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July 30, 2012


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Ramona White

I live in Vancouver, Washington and we have a 1974 AMC Javelin. It belonged to my dad, hasn't been restored, and hasn't even been driven in at least 30 years. Dad always hoped someone would take it on as a project. Now that he's passed on it seems a shame for it to continue to go downhill sitting in the driveway. Any idea who I'd contact in my area to find someone who'd love this car? Thanks!

Terry Parkhurst

Well Ramona, you might want to call Silver Auctions about the auction they're having, just across the river in Portland, Oregon, on September 21 and 22, at the Portland Exposition Center. The toll-free number to call (they're headquartered in Spokane) is 1-800-255-4485.

The latest edition of the NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide - I'm on the advisory board - shows this range of values for a 1974 AMC Javelin:
$3,825 (low)- $8,150 (average)- $17,200 (high).

There's an add-on for larger displacement engines with more horsepower: Add five percent for a 220 hp, 360 cubic inch V8; add five percent for a 235 hp, 360 cubic inch V8; add 15 percent for a 235 hp, 401 cubic inch V8; add 15 percent for a 315 hp, 401 cubic inch V8.

Perhaps because of some additional options, the value range for a 1974 Javelin in AMX trim is different (more):
$6,200 (low); $12,650 (average); $24,800 (high).

Please note that those values are suggested ones, based on input from the approximately 200 people on the advisory board for this book. What any car sells for at auction, depends on how many people are in the audience and what sorts of autos, trucks or motorcycles they want or covet (personally, or in the case of collector car dealers, professionally).

American Motors autos have a niche, within the American muscle car scene, as you know; but they are getting attention from people other than just folks in the AMC Owners Association (whose contact info is: 1615 Purvis Avenue, Janesville WI 53545-1556; telephone: 608-752-8247.)

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