Horse & Pony Show: 1971 AMC Javelin AMX Goes Up For Grabs At Mecum!

AMC Pony Car Crosses The Auction Block This Weekend...

On March 9th, 1987, Chrysler purchased the American Motors Corporation (AMC) for $1.5 billion (almost $4 billion in today’s money with inflation). The move brought the historic AMC brands under the care of the Chrysler Group. While the Chrysler Group is known for its Plymouth Barracuda and Dodge Challenger pony cars during the 1960’s and 70’s, AMC offered up its own pony car: the AMC Javelin.

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The Javelin was available in a range of trims and powertrains offering a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, two-door hardtop pony car to compete with the likes of Detroit’s Big-3 automakers. The car was a semi-success for the automaker and was produced in Kenosha, Wisconsin for the U.S. and Canadian markets, with other plants in Germany, Mexico, Phillippines, Venezuela, and Australia producing the cars to sell them globally.

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Despite two generations of the Javelin, AMC never put a massive big block V8 under the hood of their pony car, unlike the other Detroit automakers. The results were a lighter offering, known more for its handling capabilities than its straight-line performance.

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This second generation 1971 AMC Javelin AMX is powered by a 5.9-liter (360 cubic-inch) V8 with a 4-bbl carburetor producing 285 horsepower (213 kW). This particular engine is a matching numbers unit but features a set of Edelbrock valve covers and intake, as well as a set of Hooker headers and side exhaust.

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Painted in a beautiful Rangoon Red, the car features black vinyl T-Tops and a set of chrome Foose 5-spoke wheels wrapped in Continental rubber. The original wheels are also included in the auction. With a red leather interior, the Javelin AMX looks every bit of 1970’s as a muscle car should be.

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UPDATE: The car ended up taking in $30,800 when it crossed the block. That price doesn’t include other fees, taxes, etc. charges.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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