My interest in AMC started back in the summer of 1967. I had just gotten out of the Navy and time to car hunt. Because VietNam was kicking into high gear, a number of my friends were either drafted, enlisted, or still in college. The local drive-in "hang out" wasn't quite as busy but the cars that were there were of the usual fare. Camaros, Mustangs, Pontiacs, Mopars, etc. A close friend was heavily into Camaros and had me leaning in that direction....until I saw the introduction of the '68 Javelin. I was impressed with the sleek lines and list of options...also liked the idea of having something different. Well, I special ordered an SST (may have created the first "Go-Pak" without knowing it). I ordered the 290 ci engine with 4brl. Added 4spd., positraction, dual exhaust. I looked at the AMX but it was more expensive and I wasn't crazy about the chopped off look of the back.
The fact that the Javelin was an AMC product and very little was known about it added to the mystique as to how "bad" this stranger was. Well, we all know it wasn't going to be a threat to the big boys, but sure had fun with the 289 Mustangs & 283 Chevys! Sold it a few years later when I moved from Chicago to California.
That was then and this is now. On my bucket list was my favorite Javelin...the 1970 Mark Donohue edition. After searching for awhile, found one in Michigan and purchased it June 2011. Has high compression 360, MSD ignition & headers but basically stock. Engines been rebuilt (bored .030 over), and added Edelbrock 650 carb. Everything else under the hood is either new or rebuilt. Tranny rebuilt last year. Can now start on few cosmetic issues although the car is basically in good shape.
If I thought my '68 Javelin drew attention, this one is ridiculous. Over time I've had 2 Corvettes and never got this kind of reaction. Had people follow me just to ask about it, jump out at stop lights to take pictures, borderline embarrassing but fun. And of course, the younger crowd have no idea what it is!
I guess the best part, and the reason so many of us enjoy these old muscle cars is the memories...priceless!