Why an AMC Javelin AMX build for next year's SEMA already has people talking
SEMA just wrapped up in Las Vegas, but people are already talking about what may be hits for next year. Ring Brothers are promising to create a show-stopper out of a 1972 AMC Javelin AMX.
The Javelin was AMC’s answer to the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. It started as a pony car but then was beefed up to be a full-blown muscle car and racer. They were built in Kenosha, Wisconsin from 1968-1974. The AMX was the most high-horsepower version.
According to a statement released by Jim and Mike Ring, they have a long history with the 1972 AMC Javelin AMX that they plan to bring back to life. Mike Ring says “We’ve seen this particular car driving around our home town of Plain, Wisconsin since we were kids and we always loved it. The AMX was such a neat car, unlike anything else at that time.” The flashy Javelin AMX must have turned heads in their town of 600 people. The car apparently was known for winning at the nearby race track. On weekends, Mike Ring would wash the car for the owner and he was the last one to perform an oil change on the car before the Rings purchased it from the original owner.
The AMX version of the Javelin was apparently crafted to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette. It had a shorter wheelbase, and available 401 cubic inch engine making 255hp. The second generation AMC Javelin was one of the fastest American cars available for purchase. According to the Ring Brothers, “Because of its sportiness, the Javelin was utilized in dragstrip and Trans-Am Series racing beginning in 1968 and in 1971 and 1972, the Trans Am Racing AMX won back-to-back championships in the Trans-Am Series.”
It will be interesting to see what the Ring Brothers do with the 1972 AMC Javelin AMX. You see a lot of rebuilt Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Corvettes and Camaros, but not nearly as many Javelins or AMX. That is mostly because not nearly as many Javelins were built.
AMC stood for American Motors Corporation. It was bought out by Chrysler, in 1987. They had other nameplates that you may remember like the Rambler, Pacer and the Gremlin.
Jim and Mike Ring formed a custom car build business called, of all things, Ringbrothers. They still operate in the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin. They are known world-wide for their craftsmanship in rebuilding American cars.