22 Facts About AMC Javelin


AMC Javelin is an American front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, two-door hardtop automobile manufactured by American Motors Corporation across two generations, 1968 through 1970 and 1971 through 1974 model years.

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American Motors' AMC Javelin served as the company's entrant into the "pony car" market.

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American Motors marketed the AMC Javelin as offering "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.

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Car's front end had what AMC Javelin called a "twin-venturi" look with a recessed honeycomb grille and outboard-mounted headlamps, and matching turn signals were set into the bumper.

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AMC Javelin added two more degrees of anti-dive to the Mustang's 4 degrees, made the drawings, and sent them to the factory.

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AMC Javelin did eventually assign a part number and two blocks were later sold to customers.

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AMC Javelin suggested that AMC should not compete in the actual races, since the new engines were not recognized and the old engines were not competitive.

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AMC Javelin did not agree, and Kaplan ran the year with the engines on hand.

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New Javelin-AMX incorporated several racing modifications and AMC advertised it as "the closest thing you can buy to a Trans-Am champion".

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Mark Donohue advised AMC to make the AMX's grille flush for improved airflow, thus the performance model received a stainless steel mesh screen over the standard Javelin's deep openings.

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The back-to-back SCCA championships with specially prepared race cars was celebrated by AMC by offering a limited run of "Trans Am Victory" edition 1973 Javelins.

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Australian-assembled AMC Javelin vehicles were otherwise sold in all States by independent distributors.

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The Javelin was the first VAM model not to carry the Rambler name for Mexico, AMC's case being the Marlin and Ambassador models in 1966.

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AMC Javelin was not introduced in Mexico by VAM until 1 April 1968, making the model a "1968 and half" similar to the February 1968 debut of the two-seat AMX.

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The AMC Javelin represented the third line within VAM's product mix for the first time and the first regular production high-end sports-oriented model.

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The AMC Javelin introduced many firsts for VAM, such as a standard four-speed manual transmission and the option for the first time in a regular production model of a three-speed automatic transmission.

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VAM AMC Javelin saw considerable aesthetic changes with only minor technical ones.

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The discontinuation of the central rear reflector in favor of the backup light resulted in the addition of a fourth AMC Javelin emblem placed on the right corner of the trunk lid.

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The 1972 VAM AMC Javelin saw considerable improvements in terms of both performance and sportiness.

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The AMC Javelin was one of only two "pony cars" to ever be available in the Philippines, the other being the Chevrolet Camaro.

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Javelins built with smaller engines compete in the regular AMC classes according to their respective decade of production.

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Ringbrothers of Spring Green, Wisconsin, built a custom 1972 AMC Javelin AMX powered by a "Hellcat" Hemi for the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association SEMA show.

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