1973 American Motors Javelin

AMX Pierre Cardin Edition Fastback
Mecum Indy 2022
Friday, 13 May - Saturday, 21 May
Sale Price
$75,000 - $100,000
Est. Range
20 May 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. A3M798Z205653. Trans Am Red and gold over Cardin pattern cloth. 401/255hp, 4-speed with Hurst shifter, Goodyear Polyglas GT tires, rear spoiler, bucket seats, console, Weather Eye heat and defrost, original books and documents.

Evaluation: From the AMC collection. Rare Pierre Cardin Edition Javelin and restored to higher standards than the vast majority of AMCs out there. Nearly spotless fully restored engine bay. Excellent paint other than some imperfect masking between the red and black areas of the tail. Even gaps. Very good interior. A highlight of this collection that should get any AMC man excited.

Bottom Line: “Only Pierre Cardin can make upholstery look so elegant, door panels so classy, and a headliner so chic,” says a period ad promoting this special designer edition Javelin, which predated the better known Designer Series Lincolns by several years. “So that the Beautiful People can buy a lot of class. Without worrying about clash,” the ad continues. But like most AMCs, late Javelins, even special editions like this, haven’t traditionally gotten auction paddles to wave frantically.

This very car for example, sold at Mecum St Charles 10 years ago for just $36,040. Sold out of a large AMC collection in front of a receptive crowd, however, Indy 2022 was this car’s time to shine and it brought an absolutely massive, perhaps unrepeatable price.

by Andrew Newton
28 May 2022


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