Note: The pursuing story was excerpted from the February 2019 issue of Collectible Vehicle magazine
After the successful Romney yrs, American Motors Corporation stumbled in the mid Sixties. A single misstep was the Marlin. It commenced as the very well-been given Tarpon demonstrate car based mostly on the compact American chassis. Experienced AMC stayed with the first notion, it would have experienced a sporty compact to compete with the Ford Mustang in 1965. As an alternative, Marlin was stretched to healthy on the midsize Vintage chassis and revenue were minuscule.
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By 1967 AMC was teetering on personal bankruptcy. That calendar year introduced dynamic new management with William V. Luneburg as president and Roy D. Chapin as chairman of the board.
A Marlin replacement was presently in the works—the Javelin, which designed its debut for 1968. Set on a 109-inch wheelbase, it was in the “ponycar” class, although with a minor more interior space. Prices tended to undercut the level of competition, and the semifastback styling drew praise. Engines ranged from an 145-horsepower 6 to a 280-horse, 343-cubic inch V8. A 390-inch V8 that designed 315 horsepower turned optional midyear.
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Javelins arrived in foundation and tonier SST variations. (The improvement of supersonic transport [SST] planes was in the news and AMC assumed the initials would increase glamour to its top trim lines.) The SST integrated reclining front seats—unusual in American autos at the time—a activity steering wheel, woodgrain inside trim, and wide rally stripes. Reviewers had superior points to say about Javelin’s performance and handling. The automobile went racing and competed towards other ponycars in the Sporting activities Car Club of America’s Trans-Am collection. AMC hoped to market 35,000 to 40,000 models, but as an alternative moved 56,462 Javelins for the ’68 model 12 months. Not only did the automobile offer very well, but it introduced young shoppers into AMC showrooms. AMC was on a roll and turned a income.
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Javelin had few alterations for its next yr. Our showcased car is a 1969 SST with the 390 V-8 and a four-speed handbook gearbox. It is at the moment owned by Bruce Ulmer of Churchville, New York, but when photographed was owned by John Robertson of Bloomington, Illinois. Robertson bought the Javelin in 2006. It was rust-absolutely free, but the elements had taken their toll on the paint and vinyl major. However the dashboard and patterned-vinyl seats had been in “like-new” problem. The Javelin’s to start with operator, in line with AMC’s then-new efficiency image, modified the auto and went drag racing. The motor experienced a general performance camshaft, manifold, and exhaust headers, and the rear fenders had been flared to accommodate even larger tires. Robertson experienced the motor vehicle returned to stock requirements. His most significant obstacle was getting suitable parts—which is significantly a lot more tough for AMC cars than Massive 3 makes. Robertson did the “grunt work” of sprucing the stainless steel trim to showroom appearance. Among the the selections on this auto are a tachometer, 140-mph speedometer, nonfunctional hood scoops, and dealing with bundle.
Robertson states the Javelin “handled perfectly and went down the road straight as an arrow at 65 to 70 mph.” The automobile didn’t have the optional power steering, but the manual steering was not negative. “That is one particular of all those cars and trucks I would like I hadn’t bought,” Robertson said. It’s effortless to fully grasp the regret of offering a Mandarin Pink Javelin.
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1969 AMC Javelin SST Gallery
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1969 AMC Javelin SST