1970 AMC Javelin Trans-Am
1970 AMC Javelin Trans-AmSource: socalsoda
Rancho Cucamonga, California, U.S.A.
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Posted: 29 Dec 2010
Extremely rare, 1 of only 100 Trans-Am Edition Javelins built by American Motors. Located in Southern California, this extremely solid car underwent a full nut & bolt restoration by the previous owner a few years ago and is still in great shape. Always garaged, this car has only seen limited miles to the occasional local car show. As mentioned these limited production cars are extremely rare. Only 30 cars are listed in the current T/A Javelin Registry, three of those are rumored to have been destroyed. This may be a once in a lifetime chance for someone to own such a historic AMC car.
Built by AMC for dealer bragging rights, these cars were meant to challenge the image of the other Trans-Am specials (Boss Mustang, Z28 Camaro, AAR Cuda & T/A Challenger, Couger Eliminator). When everyone started bringing out SCCA Trans-Am homologation cars, AMC followed by issuing a press release that it would build just 100 limited edition cars and no more. Unlike the S/S AMX, The Trans-Am Javelins have factory OEM quality paint finishes and body fitment. All work was kept in-house and done to factory standards. All cars came originally with the largest 390 motor, Hurst Competition shifters attached to the heavy-duty Borg-Warner T-10 4 speed. They also included The Go-Package with heavy-duty suspension and standard large power disc brakes, larger standard PolyGlas tires, upgraded 3.91 locking rear end and a standard functional Ram-Air hood with cold-air air-cleaner. No factory options could be ordered. AMC pulled each car from the assembly line part way through production and painted them in Red, White & Blue. Then they put them back on the assembly line and finished production. Custom SCCA homologated front air dam and a custom homologated adjustable Ronnie Kaplan rear spoiler were installed.
This car has always been a Red, White & Blue painted car. It was never painted a solid color like many TA cars. When it was restored the original paint lines were duplicated, just where AMC put them. The underside, door jams and engine compartment are exceptionally clean. This car was taken down to bare metal before being repainted. The rear Kaplan spoiler is the original factory fiberglass unit. The paint on the fiberglass has some crazing on it. The Engine is a 401 cubic inch, but as you know AMC cars cannot be "numbers matching", so a 390 can be dropped in and be "correct" since AMC didn't serialize motors like most others. This motor runs extremely strong and the car is very, very fast. The stock Hurst Super Competition shifter is still in the car, but is difficult to get into reverse sometimes. All other gears shift just as they should. The power brakes work very well and stop as they should. The Power steering works great and makes turns smooth and easy.
The interior is in great shape. The front and rear vinyl seats look brand new, although the middle inserts are an incorrect black material instead of black vinyl. The headliner and door panels are in excellent shape. All interior panels look really good. The carpeting is in great shape. The aluminum dash panel is a wavy but new ones are reproduced. Original factory "Rimblo" steering wheel was freshly restored by "Rimblo Buddy". Glass is all in great shape, although the passenger side is a little loose. Stainless is all in really good shape. The driver side sun visor has been hand signed by Ronnie Kaplan, the leader of the AMC racing team for '68/'69, as well as the man who personally designed the front and rear spoilers on these T/A cars (and was also responsible for the development of the AMC CrossRam manifolds)
During the restoration when the car was taken down to bare metal and re-painted... all the suspension was dissassembled, blasted, re-finished & rebuilt before going back on. It hasn't been driven very much so most of it still looks new. You will notice in the photos that I have two different style wheels pictured. I recently put the correct factory Goodyear Polyglas reproduction radials on with the factory correct rear shocks. Previously the car had traction bars & Eagles, but I have removed those to make the wheels & tires factory correct. I literally have about a mile and a half on the new tires. I will install either set on the car for you, but I would suggest the Polyglass, since they are correct and the most expensive.
This car runs and drives great. As I mentioned it is a VERY fast car. It's definitely a fun car to drive. There is always TONS of power on tap.
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From WikipediaThe AMC Javelin is a pony car that was built by the American Motors Corporation between 1967 and 1974 in two generations, model years 1968-1970 (with a separate design in 1970) and 1971-1974. The sporty Javelins came only as two-door hardtop body style, and were available in economical versions or as high-performance muscle cars. The Javelins competed successfully in Trans-Am racing and won the series with AMC sponsorship in 1971, 1972, 1973 and independently in 1975.
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