AMC Javelin AMX

  1. AMC Javelin AMX

Today’s law enforcement agencies use various vehicles in their patrol duties. But back in the days of those original muscle cars, police cruisers were big and slow sedans. Detroit was producing fast cars capable of achieving high speeds and outrunning the police, but the cops still used large, heavy, four-door automobiles.

So in 1971, Alabama State Troopers saw the need for fast and capable patrol cars which they could use to chase suspects. The cars also needed the regular police components with enough space for two officers and their gear. After a short search, they decided to purchase the AMC Javelin AMX with a 401 V8 engine delivering 335 HP.

The Alabama State Troopers chose this car since it was one of the cheapest available and ended up buying 133 examples which served during the ’70s. This was the first time that an official police force used a true muscle car. As many retired officers will testify, the Javelins proved to be the best choice as veterans of many highway chases.

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