UPDATE 2007: Sold this car to a New York AMCer that collects rare Hornets. Had to go to make space and money for the next toy. (sniff!)
March 18,2005 UPDATE:
Here's some specific production information I've finally dug up (from original AMC records, collected by a noted AMC historian)
� Just under 3000 Hornets received a V8 in 1973.
� More than half of those got the 304.
� Only 876 Hornet hatchbacks received a 360-V8 in 1973 (about 100 more than the total of �71 SC/360s).
No specific info has been found to indicate how many of the 876 were �X� models, but this copper beauty is one of them.
Anyway- several improvements were made to the car last weekend...all were minor, but worth mentioning. To see/read about it all, check out the car's main page at http://www.javelinamx.com/JavHome/jwr/73hornet360/.
The new rear-angle photo above has been photo-edited to mimick the vinyl top I'll be adding shortly (the original was removed years ago). The pic also is altered to remove the side molding, which will come off this coming weekend.
This car has been chosen by My Classic Car.com as their 'Feature Car of the Week' for the week of Feb 6, 2005! You can see it at http://myclassiccar.com/CoolCars/photogallery/archive/2005/2005-02-07/index.shtml. Sweet!
Also, Hemmings Muscle Machines magazines of March 2005 has a six page article detailing the history of the 1972-1974 Hornet X 360-V8s!! See page 80! I'll post the article here after the issue has left the newstands.
I've also located the missing trim from the C-pillars which will allow me to re-install the missing vinyl top. Yea, it'll be a wee-bit less 'sporty' with it, but it is on the car's window sticker, so I want it back on the car for 'correctness'. Next the hitch and side-molding come off, and more NOS pieces go on. Stay tuned!
This page is a supplemental site to this car's usual page at http://www.javelinamx.com/JavHome/jwr/73hornet360/.
This car is one of 876 built with the 360cid V8 engine option in 1973 (The 360 option mandated an automatic transmission from 72 on, so no 3 or 4-speeds were built). Her few mods include a Holley 2v carb replacing a Motorcraft 2v, a rear anti-sway bar and a custom dual exhaust system. I bought the car in September, 2004 and plan to retore it as close to factory-correct as I can. As proof, note the NOS 30-year-old Good Year tires I recently acquired and mounted on the car. These are not reproduced by anyone so originals must be found. Look how 'new' these are- they've never been on a car in the last 30 years!
These pics were taken by me on Christmas Eve, 2004, while a professional photographer was shooting the car for a possible magazine feature article to come soon. His visit was quite the ego boost!
Here's a quick pic from Road & Track magazine back in 1973, showing the specs of a brand new 360 Hornet X (in case anyone still doubts that 360s were in Hornets after the 1971 SC/360).