Green Street Machine: 1973 AMC Javelin AMX 401 – $20,000
The old adage “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” never translated well to American Motor’s second generation Javelin AMX. Despite back-to-back Trans Am titles in the early seventies, the polarizing styling of the two door fastback such as this Blarney Green over Green 401 powered example listed for sale here on Craigslist in Pearl River, New York was overshadowed by GM’s F-body and Ford’s Mustang. Featured what the private seller describes as a “Fresh” motor, he currently has his modified Javelin priced at $20,000. Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals the private seller has their AMX priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $22,100 and the #3 “Good estimate of $18,200. If you are serious about buying this Javelin, you can start the conversation only by calling (no texts) Mike at (845) 608-4819. When you do, please remember to mention you saw their AMX featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
Hagerty Insurance provides a nice overview of the history of the second generation Javelin and AMX in their appraisal guide:
“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:
With a freshly rebuilt modified 401 cubic inch V8, there’s little to no incentive to restore this example to concours original as the bright Blarney Green paint job is enough to get you noticed anywhere you drive this AMX. 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:
“1973 Javelin Amx
401 CI motor
TURBO AUTO with Shift Kit
323 Rear End Gears
Sharp & clean. FRESH MOTOR
Call Mike show contact info
No texts please.“
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