American Motors Corporation, being the smallest major American manufacturer, may not have produced as many muscle cars as the other companies, but for its size, it did come up with quite a few: the SST, the Rambler Rebel, the Hurst SC/Rambler, the Rebel Machine, the Javelin, and the AMX. Though the two-seater AMX was made as a separate model for only three short years - 1968, 1969, and 1970 - it was a valiant attempt to compete with the big three, and by most accounts quite a good car.
AMC introduced the Javelin in 1968 to compete in the pony car market. An optional "Go Package" included a 4-bbl 343 cubic inch engine rated at 280 horsepower, dual exhaust, and wider tires. A 325 hp 390 cid engine was also available. In 1971 the Javelin was restyled with prominent fender arches, a roof lip spoiler, and a redesigned interior. A 335 hp 401 cid engine was now the top engine. A Mark Donohue driven Javelin won the Trans Am series in 1971, ‘72, and ‘73. 1974 would be the last year for the AMC Javelin.
The AMX was a two-seater car based on the Javelin platform. It debuted as a late model 1968 and came equipped with a four-barrel 290 cubic inch engine producing 235 horsepower. A 280 hp 343, and a 315 hp 390 were also available. Other than the Corvette, it was the only domestic two-seater in production at the time. In 1971, the AMX became an option on the Javelin. These four-seater AMX's came with a fiberglass cowl-induction hood and large front and rear spoilers. 1974 was the last year for AMC's AMX.