Prestone’s 90th anniversary was in 2017. To celebrate, the company wanted a vehicle that represented its history that could travel to events across the U.S. Prestone could have chosen any number of car builders from across the country to construct a vehicle worthy of the honor, but it turned out they didn’t have to look far. The Ringbrothers are known for their builds that reimagine classic American muscle cars with modern drivetrains and suspensions and tremendous attention to detail. The shop is only about 150 miles from Prestone’s corporate HQ north of Chicago, and Randy Fisher, Prestone’s vice president of marketing, has worked with Ringbrothers for years. The build was on.As soon as they were approached with the project in 2016, Mike and Jim Ring knew the perfect canvas to create an all-American muscle car. There was a 1972 Javelin AMX that became a bit of a local legend in the Ring’s hometown. Mike Ring told us that it was a regular at the gas … [Read more...] about Defiant! Prestone’s Cutting-Edge 1972 Javelin AMX!
Keith Rohm, head judge for the Mopar Nationals, and his judging staff, had been told that a “high quality” Mark Donohue Javelin would be entered in the Mopar Nationals OE Certified competition for 1999. This marked event would be the first time that an American Motors product would be placed under the scrutiny of the veteran judging team. Jeff Kennedy, an AMO club member from Ohio who helps with traffic control at the ‘Nats, had already mentioned the car to Rohm, and his staff spent months researching AMC for the Challenge ahead. The owner, H. DeWayne Ashmead, is the CEO of Albion Laboratories by day. In his spare time, he attends to his passion-sports cars. However, the term “sports cars” is used to describe a group of performance vehicles-a group that is as diverse as the moniker is generic. In DeWayne’s stable, the 30 vehicles include an Allard, an MG-TC, a Jaguar XKE, and a ’66 Pontiac GTO. Also in his collection is a 1916 Dodge Brothers … [Read more...] about 1970 Mark Donohue Javelin – AMC
American Motors. Two great words separately, even greater together. But despite having great admiration for some of their models, and even driving a green Gremlin for a period, I can’t say I’ve been an AMC “guy.” So these thoughts come from an objective observer rather than a brand cheerleader, and I hope that helps give this column what Judge Judy calls the ring of truth. Last fall while in Detroit for the Pure Stock Drags, I had the pleasure of photographing two of Larry Weymouth’s superb AMCs: the best-looking gloss-black 1969 AMX you’ve ever seen, loaded with Group 19 parts, and his 1971 Hornet SC360, at 13.14 at 108.36, the fastest AMC at the Pure Stock Drags. After that, I would drive back to the airport in Romulus, eat lunch, and catch my flight back to this Southern sandbar of sinkholes, humidity, and alligators. At the conclusion of our two photo sessions, Larry offered me one more car to shoot, one of the highlights of his impressive … [Read more...] about AMC in the 1960s: The Most Dramatic Turnaround in American Automotive History
When everything is special, nothing is special. Custom, big-dollar builds based on Camaros, Mustangs, Chargers, Corvettes, and Challengers clog showhalls around the country, giving rise to an unfortunate normalization of the restomod musclecar. Thankfully, there are still a handful of shops whose thinking is decidedly “out of the box,” creating incredible builds that are almost more art than car. At this year’s SEMA show, Ringbrothers once again proved itself the king of this space, unveiling a wild, 1,080-hp 1972 AMC Javelin AMX. Looking over the Ringbrothers’ Defiant! AMX (yes, the exclamation point is included), it’s hard to believe the Wisconsin-based workshop began the project just one year ago. Even before head sponsor Prestone knocked on its door, Ringbrothers already knew an AMX would serve as the next canvas. As is the case with most of Ringbrothers’ builds, the Defiant! is radically different than the car it began life as. To make space for … [Read more...] about Ringbrothers Unveil Excruciatingly Cool 1972 AMC Javelin AMX at SEMA
Ringbrothers. Their creations feature incredible craftsmanship and tasteful design, and the cars the shop brought to SEMA this year are no different. The first was a Dodge Charger that we've already shown you, but the other is something far more unusual, a 1972 AMC Javelin AMX. It was commissioned by Prestone, and the gold-colored product is remarkable.The body is the first thing you'll notice, and it still has all the obvious Javelin design cues such as the long nose, fastback roof, and exaggerated fenders. Javelin experts might notice that something's a little different about the car's shape, though. As explained at the car's reveal, the front wheels and arches have been moved forward. The purpose of this was to help eliminate the stock Javelin's long overhang. In order to accomplish this, the original fenders were completely removed in favor of custom carbon fiber pieces. Other sharp exterior details include the side skirts that incorporate the side-exit exhaust, and black sections … [Read more...] about Ringbrothers’ 1972 AMC Javelin AMX makes 1,100 horsepower
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!
