MAKE/MODEL


YEAR


CARS

CONCEPT CARS

SUVS

CONCEPT SUVS

-
DIVIDER_large
www.flickr.com
This is a Flickr badge showing public photos and videos from cartype.com. Make your own badge here.
DIVIDER_large
Cartype on Kindle
DIVIDER_large
CT-TV
DIVIDER_large
Cartype on Twitter

RSS RSS FEEDS

Subscribe to our web feeds:

 
 

AMC Javelin SST Trans-Am : 1970

Red, White and Blue. Only 100 made.
Filed under:  Classic
 
Comment(s): 9
 
 
MSRP Engine HP Manufactured
n/a 390-cid, v8 340.0 1970
View all cars for:  AMC

Search for AMC Javelin SST Trans-Am : 1970 on: eBay

American Motors Corp. was formed in 1954 by the merger of Rambler, Nash and Hudson. By the 1960s Nash and Hudson were gone, and to most American buyers Rambler meant dowdy, compact cars. In the mid-1960s AMC sought to move upscale and compete with the Big Three. This was a tall order, and the company's oxymoronic advertising line, the "Sensible Spectaculars," only muddled the promotion.


amc javelin sst trans am rs

1970 AMC Javelin SST Trans-Am (image: Leigh Dorrington)

The Javelin was the first of several exciting designs from AMC designer Richard Teague that finally gave American Motors something to talk about, an entry in the pony car category that included the Ford Mustang, Plymouth Barracuda, Mercury Cougar, Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. The base car was offered with a 232-cid six-cylinder in 1968, but the optional engine was a whopping 390-cid V8. For all this, the clean-lined Javelin was still in the shadow of the old Rambler, its quality unproven against the Big Three.

Faced with a product in which it believed and an unconvinced public, AMC did what any car company would do. It went racing. AMC entered Javelin in SCCA's Trans-Am series for production-based cars. By 1967 the series was a battleground, with factory teams from Ford, GM and Chrysler fighting it out for the manufacturers' championship, sometimes fist to fist. Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney and Peter Revson, along with teams called Penske, Bud Moore and Carroll Shelby made Trans-Am one tough series.

The Javelin team had only two months to prepare cars for 1968, but then it surprised everyone with 10 top-fives, including six second places, for Revson and George Follmer. Camaro grabbed the title, but second place went down to the last race, with Javelin battling Mustang only to settle for third. Both Javelin drivers went to Ford for 1969, and the Javelin team carried on with little to show for it, but the cars were crowd favorites with their bold livery.

Roger Penske and Donohue stunned the racing world when they announced they would take over the AMC Trans-Am program for 1970 after winning the manufacturers' championship for Chevrolet in 1968 and 1969. Javelin was back at the top immediately, and Donohue narrowly finished second to Jones' Mustang for the title, with three wins and four seconds. Donohue was photographed beside AMC president William Luneburg with one of a handful of Javelin Trans-Ams built for the street.

Bill Scheffler of Westport, Connecticut, owns this Javelin Trans-Am street car. Only 100 were built in 1970; maybe 20 are extant. These cars had the 390-cid Go package, but every Trans-Am was equipped with tricolor paint, a Hurst four-speed, Ram-Air hood, spoilers, 140-mph speedometer, tach, power steering, front disc brakes, heavy-duty suspension and raised white-letter tires on mag-style wheels. The factory replicas were rated at 340 hp and 430 lb-ft.

Inside, a wide expanse of wood grain applique stretches across the dashboard. Optional Ventilair Vinyl seats are soft, but offer a surprising amount of support.

Driving this top-of-the-line SST (for supersonic transport) is also a flashback. The 390 starts and idles with a magnificent rumble. The power steering is lighter than expected. Clutch action is easy, but the brake pedal goes down a long way before anything happens. Push the accelerator, though, and all is forgotten. First and second gears are short; shift into third and fourth, and the car just pulls and pulls and pulls some more.

Yet the Javelin's most striking feature is its red, white and blue paint scheme running in wide bands front to back. Scheffler authenticated the originality of his car with the factory paint code, and by inspecting overspray of the three colors beneath the door sills. His Javelin, which was owned by a collector for nearly 30 years, shows 21,000 miles.

AMC carried on, winning the Trans-Am title in 1971. AMC had bought Jeep from Kaiser in 1970, then developed a series of groundbreaking 4wd passenger vehicles. Chrysler bought AMC in 1987, mostly to gain access to Jeep, and production of AMC car lines came to an end.

(source: AutoWeek, by Leigh Dorrington)


Important note:
100 Red, white & blue Trans Am Javelins were officially produced in Kenosha, WI. These will have a door code of 7079-7. Factory price was $3995.00, shipping weight was 3340 lbs. Most, if not all of the 1970 Trans Am Javelins will have the 00 paint code. This total of 100 is included in final production number of 19714 units.


javelin script

Javelin logo script.

javelin emblem

AMC Javelin emblem.

javelin w target sign

1968-1974 Javelin Script logo & Target sign.

amc390v emblem1

390V Emblem.

sst emblem

The SST emblem, (for supersonic transport).

racing team patch1

An original Javelin jacket patch produced by AMC. Measures roughly 3.5 inches across.

hurst shifters logo1

Every AMC Javelin SST Trans-Am was equipped with tricolor paint, a Hurst four-speed, Ram-Air hood, spoilers, 140-mph speedometer, tach, power steering, front disc brakes, heavy-duty suspension and raised white-letter tires on mag-style wheels.

cardin sst memo

December 15, 1971 Pierre Cardin bulletin on the Javelin SST ineterior.
(source: Planet Houston AMX)

RELATED ARTICLES
AMC   American Motors Corporation.
AMC ads   
AMC related emblems   American Motors Corporation.
AMC Spirit AMX : 1979   1979 - 1980.
AMC Gremlin : 1970   671,475 Gremlins were built.
AMC Javelin SST 390 Mark Donohue : 1970   Less than 200 produced, 1 of only 3 in USA.
AMC Rebel "The Machine" : 1970   
AMC SC/Rambler : 1969   1512 produced.
 
