AMC Javelin: 1971-1974, 2nd generation

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1971 marked the second generation and made AMC Javelin longer, wider, lower and heavier. The revised design was a bit Mustang Mach1-like, but also was quite unique. It had roof spoiler, fender bulges, revised front fenders and grille with the driver orientated dashboard. AMC offered Javelins with a few engine and transmission options. The T-10 transmission came with a shifter from famous Hurst company. The engine range for the second generation was: 232 cubic [3.8 liter, 135 HP], 258 cubic [4.2 liter, 150HP] I-6s and 304 cubic [5.0 liter, 210 HP], 360 cubic [5.9 liter, 245-285 HP], 401 cubic [6.6 liter, 335 HP] V8s.The 1971 Javelin was advertised as “the closest thing you can get to a Trans-Am champion”.  This slogan sounded like real truth with a 6.6 liter engine which made Javelin to finnish a 1/4 mile in mid-114 secs at 93 mph [150 km/h].
The 1972 model was innovate – AMC was the first one to offer 12.000 miles or one year warranty with a free loaner car if the repair took more time. The 1972 and 1973 model were offered in Pierre Cardin interior trim that had multi-color stripe pattern.
The 1973 Javelins were slightly changed with the most noticeable changes in taillights and front grille, completely flat roof [with vinyl option available]. When the market decreased other pony car manufacturers fitted smaller engines while AMC continued using big ones until the production ended in 1974. However, AMC were sold in respective numbers that outsold Barracudas an Challengers that are so popular nowadays.

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