In 1970 or so, then-20-year-old Mike Ring was in the U.S. Navy out in the vast Pacific Ocean, defending freedom and occasionally going for a swim (his job in the Navy was “Rescue Swimmer;” if you got blown off the carrier deck by jet blast and landed in the water, it was Mike who would drop from the helicopter and save you). When he went away, he left behind a beautiful 1968 GTO convertible, parked at home. It’d be safe there, wouldn’t it? So safe, he thought, that he left the keys, too. So what did Jim Ring, Mike Ring’s two-years-younger brother do?“He sold my car!” Mike alleged to me while driving his current car down Van Nuys Blvd. in Southern California.Yes, while the older Ring was away gallantly serving America and making the world safe for democracy, the younger Ring was working the used car market. I confronted Ring the younger with this evidence later during lunch at the Bob’s Big Boy in Toluca Lake. Did he really sell his … [Read more...] about We drive Ringbrothers’ 1036-hp 1972 AMC Javelin AMX
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Tom Lodge of Deland, Florida, found this ’69 Javelin through a friend. It was being sold at an estate sale for $500. The Javelin is an original SST model with a 315hp 390 engine, A/C, power drum brakes, power steering, tilt wheel, reclining buckets, and an automatic tranny. With 108,426 miles showing, surprisingly everything was there. Although it sat for over nine years in a garage, Tom had it running within an hour of getting the car home. A compression check on the engine showed 186 psi in seven cylinders and 185 psi in one. Right after Tom got the car running, he put it in storage for the next three years before he started dismantling and categorizing every part. According to Tom, “I took over 200 photos showing how everything came apart. Why is it, that we forget to take pictures of something really important?” For the next three years, Tom ordered parts, searched for remanufactured ones, and even made many himself. A friend, Scott Buckingham mini tubbed the rear … [Read more...] about 1969 AMC Javelin – Outside The Box – Hot Rod Power Tour Coolest Mopar: New Orleans, Louisiana
Fate has a curious way of determining our destiny. Take Bruce Gordon, for example. Back in the late ’70s/early ’80s, Bruce was in the market for his first car, and being an enthusiast, responded to an ad for a 455-powered LeMans. As it turned out, the seller also had a ’72 Javelin available, and Bruce fell for it over the Pontiac. Don’t try to fill in the blanks just yet-that Javelin is not the one seen on these pages. However, the first ’72 did spark a decades-long interest in Kenosha’s finest factory hot rods that’s still going strong with Bruce today. In between the two ’72 Javelins were three ’70 AMXs. Bruce also owned a brand-new ’86 Mustang GT for a while, and found its combination of V-8 power, electronic fuel injection, and manual overdrive trans to be a nearly perfect mix of elements for a daily driven street machine. But Bruce let the Mustang go after nearly a decade of ownership, and family priorities forced the … [Read more...] about 1972 AMC Javelin AMX – Practical In Purple
All throughout the Midwest, towns are inhabited by the ghosts of car companies long gone; though the clatter of tools, the arcing of welders, and the smell of machine oil have disappeared, their presence is still felt strongly. South Bend, Indiana, has Studebaker. Lansing, Michigan, has its Oldsmobile. In Toledo, Ohio, there’s Willys. It’s not a stretch to say these dissolved nameplates are still just as much a part of the fabric of their communities as they were in their heyday. Kenosha, Wisconsin, was once home to American Motors’ bustling assembly plant, and the townspeople still have a unique connection with all things AMC, in spite of the physical building being a distant memory. At its peak in the ’60s, AMC fought against the Big Three, bringing new models to market with minimal engineering resources and against long financial odds. AMC workers and their customers were a proud, independent breed, and that’s how history will record them. But … [Read more...] about 1969 AMC Ambassador – 401-K Plan
No, these concepts are not in the works and AMC is not on its way back to the streets, so don’t get your checkbook out quite yet ’cause HOT ROD and Steve Stanford are just jacking with you. This story created such a huge buzz, especially with you AMC fans out there, that we put it up here so even more of you can take a look. Dateline: Kenosha, Wisconsin: It has been revealed that American Motors will return as a full-line, full-service car company to do battle with the domestics and imports in the highly competitive North American marketplace. Complete details of this shocking news story remain sketchy, but leave it to HOT ROD magazine to dig deep beneath the surface to unearth all kinds of surprises for anyone who digs cars. Sometimes a scoop just falls into your lap. Let’s start at the beginning. Roughly 10 years ago, a multimillionaire vintage AMC enthusiast tried to acquire one of the six remaining AMX/3 mid-engine prototype sports cars for his personal … [Read more...] about AMC Concept Cars – The Return Of AMC!
