1968 AMC Javelin SST
When we talk about AMC, oftentimes we just think about a failed
company. The truth is though that they simply decided that we're
going to build cars better even if it meant smaller profits.
Because of that, they were ranked the best-engineered cars for two
straight years, from 1969 to 1970. Most folks remember the Javelin.
That's exactly why it's not mentioning it much. It still deserves
credit though because while AMC went after the Corvette with the
AMX, it didn't stop there. It decided that the Mustang shouldn't be
safe either and sent the Javelin over to do battle. It often won
For consignment AMC's answer to the muscle car onslaught from the
big three, the Javelin. This one is bathed in nice gray metallic
paint, has a snazzy belt line stripe that runs the gamut of the
sides and emulates the curves of the early version of the "Coke
bottle design". A fastback SST (Super Sports Touring) a 290ci V8,
Magnum 500 wheels, and snappy two tone red and gray for the
interior, this is the best thing to come out of Wisconsin since the
cheese queen, and moved many a big three fan over to AMC, which
gave a serious bid to the manufacturers power war going on.
With its long front end and deeply raked B pillar rear deck it has
taken on its iconic look and presents as such, looking all
original. Straight steel panels are rust free and now bathed in
Castillian Gray Metallic paint with a side stripe emulating the
contour of the body in black sandwiching a thin red stripe. Chrome
is very nice all around as are all the trimmings, and badging.
Interesting that this car had much influence from European design
even to the point that Karmann was shipped stripped down versions
of this car and they were turned into Karmann Javelins. 14-inch
Magnum 500 wheels are now on all 4 corners, and are wrapped by
Red vinyl panels adorn the doors with a wood applique panel near
the front of the door which has the window crank within its field
seen as we swing the doors. Inside futuristic medium high back
buckets with gray tuck and roll inserts and red surrounding
bolsters and a large headrest keep the driver and passenger firmly
planted inside during a performance run. A center console is
sweeping up on the hump, sports wood applique and has a Seattle
Space Needle styled shifter. In the back is a 2 plus 2 bench which
has more room than an afterthought. Original red dash is upfront,
and sports round blackface bezel-less gauges deeply inset keeping
the simplified Euro look. A wood rimmed steering wheel with 3
center spokes fronts the red dash. Also, in the center of the dash
the Euro styling continues with a large wood applique curved
vertical panel which goes up and over the dash top, has the radio
speaker within it and the radio neatly inserted below. Red
carpeting for the floors and a felted fuzzy headliner is above also
in red. A shout out to the trunk which also presents rust free and
looking just fine with a gray vinyl liner and correct center
The original 290ci V8 is under the hood, and all looks fine and
dandy with the bright metallic aqua paint on it for the block,
intake manifold, and valve covers. There is a single 2-barrel
carburetor atop, and a Command Shift automatic 3-speed automatic
transmission on back. The rear axle comes to us with a 2.87 gear
ratio. All very nicely restored under this long hood.
Some minor surface rust is seen on the suspension and drivetrain
parts but these remain solid. Floorpans have smooth black factory
paint as do the rockers. The unibody frame remains structurally
sound. Suspension is independent coil springs and leaf springs for
the rear with drum brakes all around.
She fired right up, and drove swimmingly with nice acceleration,
bias free braking on the panic stopping test, and good handling.
Interior was very comfy, and all functions were working at the time
of the test drive.
Owned and enjoyed for many years by an older gentleman then sold to
our consigner who now has to sadly part with his found beauty. All
the major work has been performed and you can hop in and turn the
key and go eat up a Mustang!
A-American Motors Corporation
C-Automatic, Floor Shift
9-2 Door Hardtop
M-290ci V8 2bbl 200hp
214716-Sequential Unit Number
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barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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