Tim S 1970 American Motors Javelin SST Mark Donohue 2dr Fastback

Kenosha Krazy!

My infatuation with the Javelin started back in the summer of '67. I had just gotten out of the Navy, time to hunt for a car. A close friend was heavily into Camaros and had me leaning in that direction...until I saw the introduction of the 1968 Javelin. I was impressed with the sleek lines and list of options. Also liked the idea of having something different from everyone else. I special ordered an SST. Got the 290 engine with the four-barrel, added 4 spd., positraction, & dual exhaust. The fact that it was AMC and very little was known about it added to the intrigue as to how "bad" this stranger was. Well, we all know it wasn't going to be a threat to the big boys, but I sure had fun with the 289 Fords & 283 Chevys! I 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, I found one in Michigan and purchased it in June 2011. It has the high-compression 360, headers and MSD ignition but is basically stock. I've had everything under the hood either rebuilt or replaced, as well as the transmission & added an Edelbrock 650 cfm carb. Now working on some cosmetic issues, although the car is basically in real good condition. If I thought my first Javeliin in 1968 drew attention, this one is ridiculous. Over time, I've had 2 Corvettes and never got his kind of reaction. People follow me just to ask about it, jump out at stop lights and take pictures with their phones, etc. Borderline embarrassing, but fun. I guess the best part, and the reason so many of us enjoy these old muscle cars, is the memories that go along with them.....priceless!

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    Tim S. MI December 2, 2015 at 15:17
    I'm Tim S. also. Worked for AMC at the Detroit area Headquarters. I now own a 1974 Javelin.
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    RomCat57 Milwaukee December 10, 2015 at 19:31
    My Dad worked ar AMC 33 years In 68 with the intro of the AMX, he brought home two AMX model cars My brothers was kept the stock red, while mine was painted a leaf green Both had the rally stripes down the hood, roof,and trunck lid. What great memories o f those days! Them Pops actually bought one- a 72 Javelin AMX.My brother had just gotten his dl and did the fire works begin

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