It’s not easy being a diehard fan of an underdog. When it comes to automotive underdogs, it’s hard to find a fan base that rivals the tenacity of the American Motors Corporation lovers. AMC has one of the most loyal following of any deceased brand, but it’s true. Twenty-seven years after being purchased by Chrysler, there are still plenty of people who only build AMC muscle. Dennis Allen is one of those guys, but he came by it honest considering his childhood. Allen was fortunate enough to grow up during the muscle car years, so he at least got to see the very best AMC had to offer. But Allen had it even better than the rest of us; his dad actually owned an AMC car dealership. That means not only was Allen up close and personal with the cars when they were fresh out of the Kenosha plant, he got to see them before anyone else in town. His dad must have been a pretty nice guy too, since Allen even found his way behind the wheel of all of the coolest cars AMC was … [Read more...] about Homebuilt 1970 AMC AMX Goes Down The (Faster!) Road Less Traveled
The year 1991 started off as a pretty good one for 25-year-old AMC fanatic Dave Goodwin. After four years of toil on his 1970 AM Javelin SST Mark Donohue Edition project, the potent pony car was finally freshly restored and hitting the local show circuit. The Big Bad Orange Javelin grabbed praise wherever it showed up, including the highly lauded New England AMC show on Labor Day of that year, where it garnered First in its class. The car had finally morphed into the beautiful muscle car Dave knew it could be, all after a pretty checkered and battered past. Living on the south shore of Boston a stone’s throw from the beach was a little slice of heaven for Dave. His back driveway parking area led directly into the town beach parking lot, so his trek to the water was like a typical guy’s walk to take out the garbage. Not too shabby to say the least. So after a successful summer of parading the Javelin from show to show, the car was parked in the backyard of the house and was … [Read more...] about 1970 AMC Mark Donohue Javelin Survives Theft and Floods
The opportunity to bring together two rare AMC muscle cars, a 1970 Rebel Machine and the even rarer 1971 Matador Machine, came about due to my long friendship with AMC enthusiast Fred Philips. When Fred learned I would be visiting Calgary, he arranged to introduce me to the area’s enthusiastic AMC community. Fred had me picked up and taken to an anonymous hangar at a small airport on the western outskirts of Calgary. There I met Geoff Shurrock and his 1970 AMC Rebel Machine. As I often do, I took some smartphone shots and posted Geoff’s Rebel Machine to my Facebook page. It didn’t take but a few minutes before my phone started beeping with notifications of likes and a few comments. But one stood out, from longtime friend Pete Harrison, that said, “Rich, that’s my old car!” I asked, “How can you be so sure?” to which Pete replied, “I can see the Ziebart decal in the back window.” So you can see, in the age of Facebook, just how … [Read more...] about AMC Machine Madness: 1970 Rebel Machine and 1971 Matador Machine Hit the Streets
The 2017 Bonham’s Gooding & Co, and RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale sales were held in parallel with those held by Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele. Here are eight of the highlights: Sold at $236,500 S/N: SFACXXBJ2CGL00169, Lot 115 Gooding & Company White over grey/red interior. 1.8-liter, 250-hp, turbocharged DOHC I-4. 5-speed manual transmission. Showing just 2,004 km (1,245 miles) on the odometer, this 1986 Ford RS200 is virtually as-new and still retains its factory break-in procedure sticker on the windshield. Said to be one of the last RS200s to roll off the assembly line in England. Built to homologate Ford’s Group B rally car, this is number 169 of just 200 street-going RS200s produced. In street form, the car had 250 hp from its little turbocharged I-4, but race-spec cars made up to 900 hp and allowed for 0-60 mph sprints in the three-second range (no doubt assisted by all-wheel drive). Street cars like this one also got full interiors with … [Read more...] about Eight Highlights of the 2017 Bonhams, Gooding & Co, and RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale Sales
You may not have heard the name Roy Lunn, but undoubtedly you’ve heard about the cars that he guided into being. You think that’s an exaggeration? Well, you’ve heard about the Ford GT40 haven’t you? How about the original XJ Jeep Cherokee? Lunn headed the team at Ford that developed the LeMans winning GT40. Later as head of engineering for Jeep (and ultimately VP of engineering for AMC) he was responsible for the almost unkillable Cherokee, Jeep’s first unibody vehicle, a car that remained in production for over two decades with few structural changes and could be said to be the first modern SUV. In addition to those two landmark vehicles, Lunn also was in charge of the engineering for two other influential cars, the original two-seat midengine Mustang I concept and the 4X4 AMC Eagle. If that’s not an impressive enough CV for a car guy, before Ford, he designed the Aston Martin DB2 and won an international rally. After he retired from AMC, he … [Read more...] about Car Guys & Gals You Should Know About – Roy Lunn’s Resume: Ford GT40, Boss 429 Mustang, Jeep XJ Cherokee, AMC Eagle 4X4 and More!