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When the Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson Car companies merged in 1954, the was the American Motors Corporation. purpose was to gain economies of and to more effectively compete the dominant Big Three automakers.

had a history that dated to 1909 when it was formed by the department store magnate, Hudson and Roy D. Chapin. Nash was founded in 1916 by former Motors president Charles W. who had acquired the Thomas B. Jeffery

Just like many in the late 1960s and early AMC aggressively participated in the muscle and car scenes. The original AMX was a two seat sports sedan that was from 1968 to 1971. It was to go head-to-head with America’s other two-seater of the era, the Corvette. The AMX name originated the ‘American Motors eXperimental’ used on two prototypes shown on the ‘Project IV’ tour in

Also introduced in 1968, the AMC was designed to compete with the Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro.

car is still owned by its original Power is from a 360 cubic-inch V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor 285 horsepower. It is equipped with a Twin-Grip differential, raised hood, cowl induction and the ‘Go’ package.

The original selling price was

The AMC Javelin was produced from through 1974 intended as a car for the American Motors Corporation. To fit a wide variety of budgets, AMC the Javelin with a variety of that included the 232 six-cylinder all the way up to the might eight-cylinder power-plants. The 343 four-barrel V8 was a serious performance offering, with 280 horsepower and 365 of torque.

Optional disc and wide tires helped the keep the vehicle in control.

AMC had the Marlin in 1965, right the introduction of the Ford Mustang. The easily outsold the Marlin due to the Marlins large 112-inch There was seating for six with of trunk space.

The thing it lacked was the sporty that the Mustang had capitalized

AMC’s chief designer A. Teague quickly revised the resulting in the AMX concept cars of the 1960’s. Pressured by upper and those with financial in AMC, the Javelin production car was to market. It borrowed heavily the AMX concept’s design and was considered by to be sporty and attractive. Its design was and smooth with its split grille and semi-fastback roofline.

The featured front bucket and rear bench.

The six-cylinder engine offered 145 and adequate fuel economy. The package, opted by many featured front disc tuned suspension with bar, upgraded tires, and a of three potent V8 engines.

In a 390 cubic-inch engine became Its impressive 315 horsepower and 425 foot-pounds of could send the Javelin zero-to-sixty in the seven-second range.

The suspension was comprised of coil and unequal-length wishbones in the front and leaf springs and sold in the rear. The optional fast-ratio and handling package greatly the handling during aggressive

In 1971 the Javelin was restyled and now a roof spoiler, fender and arched fenders. The interior was a stripe pattern.

During its introductory year, examples were produced. The AMC was not known as a company that produce a performance machine. The along with the help of Donohue and Roger Penske, set a new for the AMC Company on the Trans Am racing In nine races the duo scored wins and captured the Trans Am Championship.

The Javelin repeated its in the following two years.

The demise of the era was mostly caused by an increase in and safety regulations and fuel Javelin’s sales creped during the early 1970’s but by production ceased.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2006

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