Monday, January 25, 2010

1974 AMC Javelin - Mom's Muscle Car

Last week, Veloce Today published an article about this blog. It was unexpected, flattering and greatly appreciated. I can't express enough gratitude to Brandes Elitch and the folks over at Veloce Today. Because of them there are a lot of new JaCG readers.

Those of you who have been reading this blog all along know that I am a big fan of the AMC Javelin / AMX. You've sent me e-mails telling me I'm crazy. Here's a chance for those of you that are new to this blog to do the same...

This is a one owner, 48,000 mile Javelin. According to the seller, it was owned by a friend's mother. He writes, "It wasn't used much, but started everyday and driven on a Sunday once a month religiously".

Take a look at this thing. It's incredible. It looks just like what you'd expect a Javelin owned by someone's mother to look like. The tan body color, white vinyl roof and the luggage rack all scream "mom's car". It has whitewalls, steel wheels and cheap hubcaps. When was the last time you saw a car with plaid seats? Mom did spring for the optional V8 in this car, making it somewhat quicker than the standard I6.

The Javelin was built to compete with the Mustang and the Camaro / Firebird.
Like those cars, it was restyled in the early seventies. AMC, in my eyes, did a great job. Details such as the little integral roof spoiler and sculpted fender bulges gave it an aggressive look. The dashboard was curved, with all gauges and controls facing the driver. That, of course, is pretty common today, but not often seen in the 1970s.

The second generation (1971 - 1974) Javelin is my favorite. In my eyes, it is AMC stylist Dick Teague's best effort. Given a choice, I'd take a black or red 1974 Javelin AMX with a "Go Package". But, if I had extra "car funds" and storage space, I'd take this one, too. I'd use it just as the original owner did; once a month on a Sunday. This is one of those cars that, although not as exciting as many others, deserves to be preserved. It's a time capsule from automotive days gone by.

In 1974 Javelin production reached its highest point among the second-generation models. Nevertheless, AMC discontinued it. Why? Well, in part, they decided to use the manufacturing line to build the then new Pacer. I can only hope whoever signed off on that decision was sentenced to driving a Pacer (with a 3 speed on the column) for the rest of his or her life.

Located in Brooklyn, NY, click here to see the eBay listing for this 1974 Javelin.

2 comments:

JohnB said...

Awesome! When I started autocrossing a billion years ago, a guy had a Javelin AMX with the 390. His driving style was to turn slowly, point and floor it... Just to make a statement, I almost bought a Pacer wagon, but my ex wouldn't let me. Just one more reason she is my ex...

Greg said...

Javelins sure were nice looking alternatives to the big three offerings. My favorites were built in 1970, but all of the model years are nice lookers. I remember test driving a used 1974 Javelin with the 401 V8 and auto. Peppy hunk of a car...