 
COMMENTS
Jim Phillips3290 days ago

I owned a 1969 SST in Pompei Yellow and a 1972 SST in Maxi Blue and loved them both! Later owned a Hornet X, red with white stripe like in the James Bond movie and to this day regret having sold any of the three.

The Javelin in this day of retro cars would be a really neat phoenix.

BILL CAHOE3289 days ago

I HAVE JUST PURCHACED A 1970 JAVELIN SST (BARN FIND),IT IS A GOLD COLOR ,BUT AFTER TAKING THE TRIM OFF I FOUND THE ORIGINAL RED,WHITE AND BLUE,I NOTICED THE DOOR TAG HAD A "00" COLOR CODE AND A 7079-7 TYPE CODE,IT IS A 390 4 SPEED WITH 4 PISTON NON VENTED POWER DISC BRAKES,RAM AIR STYLE HOOD WITH AIR CLEANER,TACH,SWAY BAR AND THE REAR SPOILER HOLES WERE FILLED IN WITH BONDO.DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS IS A DONAHUE OR A T/A EDITION?THANKS BILL

Sharon M. POrtman3215 days ago

My brother had a red, white & blue Javelin with large spoiler on it. It had gold writing all over it. I heard my dad say that is was once a pace car. My brother and dad are now both deceased. This car has been long time gone, but I would like to know if it is still around. I also heard my dad say that there were only two of these cars and a man (way back when) who lived in Texas wanted to purchase it because he had the other one like it. I don't know the year of the car, but my mother still has a picture of this car. Can anyone find out where this car is today? My brother died when he was 47 years old and this would mean a great deal to me.
Thanks,
Sharon Portman

Freeman Helmuth2997 days ago

I have a red white blue Javelin, I'm just now starting now to restore it, so I need a pllace to get parts, such as rim blow stearing wheel, spoiler, quarter panels, wheels, and some other parts. Please help me find parts.

Eddie Stakes2968 days ago

Jim: if you ever want another AMC, stop by my site which is 95% FREE to the public, there are hundreds of FREE leads on AMCs for sale in the AMCs For Sale & AMC Classifieds. Bill: Your car might be a real Trans Am Javelin; it was not uncommon for dealers and owners to pain them solid colors so not be cop magnet. I sell new metal trim door tags,
http://www.planethoustonamx.com/main/amc_metal_door_tag.htm
check my ebay auctions for these limited edition tags. You can find a stamper under VENDORS on my site. Sharon: if you can dig thru your relatives files, sometimes get lucky and come up with old registrations or something that has VIN on it. Also, you could look thru library's achives in that area where brother & dad used to live, as sometimes find that dealership had placed ad in local newspaper. I have a huge AMC DEALERSHIPS file on my site if you come across any old AMC ads you wish to contribute also. Freeman: click on VENDORS on my site as it has always been the largest collection of AMC vendors on internet even before internet, but tons of people there to help any AMC fan find obsolete, or NOS, reproduction and used parts & literature. Good luck to everyone and thanks for stopping by my site. Great looking Trans Am Javelin above!
Eddie Stakes

Rob R2833 days ago

I had a 1970 javelin sst 360. Silver with black half vinyl roof and black cord interior. Auto, no ac. Extremely fast. Loved the car. had to sell it in the middle 70's. Best car I ever owned. If it is out there contact me.

I've got a 1970 red white blue, 390 trans am javelin. Had it since 1971, bought it from my cousin. i'm restoreing it now, I need a rim blow steering, and a rear spoiler. Please somebody help me on these two items. Thanks in advance! Fritz H.

joe2660 days ago

where can you find a rear spoiler like in the picture on the 1970 red white and blue javelin

John2250 days ago

Good write-up, I’m regular visitor.

POST A COMMENT
Name
URL
Email
Comment
HTML tags allowed: <a> <em> <strong> <blockquote>
Spambots begone
ABOUT EDITORS CONTACT
-
Advertise on Cartype
-
Twitter Facebook Vimeo YouTube Flavors.me Flickr Kindle
-
-
Car Shipping Companies
Auto Transport Quotes
DIVIDER_large
DIVIDER_large
 
DIVIDER_large
-

CARTYPE STORE

Go Faster. The Graphic Design of Racing Cars. Cars That Matter Italian Racing Red Car Design Yearbook 1
-
-

NOTICE

Much of the material on this website is copyrighted. Original articles appearing herein are subject to copyright. Please don't copy stuff from the site without asking; it may belong to someone! Any trademarks appearing on this site are the sole property of the registered owners. No endorsement by trademark owners is to be construed. The products, brand names, characters, related slogans and indicia are or may by claimed as trademarks of their respective owners. Every effort has been made whenever possible to credit the sources. The use of such material falls under the Fair Use provisions of intellectual property laws.