Vintage Snapshots: 1973 AMC Javelin AMX, Niagara Falls and Me

1973 or '74 AMC Javelin. Niagara Falls. Summer 1990.

Earlier this week, I had mentioned how living frugally and our general conservation of funds might have allowed for my family to take an extended road trip.  When I was a teenager in the summer of 1990, my family went to Niagara Falls.  Were there any shots taken of me with the falls in the background?  Maybe, but I couldn’t find any.  Any pics of the Maid of the Mist?  If they exist, they didn’t end up with me.

I did, however, ask for a picture of me behind this 1973 (or ’74) AMC Javelin AMX in the lot at the park.  It was a complete geek-out-freak-out moment while waiting in the queue for the boat ride for this car-hungry teen who was convinced that a Javelin of any year would some day grace my driveway.  It’s still one of my dream cars.  That day, this Javelin might as well have been a celebrity whose autograph I had just asked for and obtained.  I was grinning from ear-to-ear for the rest of the day, probably unable to concentrate on anything else.

1973 or '74 AMC Javelin AMX. Niagara Falls, New York. Summer 1990.

It’s incorrect to assume that the Javelin was the slowest-selling car of its type just because it came from little AMC.  Ponycar sales were dying by the dawn of the ’70s, but in ’73, the Javelin sold about 27,500 units (including 4,980 AMXs) against 22,200 Plymouth Barracudas.  Javelin sales ticked up to 29,500 units the next year, its last, against 11,700 Barracudas.  Curiously, the same number of Javelin AMXs were sold in both 1973 and ’74.  Only nine more ‘Cudas were sold for ’74 than Javelin AMXs.  The sporty AMC clearly had its fans in its day, and still does.  There’s also something to be said for crossing the finish line in anything other than in last place.

Niagara Falls, New York.
Summer 1990.

Click here for my expanded thoughts on the AMC Javelin.