Many AMC performance fans freaked when the classic two-seat '68 to '70 AMX was replaced by the redesigned pontoon-fender four-seater in 1971. But time has been kind to the second-generation Javelin AMX, and it's gone from unwanted to nearly unobtainable in the last decade. While it isn't all that uncommon to stumble onto the crusty shell of a basic Javelin in the boneyard, spotting an actual AMX is a rare thing. Feast your eyes on this final-year '74 Javelin AMX at Desert Valley Auto Parts in Phoenix (dvap.com; 800/905-8024). It's the last of the breed. Original paint-even baby-poop brown-is a sad thing to waste. We dig the fact that AMC put fiberglass hoods on the second-generation AMX. Even though the Fed required all '74 passenger cars to have 5-mph impact-absorbing bumpers, AMC somehow got away with the simple addition of the rubber bumper guards seen here and met the requirement. AMC door tags offer a wealth of vehicle information. Let's decode from the top: Body 015601 = the production sequence, Model 7479-8 = '74 model year, 79-8 = AMX (we'd see code 79-7 if this was a regular non-AMX Javelin), Trim 426Q = Cinnamon vinyl bucket seats, Paint F9-BU = Copper Metallic with Buckskin vinyl roof. Lifting the hood reveals a nice surprise. Though it's only the 220hp P-code 360 four-barrel mill and not the top-dog 255hp Z-code 401, there's a bunch of bolt-on magic to perk things up. Scope the Mallory distributor, Edelbrock carburetor, and chrome Milodon valve covers. The headers and Offy aluminum dual-plane intake are less visible but present. Our X-ray glasses are in the shop, but there's a better-than-even chance a hot cam lurks inside. And speaking of inside, there's not much left but we can see the remains of the unique football goal shift handle and three-spoke AMX steering wheel. Want to learn more about these cool cars? Get Chris Zinn's Javelin and AMX From Concept to Reality photo archive books from iconografixinc.com. Groovy Factoids* All Javelins and AMXs built from '68 to '74 use the same trunk lid.* AMC Design Chief Dick Teague had a prototype '71 Javelin front clip installed on his two-seat Javelin in '70 as a last hope of selling the two-seat body to upper management. The idea was rejected, but the mule still exists. Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!