors did not include any specific identification (VIN code, door tag, etc.) The engine lineup for 1970 was changed with the introduction of two new AMC V8 engines: a base 304 cu in (5.0 L) and an optional 360 cu in (5.9 L) to replace the 290 and the 343 versions. A unique aspect of the 1969 Javelin is that it kept the same gauge configuration as the 1968 models in contrast to AMC's modifications to the Javelin (and AMX) instrument panel for 1969 with a larger 8,000 RPM tach on the right pod, leaving the smaller left pod exclusive for the clock. If one were to put a small number of specially cast blocks into the general inventory, chances are pretty good that they would be difficult to find them again, so Kaplan painted all the blocks in bright orange so they could identify them on the transfer line. The vehicle needs work. Kaplan was also helped by Champion Spark Plugs who let him use their dyno room to fine-tune and correct any design problems. The top optional 390 cu in (6.4 L) continued, but it was upgraded with new cylinder heads featuring 51 cc combustion chambers and a single 4-barrel Autolite 4300 carburetor,[41] increasing power to 325 bhp (330 PS; 242 kW) at 5000 rpm and maximum torque of 425 lb⋅ft (576 N⋅m) at 3200 rpm. [22], The optional "Go Package" included a four-barrel carbureted 343 cu in (5.6 L) AMC V8, power front disc brakes, heavy-duty suspension, dual exhausts with chromed outlets, wide full-length body-side stripes, and E70x14 red-line tires mounted on chrome-plated "Magnum 500" styled road wheels. Starting in 1971 the AMX was a separate model built on the Javelin platform, like the Pontiac Trans Am was to the Firebird. The VAM versions were equipped with different, locally made components, trim, and interiors compared to the equivalent AMC-made models. The AMC Javelin does not command the high prices of some other muscle cars and pony cars, but offers the same kind of style and spirit for collectors. The performance-upgrade "Go Package" provided the choice of a 360 or 401 4-barrel engine, and included "Rally-Pac" instruments, a handling package for the suspension, "Twin-Grip" limited-slip differential, heavy-duty cooling, power-assisted disc brakes, white-letter E60x15 Goodyear Polyglas tires (on 15x7-inch styled slotted steel wheels) used on the Rebel Machine, a T-stripe hood decal, and a blacked-out rear taillight panel. 1972 AMC JAVELIN SST. Also new was the "power blister" hood, featuring two large openings as part of a functional cold ram-air induction system; this was included with the "Go Package" option. [39] It was produced in Blacksburg, Virginia, in a refitted plant that included tempering, ion exchange, and "fusion process" in new furnaces that Corning had developed in order to be able to supply to the big automakers.[40]. This is an SST, which was the base level for 1972. [6] One was a fiberglass two-seat "AMX", and the other was a four-seat "AMX II". [83], Several factors led to the demise of the Javelin model, not least of which was the economic climate of the time. Body is very nice, not rust underneith. The Javelin's instruments and controls were set deep in a padded panel, with the rest of the dashboard was set well forward, away from the passenger. [97] The Australian Javelins came with top trim and features that included the 343 cu in (5.6 L) 280 bhp (210 kW) V8 engine, three-speed "Shift Command" automatic transmission, and "Twin Grip" limited-slip rear differential. [85], American Motors also introduced the all-new 1974 Matador coupe, described by Popular Mechanics as "smooth and slippery and actually competes with the Javelin for "boss" muscle-car styling". This makes it easy to replicate, and correspondingly difficult to authenticate a "real" Mark Donohue Javelin. 1972 AMC Javelin 1.00 1971 AMC Javelin 2.00 1970 AMC Javelin 2.00 Shop New AMC Javelin. The 1969 VAM Javelin obtained the previously optional heater as standard equipment, the foot pedals received bright trim and the accelerator was changed into a firewall-mounted unit, a support pull strap was applied on the passenger's side dashboard above the glove box, the center cover with the radio speaker grid changed into a woodgrain unit. By this time, the pony car market segment was declining in popularity. Out of that total number, a total of 4,980 Javelin-AMX models were produced for the final model year. Starting in January 1969, four-speed manual transmissions came with a Hurst floor shifter. The year 1971 was vital to VAM as it represented a complete turnaround for the company. A unique dealer-installed option also VAM's own "Go Pack". Only pay for shipping if you know the seller. New roll bars were also developed. The car incorporated the new smaller rectangular grille design with integrated rectangular parking lights and mesh grille, open-air vents under the front of the fenders for cooling the brakes, the "TV screen" taillight design with a larger central bulls-eye emblem between them, and new original seat patterns. When he came back, he found that a deal had already been cut with Roger Penske, and he was out. [87] Nevertheless, more cars were built during the final year of Javelin production than the prior second-generation years, with 27,696 units built, of which 4,980 (about 15 percent) were Javelin AMX models.[88]. They also kept parts for Hudson and the English-built Austin Metropolitan. [33] Optional "Big Bad" paint (neon brilliant blue, orange, or green) also became available from mid-1969 and came with matching front and rear painted bumpers, as well as two vertical rubber-faced painted bumper guards for the rear and a special bright lower grille molding for the front bumper. Flow-through ventilation extracted interior air through apertures in the doors controlled by adjustable flap valves in the bottom of the door armrests. A 2007 magazine article described the design as the "most daring and outlandish" of its kind.[69]. Get both manufacturer and user submitted pics. [79], These cars came packaged with an additional cost optional visibility group, light group, insulation group, protection group, and sports-style steering wheel, but also received at no additional cost (but valued at $167.45) three other features—large "Javelin Winner Trans Am Championship 1971–1972 SCCA" fender decals on the lower portion behind the front wheel openings, 8-slot rally styled steel wheels with E70X14 Polyglass raised white letter tires and a "Space-Saver" spare tire. When the SCCA agreed to let them run, they started last, but, within 10 laps, they were chasing Donohue down and the time differential was narrowing rapidly. The "Shift-Command" Borg-Warner automatic transmissions were replaced by the new "Torque Command" Chrysler-built A998 TorqueFlite. Despite a saturation of international brands, American Motors Corporation managed to establish a presence and the Rambler Classic and Rambler American were locally assembled in the Philippines by Luzon Machineries in Manila. and some "Mark Donohue Signature Edition" cars came through with significant differences in equipment from the factory. BMW 3 Series 7,379.00 listings starting at $5,995.00 Chevrolet Camaro 5,738.00 listings starting at $8,500.00 Chevrolet Corvette 4,632.00 listings starting at $24,998.00 Chevrolet Impala "[17], Road & Track magazine compared a Javelin favorably to its competitors on its introduction in 1968, describing its "big, heavy, super-powerful engine" as "an asset in such a small vehicle", and the styling as "pleasant". [45] The team included former Shelby chassis engineer Chuck Cantwell and a clockwork pit crew. AMC did not agree, and Kaplan ran the year with the engines on hand. [73], American Motors continued its comprehensive "Buyer Protection" extended warranty on all 1973 models that now covered food and lodging expenses of up to $150 should a car require overnight repairs when the owner is more than 100 miles (161 km) away from home. At this point, Penske built all-new cars for his own team and sold all the earlier Kaplan cars and equipment. The owner has had it for 1yr. The car is said to have been in North Carolina from the 1980s until 2000, when it was relocated to California. While the 1974 model was exempt from stricter 1974 bumper standards,[84] AMC estimated it would take $12 million in engineering and design work to revise the bumpers to meet the 1975 standards. [109], American Motors exported factory right-hand-drive vehicles to the United Kingdom which were built at the Brampton plant in Ontario, Canada. The owner has had it for 1yr. Large and/or heavy products will be shipped via truck freight. The BorgWarner T-10 four-speed manual transmission came with a Hurst floor shifter. The 3,244-pound (1,471 kg) 1971 Javelin AMX with a 401 cu in (6.6 L) V8 ran the quarter-mile in the mid-14 second range at 93 miles per hour (150 km/h) on low-lead, low-octane gas. [72] Performance figures conducted by Road Test magazine of a 1973 Javelin SST with the 401 cu in (6.6 L) 4-barrel V8 engine and 4-speed manual transmission resulted in "respectable" quarter-mile (402 m) dragstrip runs of 15.5 seconds at 91 mph (146 km/h). The 1969 model year was also VAM's first self-engineered engine, the 170 hp (127 kW; 172 PS), 9.5:1 compression ratio 252 cu in (4.1 L) six-cylinder engine with a two-barrel Carter WCD carburetor and a new VAM-engineered 266-degree camshaft. In 1969, it came with the 343 cu in (5.6 L) with automatic or four-speed manual transmission. [59], The media noted the revised front fenders (originally designed to accommodate oversized racing tires) that "bulge up as well as out on this personal sporty car, borrowing lines from the much more expensive Corvette. These included among others, dual four-barrel cross-ram intake manifolds, high-performance camshaft kits, needle-bearing roller rocker arms, and dual-point ignition. The standard trim and features make the VAM Javelin equivalent to the U.S. and Canadian AMC Javelin SST. The team picked up Lothar Motschenbacher for the next two races in Canada. Underneath the restyle was a new front suspension featuring ball joints, upper and lower control arms, coil springs, and shock absorbers above the upper control arms, as well as trailing struts on the lower control arms. Actual power output remained the same, but the U.S. automobile industry followed the SAE horsepower rating method that changed from "gross" in 1971 and prior years to "net" in 1972 and later years. [120][121] The 6.2-liter Hemi Mopar engine is fitted with a Whipple 4.5-liter supercharger and tuned to Wegner Motorsports to produce 1,036 hp (773 kW). [73], Javelins driven in the Trans-Am captured the racing title for American Motors in both the 1971 and 1972 seasons. The 1973 Trans Am Victory edition also adds a premium in several classic car appraisal listings, but the distinguishing decal was readily available and it has been added to many Javelins over the years. There was a pair of simulated air scoops on the hood and the windshield was raked at 59 degrees for a "sporty overall appearance. In the intervening period, AMC replaced Kaplan's race program contact with two new men (Chris Schoenlip and John Voelbel from Lever Brothers (soap marketing people)), who had no experience in the automotive field and were ignorant of anything to do with racing. Ltd in Chiswick, West London. Javelins were built in Europe, primarily because they had the largest and most usable rear seat of the American pony cars. The development of the Watt's linkage rear suspension came first. [2] In addition to manufacture in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Javelins were assembled under license in Germany, Mexico, Philippines, Venezuela, as well as Australia – and were marketed globally. American Motors placed third in the over-2-liter class of the 1968 series,[37] and established a record as the only factory entry to finish every Trans-Am race entered.[38].