1971 AMC Javelin AMX BIG BAD ORANGE
Price: - Item location: Hibbing, Minnesota, United States
- Make: AMC
- Model: AMX
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: Javelin AMX
- Year: 1971
- Mileage: 3,401
- VIN: A1C798P310396
- Color: Big Bad Orange
- Engine size: 360 CI V-8
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Black
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1971 AMC AMXSelling my AMC Collection. I was hoping someone would have bought them all in the previous "collection" auction, but since they didn't sell as a lot I will be listing them individually. With 4 cars here, there is a lot of information. I took 40 pictures of each car, including undercarriage, and 2 running videos of each car, which will hopefully show you the condition of each reasonably well. The videos can be found on YouTube under "Lane Jackson AMX". That's a friend who took the videos. If you click on his name after opening the first video you will see the rest. The rest of the pictures can be found if you search for Gray's Garage Hibbing MN on google and open our website, that's my shop. You'll be able to find them under the "Used Vehicle Inventory" tab. None of these cars are perfect, they all could use something minor but all do run and drive, and being 40+ years old they all have an occasional rattle, shake, vibration, etc. Remember these aren't 2016 Toyota Camry's people, and they don't ride like one either. That's not to say they aren't very decent cars all around, just please keep in mind they are as old as they are. Likely if you are looking at this listing to begin with you don't even need to be reminded of that, but I figure it doesn't hurt to put it out there. All of them are fairly clean cars, the 2 Big Bad Orange cars needed very minimal body work when painted and the 2 Teal cars with what I believe to be original paint are very solid all around as well, both of which should require minimal body work to put a nice paint job on. All of the glass is good in all of them. Fairly certain I have factory service manuals for all of them, which will go with the sale.
Some will wonder why there isn't an early AMX in the collection. Honestly, because I have never wanted one, I just don't like the chopped back end look - prefer the crisp smooth lines of the Javelin in those years, it just flows so much nicer in the back end (again in my opinion).I will try to describe all of these to the best of my ability, but please review the pictures and videos of each as well. All of them likely have a seep from something, be it transmission, engine, or otherwise, but but none of them have any major leaks. Sitting over the winter I usually see a coffee can size stain under each of them, but I've always wrote that off to age and sealing capabilities back then. I'm selling them because I just don't have time to give them the love and passion they deserve anymore. I wish I did, but I don't, and I've been trying for years to devote more time to them than I have, but I haven't been able to, and that even includes just driving them. It's killing me to see them sit, they need to be driven and enjoyed or put somewhere people can see them and enjoy them. They all are stored indoors all year long. All of the cars are titled in my name and carry clear titles. When comparing my descriptions with other cars listed on here or anywhere else, keep in mind that it is unlikely that any car of this age out there is perfect, whether you are being told that or not. I would rather be as honest as possible and have you be happy with your purchase or have these exceed your expectations rather then the other way around. I've bought a lot cars over the years and know how it feels to think you got taken because the seller wasn't honest, when most of the time I would have bought the car anyway, I just would have planned things different or been prepared for what was wrong, small or large. In total, I have around $65,000 invested in this collection, and fully realize I am going to take a significant loss by selling them. I didn't buy them as an investment, I bought them and did what I did to them because I love these cars, and I'm hoping whoever buys them will be for the same purpose.I can't verify if the mileages listed are original or not on any of them.That being said, here are the details:
1971 AMC Javelin AMXVIN: A1C798P310396MILEAGE: 3,401
THE GOOD:This was my first AMC. 360 CI V-8 with the Borg Warner Automatic in it. The car was originally a silver with maroon interior and maroon stripes. I purchased it from the original family who bought it new with about 75,000 on it. I list it as 3,401 because when I finished the restoration I rolled back the odometer to as close to 0 as I could get it (think it ended up being about 400 miles). It had a full restoration 10 years ago (when I finished it) and the paint is still almost like the day I picked it up from the body shop. Its painted in PPG Big Bad Orange basecoat/clearcoat, black painted stripes (the small accent stripes are vinyl pinstripe), and shaved door handles. In 10 years I put on the 3,000 miles, so that tells you how little I have been able to use any of these like I would want to. I had the original engine built by a local race car engine builder and it runs, shifts, and sounds great. I have all the paperwork for the build but in a nutshell it is bored, has forged pistons, a Comp Cams Magnum 270 camshaft, roller rockers, a double roller timing chain, an Edelbrock Air Gap RPM intake manifold, Hooker ceramic coated headers (now showing some wear), a Holly 670 cfm Street Avenger carb, a K&N Filter & top filter, an aluminum radiator, MSD distributor & 6A ignition box, and likely more I can't think of at the moment but that the engine picture should clarify.
