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The second-generation AMC Javelin was called the “Humpster” for its enormously arched front fenders. According to Hemmings, in 1971—after designing the two-seater AMX and the first-gen Javelin in the ’60s on the Rambler American platform (in an effort to “catch up to” Ford’s Mustang)—AMC nixed the AMX model and redesigned the Javelin to be much larger. The AMX name lived on as a performance variant of the new Javelin, shown above.


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Writer, Jalopnik. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle, 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee auto, 1991 Jeep Cherokee 5spd, 1976 Jeep DJ-5D, totaled 2003 Kia Rio