Needs Nothing: 1973 AMC Javelin AMX – SOLD!

Apr 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

“Get in. Start It. Drive it away.” is the bold assertion the private seller of this 1973 AMC AMX says in the listing he posted in Mays Landing, New Jersey with an asking price of $12,500.   A review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals the private seller had his AMX priced between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $15,900 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $8,200.

Excerpt on Javelin History provided by Hagerty Insurance:

The Javelin was redesigned in 1971, growing slightly bigger and donning exaggerated wheel arches and a longer hood. The AMX model and two-seat body style was retired and the name joined the Javelin lineup as a trim level. Engines for 1971 ranged from a 210-hp, 304-c.i. V-8, through the 245-hp and 285-hp, 360-c.i. V-8, and the thumping 330-hp, 401-c.i. V-8 in the AMX. The SST continued alongside the top-line Javelin AMX.

On the track, George Folmer won the Trans Am title in both 1971 and 1972 and a “Trans Am Victory” package was offered in 1973. Of course, the muscle car’s heyday was ending in 1972 as power output declined courtesy of emissions and safety regulations. Even with Trans Am success, sales suffered, and production of the car ended in 1974.

Javelins styling tends to be polarizing, just as when they were new. Maintenance is not an expensive proposition, but some trim parts can be difficult to find. And keep in mind that during its production run, the Javelin was one of the most affordable ways to gain entry into the muscle car world. As such, the cars were almost always bought to be driven hard, and few Javelins received the same care as Camaros and Mustangs from the same period. The current market doesn’t always support the cost of a restoration, so pristine examples are rare.

All the same, an early, documented 343 Go-Pack car, or one with the 390 and 401 mill is a great choice for a buyer in search of cheap fun. The cars can flat out move, and they stand out against a backdrop of Mustangs and Camaros. Look for documented originals as many Javelins have since received engine swaps, or adjust your budget accordingly.”

Here’s a two-minute video we found on YouTube summarizing AMC’s 1973 Javelin line-up:

If this AMX holds up to how the private seller describes it, this will make a nice alternative to cruise around in versus the typical sea of “Big Three” pony cars that you typically find at most car shows.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Get in it, start it and drive it. No bads either mechanical or body wise. No Bondo anywhere, no rust anywhere. All chrome is in a1 condition. Great running 360 engine with headers and stainless steel dual exhaust. Automatic shifts as it should and it stops like it should. Paint is 9 out of 10. This is a car you don’t have to do one thing to. Interior is like new, no rips and new carpets.

Do you have a Javelin or AMX story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

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