Freshly Rebuilt V8! 1974 AMC Javelin

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In 1974, two manufacturers and three brands got out of the “pony car” business. Citing a downward spiral in demand, American Motors, Plymouth, and Dodge all pulled out of the space. Usually last place in sales, the Javelin outsold the Barracuda and Challenger in their last outings (ironic, huh?). This ’74 Javelin has had a refresh of its motor along with some performance upgrades and is ready to rock, but still needs cosmetic attention. Located in Hood River, New Jersey, this white-over-orange AMC pony is available here on craigslist for $13,500. Kudos to Barn Finder Pat L. for this great tip!

AMC entered the market segment dominated by the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro in 1968. It was joined by a GT-style 2-seater, the AMX, and the first generation would run through 1970. The AMX moved to the Javelin portfolio in 1971 when the cars received their one (and only) restyle. The 1974 Javelin/AMX saw a production of about 27,500 units of which nearly two-thirds had AMC’s smallest V8 having a displacement of 304 cubic inches.

We’re this ’74 Javelin is a one-owner car (which may or may not include the seller). It only has 68,000 miles, but the engine has just been reworked. In that process, it received new bearings, rings, and timing gears. While this surgery was being performed, the camshaft, manifolds, carburetor, and exhaust were all beefed up. So, this AMC product should be much peppier than it was before. The buyer will need to do a little fine-tuning, but that could be it mechanically.

There is no reported rust here, and the older paint has had a partial application of clear coat (on the roof only – that’s as far as the seller got). The buyer will receive two sets of wheels (original and Cragars) and some new radial tires. The interior is showing its age but may be okay – at least for the near term. The seller has other projects that need attention, so it’s time for this Javelin to move on. It would be a nice example to show off at Cars & Coffee instead of the more commonly seen Mustangs and Camaros.

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  1. Steven Baker

    That’s one I wish I had the money for. I’ve always liked things a little off the beaten path. Cars are no exceptions.

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  2. Mike

    Did this once have a mod top? The dash and door trims look like it could have had one.

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  3. Howie

    This should be gone soon.

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  4. Moparman MoparmanMember

    (IMO) If there was ever a car whose looks were compromised by the addition of a vinyl top, this is one! I always thought of the as one of the most “muscular” looking of the muscle cars; those fender bulges are so cool! Forget the “P”, lose the vinyl and repaint/replace the stripes and CRUISE!! GLWTS!! :-)

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  5. Davey Boy

    That’s not a vinyl top. It’s just white paint. My brother had the exact car color and all except for it had a 401 in it which is the same block just a different crank and pistons and what not that car was fast and it was a blast to drive he may actually try to buy this one I just showed it to him. Like it a lot. Something you just don’t see anymore.

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  6. Davey Boy

    If you read the Craigslist ad you see where he says he clear-coated the top to keep that patina look he just hasn’t done the rest of the body I think I would have to clear coat the rest of it to keep that patina on all of it

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  7. Terrry

    AMC V8s from that era benefited greatly by fitting them with a Holley TBI. It gets rid of that rather troublesome carburetor.

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  8. B. David Hughes

    This car is actually in Hood River, Oregon, not in New Jersey.

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  9. Shuttle Guy Shuttle GuyMember

    Great price. I would thing it will be gone by tomorrow.

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  10. V8roller

    It’s OK, but what’s with that ridiculous front overhang. Much preferred the AMX, a real pony car.

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