Sunday, December 17, 2017

VIDEO: Prestone Ringbrother's 1972 AMC Javelin AMX Defiant

Ringbrother's Prestone 1972 AMC Javelin AMX Defiant


 “Defiant!” is arguably the wildest custom vehicle design ever crafted by the Wisconsin based car builders thanks to its extreme appearance, cutting-edge construction techniques and four-digit power output.

When Prestone approached Ringbrothers about the idea of building them a vehicle, the Rings already had a canvas in mind – a 1972 Javelin that had been rolling around their home town for over four decades. With an extremely compressed 12 month timeline, the duo decided to rely heavily on Solidworks digital design tools to render the car’s new panels, which were then brought to life in their machine shop and carbon fiber facility.

The Rings extended the Javelin’s wheelbase by moving the wheels forward six and a half inches. The car’s distinctive wheel arches were moved forward and recreated in carbon fiber to pair with a new hood, front fenders, grille and front valance. Other custom details include tail lights, bumpers, trim and engine bay accessories all machined out of blocks of aluminum at the Ringbrothers facility.
“Defiant!” is powered by a Wegner Motorsports 6.2-liter Hemi Mopar Hellcat engine fitted with a Whipple 4.5-liter Supercharger that produces a mind-boggling 1,036 horsepower. A Bowler automatic transmission backs the high-powered engine and a sturdy QA1 Carbon Fiber driveshaft transfers power to the wheels. Royal Purple engine and transmission oil assures the high-powered motor will be kept running smoothly, while a new Dodge Hellcat radiator and fan assembly ensures perfect running temperatures when filled with Prestone Antifreeze. Other engine highlights include a Holley Dominator fuel management system and wiring harness from Painless Wiring. The Javelin’s growl is audible via custom stainless steel Flowmaster headers and exhaust.

The newly extended wheelbase is supported by a Detroit Speed Hydroformed front subframe originally engineered for a Camaro. The Rings installed Detroit Speed rack and pinion steering, as well as front sway bars and RideTech shocks for a smooth ride. The front suspension is complemented by a Chevy 12-bolt rear end fitted with a custom four-link suspension built by the Rings.

Key interior features include a Kicker sound system, Classic Instruments gauges, a Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum Evap Kit and custom seats by Upholstery Unlimited. “Defiant!” rolls on a set of HRE Performance Wheels sized at 20x11 in the front and 20x13 in the rear, all wrapped in Michelin tires sized 285/30/20 up front and 335/30/20 out back. With more than 1,000hp on tap, the Javelin requires massive stopping power, so a set of six-piston caliber Baer brakes are installed to bring the car to a stop.

To finish the look of the car and highlight the body work, the exterior of “Defiant! is coated in a rich, BASF Glasurit color named “Jalop Gold.”

Vehicle Specs
Engine: Wegner Motorsports Inc. 6.2 Liter Hemi Hellcat Mopar Crate Motor (1,036 HP)
Forced Induction: Whipple 4.5 Liter Supercharger
Engine Extras: Holley Dominator Fuel Management System
Transmission: Chevy 4L80E Automatic by Bowler Transmissions (good to 1,600 HP)
Drive Shaft: QA1 Carbon Fiber Driveshaft

Chassis & Front Suspension: Detroit Speed Hydro Formed Front Sub for a Camaro Set Up
Rear Suspension: 4-Link custom by Ringbrothers
Shock Manufacturer: RideTech
Front Sway Bars: Detroit Speed
Rear End: Chevy 12-bolt

Exhaust Manufacturer: Flowmaster 44 Stainless Steel
Header Details: Customized by Ringbrothers

Radiator: Stock Hellcat Radiator and Fan Assembly
Fluids: Prestone Anti-Freeze

Type: Rack & Pinion
Manufacturer: Detroit Speed
Steering Column: Ididit
Fluid: Prestone

Wheels and Tires
Wheel Manufacturer/Model: HRE Performance Wheels
Front Wheel Size: 20” x 11”
Rear Wheel Size: 20” x 13”
Tire Manufacturer/Model: Michelin
Front Tire Size: 285/30/20
Rear Tire Size: 335/30/20

Front Manufacturer: Baer
Front Caliper Specs: 6S 6-Piston
Rear Manufacturer: Baer
Rear Caliper Specs: 6S 6-Piston

Fuel Type: 92 Octane
Fuel Pump: Aeromotive
Fuel Tank/Cell: Aeromotive
Fuel Management: Holley Dominator Fuel Management System

