Who goes so far with a 1972 AMC Javelin as moving the front axle 6.5 inches forward, manufacturing a completely custom front end for it, all in the name of shorter overhangs? The same Mike and Jim who put 4700 hours into a 1969 Dodge Charger, just in time for SEMA.
A built Javelin is a breath of fresh air after all the Mustangs, Camaros and mad Mopars we've seen in recent years. Let's not forget that AMC's pony car comes with quite a pedigree: Designed by Richard Teague, father of both the Pacer and the Jeep Cherokee XJ, the Javelin won the Trans-Am title in 1971, 1972 and 1976, spawning an official Highway Patrol car in the process.
So it makes sense that the Ringbrothers would want to aim their considerable talents at a Javelin. Their 1972 donor car came with an eggcrate grille and full-width taillights. Though not much factory equipment remains.
The custom ride, built as a promotional for antifreeze maker Prestone, features custom front and rear quarter panels hiding a '69 Camaro's front suspension with a four-link setup at the rear. The latter ends in 345-width Michelin rubber. Power comes from a Hellcat crate engine boosted by a 4.5-liter Whipple supercharger and fed by a Holley Dominator fuel system. That can put out anything between 1000-1400 horsepower, depending on how far you wish to travel. The Hemi is connected to a GM 4L80E four-speed automatic built by Bowler Transmissions, ending in a familiar Cadillac shifter.
But to keep Jay Leno happy, the Ringbrothers kept the original gauges. The result is one hell of a Javelin, painted in a BMW shade of yellow voted the third worst factory color by Jalopnik readers .
The brothers now call it Jalop Gold, and if you wish to purchase your M3 in that color, hurry, as the F80 M3 will cease production this August due to not complying with the upcoming emissions regulations. Meanwhile, no emission issues with this: