This 1,036 HP Hellcat-Powered AMC Javelin AMX is the Coolest Thing You Never Knew You Needed
Just Another Wild Build From the Halls of SEMA
It’s called ‘Defiant!’ and it’s quite possibly the sexiest AMC Javelin AMX you’ll ever see. Ringbrothers, an automotive shop in Spring Green, Wisconsin, brought its newest toy out to play at SEMA this year. The 1972 AMC Javelin AMX is finished in shop-custom Jalop Gold and is a car that will upset and excite AMC purists and fanboys alike.
You see, Defiant! isn’t your every day AMX. This Javelin has been shown some tender lovin’ in a way that only Ringbrothers knows how. The first thing you might notice about this car is that it looks a bit longer, lower, and more planted than your typical AMX. That’s because Ringbrothers extended its wheelbase by six and a half inches by moving the front wheels forward.
Of course, this required a lot of supporting work, such as recreating the iconic wheel arches in carbon fiber, which incidentally now matches the hood, front bumper and valance, and grille. Also new are taillight housings, bumpers, and side skirts, which were all machined out of solid aluminum blocks.
The AMX’s factory curb weight was 3,197 lbs, which has no doubt been reduced thanks to all the new lightweight materials by at least a couple hundred pounds.
While Ringbrothers is no stranger to SEMA, or to bringing us some seriously awesome builds, the shop actually functions mostly as a collision and repair shop for the community. It pumps out custom rides a few times a year, but for the most part, it’s a family business with homegrown roots. People say you shouldn’t go into business with friends or family, but Ringbrothers is obviously the exception, as Jim and Mike Ring have been working on cars together since the day they were old enough.
How Did The Ringbrothers Defiant! Get Its Start?
“Jim and I have always wanted to build an AMX,” said Mike Ring, co-founder of Ringbrothers. “We’ve seen this particular car driving around our hometown of Plain, Wisconsin since we were kids and we always loved it. The AMX was such a neat car, unlike anything else at that time.”
And build an AMX they did.
The original powerplant for this Javelin, which could be any number of V8s depending on which model they used as a base, is long gone. In its place sits a rowdy 6.2L Hellcat engine good for 707 hp. Ringbrothers upped the ante by replacing the Hellcat’s go-fast bit with a gargantuan 4.5L Whipple supercharger, raising the power output to a whopping 1,036 ponies.
Ringbrothers always shows incredible craftsmanship in its builds and has produced some of the most immaculate engine bays and setups we’ve ever laid eyes on. Everything is so neatly tucked in, detailed and color-matched; they may say their car builders, but what they really do is create some seriously memorable works of automotive art.
Even cooler is that on top of building incredible cars, Ringbrothers also offers carbon fiber body panels for sale. The parts are inspired by their signature stylings so that the aftermarket can have a taste of what they’re laying down.
Defiant! puts its power down thanks to a 4-speed GM 4L80E automatic transmission, which translates torque to the rear wheels via a carbon fiber driveshaft. 335mm tires in the rear and 285mm rubbers up front give the car a nice surface area to work with; the 1,000 hp monster certainly needs all the grip and handling it can get if it hopes to stay in one piece!
With great power also comes some big-ass brakes. Defiant! makes do with powerful six-piston Baer brakes on all four wheels, ensuring the beast to a proper halt without much fuss. The sound is handled by a Flowmaster exhaust
This absolutely gorgeous piece of work is on display at SEMA 2017 at Ringbrothers’ booth accompanied by a 1969 Dodge Charger and a 1956 Ford F-100 Pickup, seen below.