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AMC Javelin

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A sporty coupe produced by AMC from 1968-1974.

Magazine & newsletter covers include: GTR Newsletter, January 2016 (Mark Donohue Trans Am scale model)

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's AMC Javelin page on 2 December 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The AMC Javelin is an American front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, two-door hardtop manufactured and marketed by AMC in two generations, 1968–70 and 1971–74. Styled by Dick Teague, the Javelin was available in a range of trim and engine levels, from economical pony car to muscle car variants. In addition to manufacture in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Javelins were assembled under license in Germany, Mexico, Venezuela, as well as Australia – and were marketed globally.

As the winner of Trans-Am race series in 1971, 1972, and 1976, the second-generation AMX variant was the first pony car to be used as a standard vehicle for highway police car duties by an American law enforcement agency.

Development

American Motors' Javelin served as the company's entrant into the "pony car" market created by the Ford Mustang. The design evolved from two AMX prototypes shown in AMC's "Project IV" concept cars during 1966. One was a fiberglass two-seat "AMX", and the other was a four-seat "AMX II". Both of these offerings reflected the company's strategy to shed its "economy car" image and appeal to a more youthful, performance-oriented market.

Sales of convertibles were dropping and AMC did not have the resources to design separate fastback and notchback hardtops that were available on the Mustang and on the second-generation Plymouth Barracuda, so the AMC designer team under Richard A. Teague penned only one body style, "a smooth semi-fastback roofline that helped set Javelin apart from other pony cars."

The Javelin was built on AMC's "junior" (compact) Rambler American platform only as a two-door hardtop model to be a "hip", dashing, affordable pony car, as well as available in muscle car performance versions. "Despite management's insistence on things like good trunk space and rear-seat room, Teague managed to endow the Javelin with what he termed the wet T-shirt look: voluptuous curves with nary a hint of fat."

First generation (1968-1970)

The Javelin debuted on August 22, 1967 for the 1968 model year, and the new models were offered for sale from September 26, 1967 with prices starting at $2,743.

The car incorporated several safety innovations including interior windshield posts that were "the first industry use of fiberglass safety padding", and the flush-mounted paddle-style door handles that later became an enduring AMC safety and styling signature. To comply with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety standards there were exterior side marker lights, and three-point seat belts and headrests for the front seats, while the interior was devoid of bright trim to help reduce glare.

The new Javelin "offered comfortable packaging with more interior and luggage space than most of its rivals" with adequate leg- and headroom in the back and a trunk capacity of 10.2 cubic feet (288.83 l). There were no side vent windows. Flow-through ventilation extracted interior air through apertures in the doors controlled by adjustable flap valves in the bottom of the door armrests. All Javelins came with thin-shell bucket seats and a fully carpeted interior, while the SST model had additional appearance and comfort items that included reclining front seat backs, simulated wood grained door panel trim, and a sports-style steering wheel. 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.

The car's front end had what AMC called a "twin-venturi" look with recessed honeycomb grille and outboard-mounted headlamps, and matching turn signals were set into the bumper. There was a pair of simulated air scoops on the hood and the windshield was raked at 59 degrees for a "sporty overall appearance."

Second generation (1971-1974)

The AMC Javelin was restyled for the 1971 model year. The "1980-looking Javelin" design was purposely made to give the sporty car "individuality," even at "the risk of scaring some people off."

The second generation became longer, lower, wider, and heavier than its predecessor. Wheelbase was increased by 1-inch (25 mm) to 110 in (2,794 mm). The indicated engine power outputs also changed from 1971 to 1972-74. 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.


Photographs

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1968 AMC Javelin Matador Red 1968 in Matador Red
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AMCRC show in Somerset, New Jersey
2003
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1969 AMC Javelin Big Bad Orange 1969 in Big Bad Orange
Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz
AMCRC show in Somerset, New Jersey
2003
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1969 AMC Javelin SST 1969 SST
Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz
AMCRC show in Somerset, New Jersey
2003
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1969 AMC Javelin SST Bitter Sweet Orange Go Package 1969 SST in Bitter Sweet Orange with Go Package
Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz
AMCRC show in Somerset, New Jersey
2003
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1970 AMC Javelin SST Go Package 1970 SST with Go Package
Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz
AMCRC show in Somerset, New Jersey
2003
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1970 AMC Javelin SST Go Package 390 Engine 1970 SST with Go Package, 390 cu. in. engine
Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz
AMCRC show in Gaithersburg, Maryland
2006
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1970 AMC Javelin Mark Donohue SST 1970 Mark Donohue SST
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2010 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
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1970 AMC Javelin Mark Donohue SST 1970 Mark Donohue SST
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2010 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
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1970 AMC Javelin Mark Donohue SST 1970 Mark Donohue SST
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1970 AMC Javelin Mark Donohue SST 1970 Mark Donohue SST
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1970 AMC Javelin Mark Donohue SST 1970 Mark Donohue SST
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1970 Mark Donohue AMC Javelin 1970 Mark Donohue SST
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Lensing Autumn Classic Car Show
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1970 Mark Donohue AMC Javelin 1970 Mark Donohue SST
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Lensing Autumn Classic Car Show
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2010 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
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1971 AMC Javelin 1971
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1971 AMC Javelin 1971
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1971 AMC Javelin 1971
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1971 AMC Javelin AMX 1971 AMX
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2009 Pop's Productions Father's Day Car Show and Swap
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1971 AMC Javelin AMX 1971 AMX
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1972 AMC Javelin SST 1972 SST
Reserve not met, high bid $26,000 - Mecum Auctions
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AMC Javelin Model Car Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
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1973 AMC Javelin Pierre Cardin Edition 1973 Pierre Cardin Edition
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1973 AMC Javelin Pierre Cardin Edition 1973 Pierre Cardin Edition
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $34,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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1973 AMC Javelin Pierre Cardin Edition 1973 Pierre Cardin Edition
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $34,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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AMC Javelin Photo ©2016 Bill Crittenden
2016 Lakemoor Charity Car Show
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AMC Javelin Photo ©2016 Bill Crittenden
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AMC Javelin Photo ©2016 Bill Crittenden
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AMC Javelin AMX
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AMC Javelin AMX
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AMC Javelin AMX
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AMC Javelin AMX
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Hot Wheels N4019-A919KAMC Javelin AMX2009 New Models, small scale, green w/black stripes<
Die Cast - Hot Wheels R7504-B9A0DAMC Javelin AMXMuscle Mania, small scale, green w/white stripe #4<
Die Cast - Hot Wheels T9849-09A0LAMC Javelin AMXFaster Than Ever '11, small scale, metallic Brown w/beige stripes<
Die Cast - Hot Wheels DWF38-0910AMC Javelin AMXForza Motorsport, small scale, silver w/black graphics,


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
4 March 2009AMC's Crowning Glory: The JavelinRonnie Tanner


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