COUSINS FROM KENOSHA
There are two schools of thought as to what constitutes a legitimate Mopar. One school says that unless it was built when the marque was part of the traditional Mopar family — Chrysler, Dodge, Imperial, and Plymouth — it’s not a real Mopar.
The other school says that if the company was acquired by Chrysler Corporation, as was American Motors in 1987, then cars built by the predecessor company are indeed Mopars. They can be called Mopars by adoption. Each school has its fans and detractors, but over the last two decades, the American Motors cars have been increasingly welcomed by almost all major Mopar events, with classes dedicated to the cars of AMC.
This widens the appeal of our hobby, especially for the next generation who’s priced out of buying their first collector car. Take this Javelin as an example. It’s realistically appraised at somewhere north of $35,000. This is far more than the very reasonable price Mark paid for this lowmileage, original-condition Javelin. It proves that bargains are out there, just look outside the box, meaning your local and regional Craigslists, and as in Fletcher’s case, cars when they come up on Facebook marqueand model-specific groups.
What is its cousin in the traditional Chrysler-dodge-plymouth Mopar family — say a comparable 1970 Barracuda or Challenger under 50,000 miles, with a four-barrel 383 and a four-speed transmission — going to cost to acquire? We dare say that it’ll be more than $50,000. (At Mecum’s 2017 Kissimmee auction, Lot 128, a very similarly equipped, restored 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Gran Coupe, a non-a/c, 383, four-speed car, sold for $51,000.) That makes this Javelin, or even the bit more expensive (and rare) two-seat 1968-1970 AMX, a very reasonably priced alternative and a great way to enter the ranks of classic car ownership.