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1969 AMC Javelin SST

Be aware: The next story was excerpted from the February 2019 challenge of  Collectible Car journal

After the profitable Romney years, American Motors Company stumbled within the mid Sixties. One misstep was the Marlin. It started because the well-received Tarpon present automobile based mostly on the compact American chassis. Had AMC stayed with the unique idea, it will have had a sporty compact to compete with the Ford Mustang in 1965. As an alternative, Marlin was stretched to suit on the midsize Traditional chassis and gross sales had been minuscule.

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1969 AMC Javelin SST

1969 AMC Javelin SST

By 1967 AMC was teetering on chapter. That yr introduced dynamic new management with William V. Luneburg as president and Roy D. Chapin as chairman of the board. 

A Marlin alternative was already within the works—the Javelin, which made its debut for 1968. Set on a 109-inch wheelbase, it was within the “ponycar” class, though with just a little further inside room. Costs tended to undercut the competitors, and the semifastback styling drew reward. Engines ranged from an 145-horsepower six to a 280-horse, 343-cubic inch V8. A 390-inch V8 that developed 315 horsepower turned non-obligatory midyear. 

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1969 AMC Javelin SST

1969 AMC Javelin SST

Javelins got here in base and tonier SST variations. (The event of supersonic transport [SST] planes was within the information and AMC thought the initials would add glamour to its prime trim traces.) The SST included reclining entrance seats—uncommon in American automobiles on the time—a sport steering wheel, woodgrain inside trim, and vast rally stripes. Reviewers had good issues to say about Javelin’s efficiency and dealing with. The automobile went racing and competed towards different ponycars within the Sports activities Automotive Membership of America’s Trans-Am sequence. AMC hoped to promote 35,000 to 40,000 models, however as a substitute moved 56,462 Javelins for the ’68 model yr. Not solely did the automobile promote nicely, but it surely introduced youthful prospects into AMC showrooms. AMC was on a roll and turned a revenue. 

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1969 AMC Javelin SST

1969 AMC Javelin SST

Javelin had few modifications for its second yr. Our featured automobile is a 1969 SST with the 390 V-8 and a four-speed handbook gearbox. It’s at present owned by Bruce Ulmer of Churchville, New York, however when photographed was owned by John Robertson of Bloomington, Illinois. Robertson purchased the Javelin in 2006. It was rust-free, however the parts had taken their toll on the paint and vinyl prime. Nonetheless the dashboard and patterned-vinyl seats had been in “like-new” situation. The Javelin’s first proprietor, in keeping with AMC’s then-new efficiency picture, modified the automobile and went drag racing. The engine had a efficiency camshaft, manifold, and exhaust headers, and the rear fenders had been flared to accommodate greater tires. Robertson had the automobile returned to inventory specs. His greatest problem was discovering appropriate elements—which is far more troublesome for AMC automobiles than Large Three makes. Robertson did the “grunt work” of sharpening the chrome steel trim to showroom look. Among the many choices on this automobile are a tachometer, 140-mph speedometer, nonfunctional hood scoops, and dealing with package deal.

Robertson says the Javelin “dealt with nicely and went down the highway straight as an arrow at 65 to 70 mph.” The automobile didn’t have the non-obligatory energy steering, however the handbook steering was not dangerous. “That’s a type of automobiles I want I hadn’t bought,” Robertson stated. It’s straightforward to know the remorse of promoting a Mandarin Pink Javelin.

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1969 AMC Javelin SST

1969 AMC Javelin SST

1969 AMC Javelin SST Gallery

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1969 AMC Javelin SST

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