The American Motor Company was known for building budget minded cars, even when they built their own version of the Pony car, the Javelin. This 1970 Javelin SST has been parked in this barn since 1980 and has been in the same family since ’78. The family has decided to sell it and have listed it here on eBay. There also happens to be a 1971 Javelin SST barn find eBay, so I thought it might be interesting to compare the two and let you decide which you’d rather have.
The seller of this one claims that it was started regularly until the early ’90s, but hasn’t been driven since it was parked. It appears to be complete, but is going to need some work. The interior looks very solid, but is faded and in need of a cleaning. The pictures aren’t the best, but hopefully this SST is in as good of shape as the seller claims. It has the 360 cui V8, but the seller doesn’t state whether it’s the 245 or 285 horsepower unit.
Now that we’ve had a look at the 1970 SST, let’s take a look at this second generation Javelin SST. For 1971, AMC restyled the Javelin with a more dramatic look. The original owner of this one rarely drove it, but passed it on to their grandson in 1987. Shortly thereafter, the transmission was damaged and the car was parked in this barn.
Unlike the other Javelin, this one has already been pulled from the barn, cleaned, and is running. The transmission has been rebuilt and the rest of the mechanical systems have been gone through and are working as they should. This one is powered by a 210 horsepower 304 cui V8, which is paired to an automatic gearbox.
This interior looks to be usable as is, but the driver’s seat has some tears in it. Overall, it looks solid and could be enjoyed right away. So this leads me to the question of which Javelin you would rather have? The ’70 is still covered in dust and is going to need some work before it will be road worthy. While the ’71 is ready to be driven right now, is it worth not experiencing the rush of unearthing it from the barn? So which one would you go for and why?