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 mentioned 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 was owned by a gentleman who
immigrated from Italy in 1968 and bought this car when he became a
citizen. He owned it until this year, when the current consigner
picked up and proceeded to bring it back to near factory condition.
It emulates the curves of the early version of the "Coke bottle
design". A fastback SST (Super Sports Touring), a 343ci V8, new
paint, and rechromed bumpers, some freshening of the interior, and
now designed to be making someone and their garage very happy.
With its long front end sporting a dual scooped hood and deeply
raked B pillar and short rear deck it has taken on its iconic look
and presents as such, looking all original as it was penned in
1968. Straight steel panels are rust free and now bathed in
Calcutta Russet Metallic paint with a wide side stripe emulating
the contour of the body in white, and it's sandwiched by a thin
stripe on top and bottom. 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. On top is black vinyl covering in excellent
rust free condition. The B pillar takes its time descending
extending to and around the rear quarter to the taillights. A body
matching spoiler is the crescendo to this curvature and is painted
with the body matching Calcutta Russet. A horizontal bar runs
across the midsection just under the trunk lid and below is another
rechromed bumper with some exhaust tips peeking out from underneath
on either side. 14-inch wheels are covered in AMC factory caps and
are wrapped in raised white letter tires on all 4 corners and a set
of 14-inch Magnum 500 wheels are also included with the
Tan molded vinyl panels adorn the doors with a wood applique panel
near the front of the door pointing us to the seats. This applique
has the window crank within its field. Inside futuristic medium
high back buckets with tan circular small, dimpled broadcloth
inserts, and smooth tan vinyl surrounding bolsters and no
headrests. The rear bench takes on this pattern and is looking in
very nice condition. A long shift lever reaches for the driver and
is topped with a chrome knob. Original tan molded vinyl dash is
upfront, and sports round blackface bezel-less gauges deeply inset
keeping the simplified Euro look. A new tachometer has been
installed as has a new headliner for this refresh. A wood rimmed
steering wheel with 3 center spokes fronts the tan clean dash.
Also, in the center of the dash the Euro styling continues with a
large curved vertical panel which goes up and over the dash top,
has the radio speaker within it and the radio neatly inserted
below. Gold carpeting for the floors and a shiny darker tan vinyl
headliner are the top and bottom.
The original highly detailed and incredibly shiny and clean 343ci
V8 is under the hood, and all looks fine and dandy with satin
silver and black painted block air cleaner covering. There is a
single 4-barrel carburetor atop, and a T10 4-speed manual
transmission is behind the 343 cubes. The rear axle comes to us
with a 3.15 gear ratio. All looking very good under this hood.
Some minor surface rust is seen on the suspension and drivetrain
parts, but these remain solid. Floor pans have patina black factory
paint, and the rockers have some overspray. The unibody frame
remains structurally sound. Front suspension is independent coil
springs and leaf springs for the rear with power drum brakes all
around. New OEM door weatherstripping will come with this car and a
spare carburetor also will be along for the ride home.
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 our immigrant carpenter then
sold to our consigner who now has taken it to the next level with
plenty of cosmetic refreshing. All the major work has been
performed and you can hop in and turn the key and go eat up a
M-4 Speed Manual
9-2 Door Hardtop
T-343ci V8 4bbl 280hp
143551-Sequential Unit Number
PAINT 50A-Calcutta Russet Metallic
TRIM 832E-Tan Reclining Vinyl Buckets
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
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
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.