Wiring Harness: Painless Wiring

Paint Manufacturer: BASF Glasurit Waterborne
Paint Color: Jalop Gold
Paint Booth: Global Finishing Solutions

Seats: Custom by Upholstery Unlimited
Gauges: Classic Instruments
A/C System: Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum Evap Kit
Stereo System: Kicker

Corporate Sponsors
Royal Purple

Product Sponsors
ARP – Automotive Racing Products
Baer Brakes
Bowler Transmission
GFS – Global Finishing Solutions
Heat Shield Products
HRE Performance Wheels
Miller Welding
Painless Wiring
Whipple Superchargers


Monday, September 4, 2017

AMC Javelin AMX Side Pinstripe Reference Images

Most of what I know about AMCs I learned from a small handful of people older than myselves, all of which have dealt with the cars for many years.  Today I had the ability to photograph two Javelin/AMX fenders with original paint and pinstripes on them, and decided to share them with younger folks who may not have ever seen this detail when the cars were new or unrestored.

I'm told they came in gold, white, red, and black.

These photos show their placement on two different front fenders (the red one is off a 1973 AMX).

Javelin AMX Pinstripe Location
Javelin AMX Pinstripe Location

Javelin AMX Pinstripe Location

Thursday, August 3, 2017

1974 AMC Hornet James Bond Stunt Car at Auction August 2017

From the Auctions America website

1974 AMC Hornet Hatchback "Astro Spiral" - James Bond Stunt Car

To be offered on August 31-September 3 2017
Estimate: $250,000 - $350,000, Offered Without Reserve 

  • The stunt car used in The Man with the Golden Gun
  • Center steering
  • Upgraded suspension and roll cage
  • Specially balanced for “Astro-Spiral” jumps
  • Operable and in as-jumped condition
When the phrase “Bond Car” is used, it typically brings to mind a gleaming silver Aston Martin DB5 bristling with gadgets, machine guns, and mysterious red buttons that may or may not eject your passenger. To those of a different generation, it might suggest a white Lotus Esprit that Q Branch had converted into a submarine, or perhaps a silver BMW Z8 convertible. For some, though, there is no more noteworthy “Bond Car” than this, the 1974 AMC Hornet X “Astro-Spiral” stunt car from The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

The famous stunt saw James Bond, played by Sir Roger Moore, drive the Hornet over the remains of a collapsed bridge, corkscrewing over a river to continue his pursuit of the villains. In today’s CGI world this seems a minor undertaking; in 1974 it was awe-inspiring. The corkscrew stunt itself was conceived by famed racing and stunt driver Jay Milligan and was performed by Mr. Milligan publicly as early as 1972. Following his successful execution of the trick at Houston’s Astrodome, Milligan contacted the producers of the Bond series and offered it to them for the next installment of the franchise. The producers secured the right to use the trick and ultimately filed a patent on it to ensure that no one else could perform it on film.

Performing the trick in a controlled setting is one thing; to safely execute the stunt on location in Thailand under the limitations of a movie set is quite another. To produce a film-worthy stunt while ensuring the safety of the driver and film crew, extensive computer modeling was in order. At the time the science of automotive computer modeling was still in its infancy and not yet able to produce useful results for the film. It took the groundbreaking work of Calspan Corporation and engineer Raymond R. McHenry to create the system that ultimately enabled the trick to be successful for the film. Following extensive research, engineering, and programming, the trick was exhaustively planned before the first ramp was built. So successful was this planning that the car, bravely piloted by stunt driver Loren “Bumps” Willard, landed exactly where the simulation predicted after hitting the ramp at the suggested speed of 40 mph. Reportedly the trick only required one take, an amazing testament to both the skill of the programmers and that of “Bumps” Willard.

Due to the pioneering systems created by Calspan and Mr. McHenry, the Hornet survived the jump without incident. In a further indication of the skill of the programmers, the basic technology they created for the stunt still influences computer simulations including today’s most popular racing video games.

Offered from the Jay Milligan collection, This 1974 AMC Hornet Hatchback is the actual stunt car used in The Man with the Golden Gun. The car is operable and remains in as-jumped condition, having suffered no damage during the stunt’s one-take execution. The engine and chassis numbers of this car match those on the shipping invoice created when the car was sent from the filming location in Thailand back to Jay Milligan’s JM Productions in New York.

The sale represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a truly significant piece of automotive, technological and film history.


Please note this vehicle is being sold on bill of sale only