Joining the expected highbrow selections at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auction in January 2017—vintage offerings by Ferrari, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Packard, Bentley, and Mercedes-Benz—is one from an American automaker whose wares aren’t usually found in such rarefied environs: American Motors. Although it came from the people who brought you the Gremlin and the Pacer, the AMX/3 was a bona fide exotic, one that has every right to share the podium with the better known vintage-car royalty at the Gooding sale.A mid-engine two-seater, the AMX/3 was the ultimate product of the push to reverse AMC’s staid image, an effort that also saw the introduction of the Javelin and the AMX. Interestingly, it brought together several heavyweights of late-1960s sports-car construction: BMW did engineering and testing; Italy’s Giotto Bizzarrini (who also did work for Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Iso) developed the chassis and suspension; and Italdesign engineered the … [Read more...] about Yes, There’s an AMC Car that’s Worth a Million Bucks
As 90th birthday presents go, it doesn’t get much better than this 1972 AMC Javelin AMX, customized by Ringbrothers. That’s what Prestone got for its 90th anniversary at the 2017 SEMA show, having planted the seeds for the project at last year’s show. The build is incredible—especially considering that it’s one of the rare muscle-car projects that is based on a Javelin.Beneath its yell0w-and-black paint job, a nod to Prestone’s color scheme, the Javelin’s highest-profile upgrade is in the engine bay, where there lives a supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8—an upgraded blower means this ’Cat is now good for 1100 horsepower or so—that spins a Chevy automatic transmission and a carbon-fiber driveshaft leading to a Chevy rear end. The Ringbrothers brought the braking closer to modern standards with a four-corner Baer disc-brake setup clamped by six-piston calipers. A Detroit Speed subframe for a Camaro supports the front suspension … [Read more...] about AMC + Hellcat + Chevy Adds Up To an Awesome, 1100-HP ’72 Javelin
It was 1984. Van Halen, Iron Maiden, and the Scorpions were on the radio stations I listened to, while Prince, Wham, and some guy named Michael Jackson were on the stations I avoided. I was a young punk and I ran with a fast crowd. Whatever, I was into fast.At just 17 years old, my best buddy Rick had already owned a string of jalopies. His first car had been a VW Beetle of dubious quality and it had made him famous around the school when its throttle stuck wide-open. Fortunately the gate to the high school football field happened to open and Rick was able to pilot the car out onto the perfectly maintained grass where he was forced to do donuts for his very life until the poor beast finally sunk up to its axles. After that had come a string of unremarkable cars, but then finally, he managed to score some real muscle, a 1974 AMC Javelin.Rick’s Javelin was an amazing machine and I was instantly taken with its quirky style and it funky purple color. Equipped with a 304 small block … [Read more...] about Fast Times: How getting rid of an AMC Javelin led me to a better life
some BMW racers might get with their cars, the heavy-duty LeMons racers prefer marques not as well known for their racing heritage. In fact, they prefer marques that haven’t even existed for 25 years. Like, say, American Motors! We’ve seen a respectable assortment of AMC products competing in the 24 Hours of LeMons so far, enough that we’ve seen how incredibly good—and, sometimes, stupendously bad—this idea turns out to be in practice.Sawzalls-n-sledgehammers racing at Altamont Motor Speedway. The 1974 AMC Hornet featured 304-cubic-inch V-8 power and did a good job of surviving the metal-bending chaos that was LeMons racing at Altamont.1983 10Best winner, for which we profusely apologized a few years back) showed up at the 2009 Arse Freeze-a-Palooza with an impressive collection of cheaty parts installed. We hammered the car with penalty laps, which proved unnecessary as the Franco-Wisconsonian machine broke down early and often.Eagle Premier performed … [Read more...] about LeMons Good/Bad Idea of the Week: Racing AMCs! [Marlins and Hornets and Eagles, Oh My]