After ’73 fuel crisis, car manufacturers had to change car line ups, and powerful muscle cars became too expensive to feed, because of its enormous V8 engines. Mid 1970s marked as the beginning of the end of true American muscle car era. Ford introduced new Mustang with downsized engines, Chrysler has abandoned pony car market. And it was as well the end for AMC Javelin AMX cars, 1974 was its last year in production. Only 4,980 AMC Javelin AMX cars were produced in 1974.
1974 AMC Javelin AMX review
The car hasn’t changed drastically, the engine range remain the same as 1971 AMC Javelin AMX, but were retuned to meet new strict environmental regulations. The front and rear end of the car remains the same as 1973 AMC Javelin, featuring new front and rear bumpers and revised taillights – it features design similar to Chevrolet Corvette. Fiberglass hood was no longer available, late ’74 production cars had steel hood.
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As for new features, 1974 AMC Javelin AMX had special system which prevents the car from start until driver and front passenger fasten the seatbelts.
There were at least 2 reasons why AMC Javelin was discontinued along with negative economic conditions. The first reason was the introduction of the more strict safety regulations, regarding new bumpers. It might be cost AMC a fortune to get AMC with revised bumpers production going. The second reason – AMC had already introduced AMC Matador coupe to compete with the new Mustang, and Javelin manufacturing line should be freed for making all-new AMC Pacer.
1974 AMC Javelin AMX specs
Despite the oil crisis and automaker’s trend to install downsized engines, engine line up for 1974 AMC Javelin AMX remains the same. The only change was 401 cubic inch engine – it was deforced by 20 hp. The car was available with 2 engines, 360 cubic inch (5.9 liter) rated 175 hp (2-bbl) and 220 hp (4-bbl). 401 cubic inch engine producing 235 hp (255 hp in some sources). 3 gearbox variants were available, traditional 3-speed automatic and 4-speed manual, and 3-speed Torque-Command automatic transmission firstly appeared in 1972 model year AMC Javelin.
360 cubic inch (5,9L) V8 175/220 hp;
401 cubic inch (6,6L) V8 235 (255) hp.
BorgWarner T-10 4-speed manual;
BorgWarner M-11B/M-12 3-speed automatic;
AMC Torque-Command 3-speed automatic.
Performance: (401 cu in engine, 4-speed manual)
From 0 to 60 mph – 6,7 seconds
Drag race 1/4 mile acceleration – 15.1 seconds
Top speed: 110 mph (177 km / h)