The car has Centerline wheels and like new tires on it, Flowmaster mufflers, 3.54 gears and the factory limited-slip differential. Power steering, power brakes, and factory front discs. I also had the original transmission rebuilt by a reputable shop, and rebuilt the differential myself when I installed the 3.54 gears and Moser custom 1 piece axles. I replaced all of the steering components, ball joints, rear leaf springs, front coil springs, and ALL of the bushings with poly-urethanewhen I did the restoration. It handles great, can take a corner better then most modern cars I have driven. I also did all of the weatherstripping, door, window, trunk, etc. It has the hard to find factory valance on the front that took me 5 years to find one decent enough to paint. Rear spoiler is factory as well.If your adding any of this up in your head you probably have a decent idea of what I have into the car, which is right around $30-35k, a lot of which I have receipts for, some of which I don't. Keep in mind that was doing all of the assembly myself. Brake lines were replaced with pre-bent stainless steel lines, and of course the brakes were all replaced as well with new bearings installed in the front. New motor mounts, transmission mount, exhaust, both bumpers were re-chromed, etc. Basically everything that could be replaced on the car was, the interior plastic was dyed black, headliner replaced, and front seats replaced with what you see, new carpet, etc. The interior isn't perfect but its very presentable as you can see in the pictures. This is the only one of these cars that I restored, the rest I bought as you see them, so I don't have nearly as much information on those.
For this car I also have a fair amount of brand new parts on the shelf I haven't gotten around to installing, around $3,000 worth that are included in the sale with any offer within 10% of my asking for the lot. This includes an MSD Atomic EFI System, Custom Digital Gauge Set (I had built for the car, will fit a modified cluster in the same hole the original is in - also have the donor cluster to accomplish this), Header Gaskets, a Mini-Starter, an MSD 6AL Digital for the Atomic EFI, a shaved door handle actuator kit (to open the doors with a remote control), and a ton of used interior panels, a used transmission, a couple used rear ends (differentials), and about 5 totes of other random parts. Please don't ask what all is included as far as the used stuff goes, I have tail lights, tons of interior stuff, exterior trim, and god knows what else, but you'll get it all with the sale provided it's within the 10% of asking price.
THE BAD:Has what I'm fairly certain is adrive-linevibration, only comes in at about 75 MPH. I believe it may be the driveshaft angle, but I haven't had the chance to shim the differential position to verify this. The new springs I installed in the back had 1 extra leaf, which is why I suspect that may be the case. I haven't concerned myself a ton with it since it only comes in at that speed. The 1968 American has the exact same thing at about the same speed, so if you get one of them figured out you will likely have the cure for both. The front tires will occasionally rub on the mudflaps (just on the mudflaps) during a tight turn, only at slow (5 mph and under) speed. In the pictures on the drivers side you will see the 2 holes for the Javelin emblem by the rear quarter window, on the passenger side the body man filled them in. I am pretty sure I have a pair of emblems for them, but liked the clean look so I dealt with the 2 factory emblem holes on the drivers side. The tail lights are 1972 tail lights because those are the very best I could find used out of about 3 or 4 sets. They are original, not reproductions, so they are not perfect but very decent. The hood trim has a small wave in the center of it, same thing, it was the best I could find for it. I bypassed the heater core and didn't worry about hooking up the blower motor since I never planned to drive the car intemperaturesthat required heat. I don't know if that is a bad thing or not, but worth noting. Not all of the factory gauges work, which is why I purchased the digital set described above. The first shaved door handle actuator kit (the solenoids that open the latch) would sometimes open the doors when cruising down the road, so I took them out and haven't gotten around to installing the new kit described above. Between the limited useand not taking it out in the rain, it never bothered me much to leave the window cracked and reach in for the interior handle. I removed the remote mirrors and never made a piece to cover where the knob would be in the drivers door panel, and removed the factory radio in the dash as shown, figured I would take care of that when I did the gauges. The door handle on the passenger side rubs slightly on the door panel, which is the white marks you can see in the pictures. Thinking it just needs a shim behind it.Cold blooded, like any carbureted car.
THE BOTTOM LINE:Real head turner with the exhaust and handling to go with it, screams muscle car in every way.Overall I would rate the exterior an 9/10 and the interior an 8/10, with the engine compartment and undercarriage an 9/10 as well.
I have put all of the cars back into storage now, so please review the pictures and videos as its about a day process to get them all out and take more pictures etc. Everything you need *should* be there between the pictures and videos. I have described these cars to the best of my ability, if I missed anything I doubt it is anything anyone would consider a deal breaker, but I think I got all the bases covered. Feel free to ask any questions you may have, I prefer eBay messaging as I work a hectic schedule and don't have much time during the week, but if you leave your phone number if it's a question I can't answer by message I will give you a call as soon as I can.
Not looking to trade for anything, cash/cashiers check only. Please also see the deposit requirements. I will work with the buyer on the timeline after the sale if needed, but I would like them to get to their new home before the snow flies.
And as always, thanks for looking!