Tim Stolarski, of Macomb Township, is a longtime fan and a former employee of American Motors. He  bought his 1974 AMC Javelin six years ago, and  he’s won several awards for the car in recent years.

Tim Stolarski, of Macomb Township, is a longtime fan and a former employee of American Motors. He bought his 1974 AMC Javelin six years ago, and he’s won several awards for the car in recent years.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Behind the Wheel: 1974 Javelin embodies owner’s affinity for American Motors

By: Jennifer Sigouin | C&G Newspapers | Published May 30, 2019

Photo by Deb Jacques

Photo by Deb Jacques

Photo by Deb Jacques

Photo by Deb Jacques

It’s been decades since a car rolled off the line at the now-defunct American Motors Corp., but for longtime AMC enthusiast Tim Stolarski, of Macomb Township, the brand is still alive and well — at least in his own driveway. 

Stolarski owns a 1974 AMC Javelin, which he purchased six years ago. The car, he said, “is very stock with its original color and interior,” painted in factory medium green metallic paint, with matching domino fabric seats. The Javelin, which Stolarski primarily drives in the summer, represents his affinity for American Motors and his personal connection to the brand. 

“My brothers and I have been AMC fans for the longest time since our youth and have owned various models — Rambler, Gremlin, Pacer, Javelin and an AMX,” Stolarski said in an email interview. “I worked for American Motors at the Plymouth Road facility in procurement, and then the Southfield location as the North American manager of pricing, responsible for the AMC, Jeep and Alliance products.”

Stolarski said that his Javelin was “restored cosmetically and mechanically about eight years ago,” but he has also made some improvements since then. He rewired the sound system, added appearance enhancements to the body and the engine compartment, improved its lighting, and added a “quartz-driven clock that keeps time like the proverbial Swiss watch.” 

“I love its style — low and lean — and the sound of the V-8 with dual exhausts that emit a nice rumble without being too raucous,” he said. 

Stolarski, who is now retired from Chrysler, noted that AMC was purchased by Chrysler in 1987, but the company’s memory lives on through AMC collectors. In fact, Stolarski found his Javelin through a lead from a local AMC car club — the Great Lakes Classic AMC Club — after having been outbid on one that he had found on eBay. He has since officially joined the Great Lakes Classic AMC Club, as well as two other groups — the American Motors Owners Association and the Fun Time Cruzers. 

Stolarski noted that outside of his clubs, though, it’s rare for him to see another American Motors car. 

“Many people now don’t even know American Motors,” he said. 

Stolarski added that his Javelin, with its eye-catching green exterior, always attracts attention and has garnered numerous awards at car shows. He is especially honored that AMC experts have taken note of the car. 

“My proudest achievement is winning Best in Class at an all-AMC show judged by product experts — much more rewarding than the local ‘shine and show’ type,” he said.   


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