HARD-TO-FIND JAVELIN SST, 304 V8, AUTO, DUALS, PWR STEERING, FACTORY A/C, MAGS!
Nobody has been able to explain why the very rare and unique AMC Javelin has not kept pace with its Big Three counterparts. This cool 1972 AMC Javelin SST is an off-brand pony car that offers a lot of performance and originality for the guy who dares to be different.
A little late to the pony car game, AMC finally jumped in with the Javelin, which offered their unique take on the long nose/short deck look with 2+2 seating. Thanks to a repaint a few years ago, it looks suitably sporty in bright red paint with black stripes, and certainly fits the bill if you want sporty performance. No, it's not perfect, but with a deep cleaning and a fresh coat of wax, we bet you'll get more than your share of complements on this out-of-the-ordinary car. The color is high-visibility and with a chin spoiler, bulging fenders, and a ducktail on the back, it won't be mistaken for anything else. It does not appear to have ever been in an accident and the smooth flanks remain in very good condition. I've always found the Javelin's front end to be particularly attractive, aggressive without resorting to scoops gimmicks, and this one includes nice chrome, proper badging, and the full-width taillight out back, all details that make these cars stand out in a crowd.
The stylish and funky interior is largely original and has a very 1970s look that will appeal to some guys who love that period. Modern bucket seats are the most notable upgrade, a pair of supportive chairs that look ready for the track (the original buckets are available). The black carpets are surprisingly nice and with a center console with armrest, it's easy to get comfortable behind the wheel of this Javelin. The fat three-spoke steering wheel recalls performance cars of the past and the car uses a racy-looking instrument panel with its gauges deeply recessed in round pods to cover the engine's vitals. That's a 3-speed automatic shifter sticking out of the console, and GM probably wasn't too happy about that particular design, and it includes options like factory A/C (needs to be serviced) and an AM radio, which is probably due for an upgrade. The back seat is shockingly nice and doesn't look to have aged a bit and the reasonably spacious trunk is outfitted with a space-saver spare tire.
The 304 cubic inch V8 is surprisingly potent, and the cool thing here is rarity: when was the last time you saw one of these hammering down the track? It's a robust engine that makes good torque and does it with a smoothness that makes the car feel effortless. Thanks to an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and intake manifold, it's a bit stronger than stock and chrome valve covers and a Summit air cleaner dress things up a big. Coupled to the 3-speed automatic gearbox, performance is more than adequate and it turns out that it's a lot of fun to drive. Stock exhaust manifolds feed a great-sounding dual exhaust system that looks to be fairly recent. The engine bay shows signs of conscientious maintenance, while the chassis looks largely original save for routine replacement pieces. Handsome Magnum 500 wheels are a great choice and wear recent 225/70/14 BFGoodrich T/A radials at all four corners.
A great way to break into the hobby in a car that isn't a garden-variety Nova or Maverick, and the opportunity to take it up a notch to really impress the crowds. Call now!
- Power Steering
- Vinyl Interior
- Air Conditioning
- AM Radio
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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