The Javelin – an AMC beauty from the late sixties – is a pony car and one of the best-loved AMC creations. It’s design was similar to the Ford Mustang with a long nose and blunt rear, but fans of the Javelin say its sleeker and smoother than the Mustang.
Released in 1968 the first generation Javelin was a two-door hardtop with either a 290 cu in (4.8 L) V8 or 232 cu in (3.8 L) straight-6 engine. But there were plenty of options for sports car buffs including a variety of engine options available as part of the optional “Go Package” – one option in the Go Package was an AMX 390 cu in (6.4 L) that could take the Javelin from 0 – 60 in about seven seconds.
The Javelin was sporty, fun, and designed for a young audience. The average age of the first buyers of the Javelin was 29 – a solid ten years younger than the usual drivers of the AMC brand. AMC hoped the Javelin would give their brand a new look and made a racer of that car.
The Javelin first appeared in the Trans-Am Racing series at the 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida in 1968 where one of the Javelins, driven by Skip Scott, finished twelfth overall in a race that began with sixty-eight cars and only thirty-six crossed the finish line.
Today, Javelins are collector cars and the one of most sought-after of the AMC vehicles. Many collect them to race in vintage events while others just like the throwback to their youth. Although the Javelin was only in production from 1968 – 1974, the car left a mark on American automobile history and remains a cult favorite for racers and non-racers alike.