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AJ's Car of the Day '70 AMC Javelin SST
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Car: AMC Javelin SST

Year: 1970

What makes it special: AMC 's Javelin was a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, two-door hardtop manufactured and marketed by AMC across two generations, 1968–70 and 1971–74. Styled by Dick Teague, the Javelin was available in a range of trim and engine levels, from economical pony car to muscle car variants. The 1970 Javelins featured a new front-end design with a wide "twin-venturi" front grille incorporating the headlamps and a longer hood. It also had a new rear end with full-width tailights and a single center-mounted backup light. This was a one-year-only design. The exterior rear view mirror featured a new "aero" design and in some cases matched the car's body color. The three "Big Bad" exterior paints continued to be optional on the 1970 Javelins, but they now came with regular chrome bumpers. The 1970 AMC Javelins also introduced Corning's new safety glass, which was thinner and lighter than standard laminated windshields. This special glass featured a chemically hardened outer layer.

What made it famous: The engine lineup for 1970 was changed with the introduction of two new V8 engines: a base 304 cu in and an optional 360 cu in to replace the 290 and the 343 versions. The top optional 390 cu in continued, but it was upgraded with new cylinder heads featuring 51 cc combustion chambers, increasing power to 325 hp. The code remained "X" for the engine on the vehicle identification number. Also new was the “power blister” hood, featuring two large openings as part of a functional cold ram-air induction system and included with the "Go Package" option. Many buyers selected the "Go Package", available with the 360 and 390 4-barrel V8 engines. This package included front disc brakes, a dual exhaust system, heavy-duty suspension with anti-sway bar, improved cooling, 3.54 rear axle ratio, and wide Goodyear white-lettered performance tires on styled road wheels.

Why I would want one: The Javelin was really a far cry from other AMC offerings, with both looks and available performance options. It wasn't around very long compared to other models, but made an impression in the years it was.

Fun fact: The second-generation AMX variant was the first pony car to be used as a standard vehicle for highway police car duties by an American law enforcement agency. 

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