The 1971 Javelin went through some major design changes, due in large part to declining sales and the fact that the AMX was scrapped for the 1971 model year. The 1971 Javelin grew in length and weight, the grill was new but similar the old models, and the taillights were slightly revised. The fenders and rear quarter panels had humps, which allowed thicker racing tires on the rear.
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The interior went through some design changes that were pretty dramatic. The nonreclining vinyl bucket seats were still standard, with pleated vinyl, corduroy, and black or red leather as options. The dash changed significantly. The instrument panel was curved around the driver, and dropped off and disappeared for the passenger, leaving more room for the passenger. A single exterior pinstripe was standard on the base model, and the SST had twin rally stripes in black or white.
For the interior, the AMX package included the dash and door panels being made of smoothed aluminum. On the exterior, the same tail on the 1970 Donohue Javelin was used on the 1971 Javelin AMX. The cowl hood was raised in the middle, and the recessed grille was wire mesh. The front of the hood had a flared T painted on it, with tips running down the top sides of the hood. The final touch was Rally wheels and exterior AMX logos. An extra option on the AMX package was a front spoiler.
The standard engine on the AMX package was the 360 two barrel V8 with single exhaust, with a three speed manual floor shift transmission. The Go Package could be added to the AMX package, giving it a 360 four barrel or 401 V8 engine, dual exhaust, functional cowl induction hood, Rebel Machine wheels, a handling package, Space-Saver spare tire (a spare tire that inflated), Twin –Grip differential, power disk brakes, and Rally-Pac instruments. Although the decked out Javelin with the AMX package and Go Package combined sounds like a real street racing machine, it was hindered by it’s enormous weight. Other Detroit muscle cars were losing speed and power due to heavy weight and new emission rules, so the Javelin AMX could still hold it’s weight against other muscle and pony cars of 1971.