AMC is often overlooked by collectors but the now defunct company made high quality, beautifully finished, well appointed and stylish automobiles – at least in the deluxe and SST versions; the plain Jane models AMC put out were just that. Any enthusiasts out there that have an AMC Javelin – restore it! If you know where there is a neglected one – buy it! This is a car well worthy of restoration. A project car Javelin is a challenge to restore because of the limited number of units sold. In its day AMC was well respected for trend setting safety features as well as being the first ones to offer new and previously unavailable options. If it helps General Motors Corporation made many of the parts such as gear clusters, window mechanisms and some engine parts as well for AMC so restoration is not impossible.
The Javelin came on the market in late August 1967 for the ’68 model year– a pony car- in direct competition with Fords Mustang and the Chevy Camaro. This first entry into the muscle car market boasted many safety features unheard of before such as the use of three point seat belts with headrests as basic equipment. The interior had no bright colors to help reduce glare. Other safety features included fiber glassed padded interior windshield safety posts and flush mounted paddle style interior door handles. The other interior appointments were much nicer than anything its three larger competitors offered. The passenger compartment did not have “no draft” vent windows instead the Javelin had flow through ventilation with ports installed in the doors to extract stale air – controlled by a flap valve under each doors armrest. The instruments and easily accessible controls were set deep in a padded dash far away from driver and passengers. The SST Javelin came equipped with full carpet, wood grain door panels, sport style steering wheel, and reclining thin shell bucket seats in front. The car has a lot of storage space in the trunk, the passenger compartment is larger than its competitors and something that didn’t occur to Ford or Chevrolet – the rear seating has some leg room. The exterior of this fine automobile also looked good with a recessed honeycomb grill, outboard mounted headlights and turn signals mounted in the bumper. To complete the sporty, look are simulated hood scoops and a windshield racked back to 59 degrees.
The AMC Javelin SST has show for sure but it also has go. In 1968 the SST is powered by a 343 cu in (5.6 L) V8 basically equipped with a two barrel that burns regular gas or as an option the “go pack” has a four barrel that burns premium fuel. With the go pack the car could do 0-60 (97 km/h) in 8 seconds reaching a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h) – very fast for a street car.
written by expatjoe