Javelin AMX was available with the 401 V8 that produced more horsepower
and torque than any engine available in any year of Javelin or AMX.
This registry is for all owners of American Motors 1971 thru 1974 Javelin AMXs.
Currently, we have about 50 cars registered to date.
The creator of this registry, the late Bob Browske, was also the membership chairman for the North Coast AMC Club in Ohio.
This registry is closed as of 10-15-2005, and available for adoption.
The 1971 Javelin/AMX
by: Bob Browske
"If you had to compete with GM, Ford and Chrysler, what would you do?"
This is what American Motors asked the public in
some of their 1971 product brochures. What was AMC's answer?
First, they introduced some fine new cars, such as the Hornet Sportabout, the SC 360, and the all new Matador.
Another strategy the AM boys used was to redesign the Javelin. Completely.
"Styling so hairy, we even risked turning some people off."
This was AMC's bold marketing plan used to describe the top-of-the-line AMX version. Starting with those infamous "love 'em or hate 'em" Group 7 fender flares, continuing with a curved spoiler lip on the roof, and ending with a huge rear spoiler mounted on the deck lid. American Motors succeeded in creating a functionally beautiful car!
The '71 AMX was certainly a departure from the earlier 2-seater version, which lent it's name to this new design. Starting with a six-cylinder base model, upgrading to an "SST" package, AMC reached the pinnacle of styling and performance with the introduction of the 1971 AMX. Although AMC produced about 29,000 Javelins for the '71 model year, only 2054 of those were the AMX version. Also, as 1971 was the first year of the Javelin/AMX, there are many differences between them and the 1972-1974 models. The purpose of this Registry is to document this information, as well as the number and features of those still in exsistence.
To sum up, the 1971 Javelin/AMX is a unique car. A new design, more aerodynamic than its predecessors. Slightly longer, wider,and heavier made for a good driving vehicle, while maintaining a very respectable level of performance. Under the piloting of veteran race car driver Mark Donohue, and the direction of the Penske racing team, the '71 AMX won the SCCA Trans-AM racing championship for American Motors. These facts, coupled with low production, should insure that the 1971 Javelin/AMX will gain in respect and value in the years to come.
I hope you enjoy the 71/74 AMX web site!