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Extra Parts Included: 1972 AMC Javelin SST

I’ve long admired AMC because it was a company that seemed to achieve some great things on a shoestring budget. Admittedly, it produced a few horror stories along the way, but the 1972 Javelin SST wasn’t one of them. The Javelin enjoys a dedicated following in the classic community, and it attracts interest today because it remains affordable. That’s a term that would perfectly describe this car because not only will the buyer receive a rock-solid restoration candidate, but there’s a vast selection of parts included for their outlay of $3,500. The Javelin is listed here on Facebook in Las Vegas, Nevada. I must say a huge thank you to Barn Finder Edward S for spotting this promising project.

When assessing the relative worth of a restoration project, this Javelin ticks some important boxes. First, it has split its life between the dry Arizona and Nevada climates. That has allowed this classic to remain rust-free. It means the new owner can tackle this project without spending eons cutting away rust and welding in solid steel. If the buyer doesn’t possess reasonable welding skills, that could save the need to employ a professional to complete the work. This fact brings us to a second point: not needing a professional will save significantly on the build. That’s worth remembering when we reach the point of contemplating the potential value of this Javelin. Therefore, the panels only require basic massaging and preparation before receiving a fresh coat of Trans-Am Red paint. Some trim pieces show the ravages of time, but the enormous spare parts inventory could mean that replacements are included. One important consideration is the inclusion of a complete set of replacement glass. I can’t see any existing problems, but they make a welcome insurance policy.

Buyers faced a wide selection of engine choices to power their 1972 Javelin, with this car’s original owner opting for the 304ci V8. It sent its 150hp to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission. The combination would have allowed this classic to cover the ¼-mile in 17.4 seconds, which isn’t fast. However, with a 302/auto Mustang Mach 1 taking 17.8 seconds to complete the same journey, the Javelin’s figure was competitive. The seller indicates a previous owner parked the SST in an Arizona barn in 1984, and it only recently emerged from hibernation. The engine bay presentation suggests it may not have fired a shot since that day, so the buyer must brace for some tinkering and tweaking to coax it back to life.

As I survey this scene of devastation and destruction, I realize that I’m looking at the Javelin’s interior. It would be an understatement to say it isn’t pretty, requiring plenty of TLC to return to its former glory. The photos indicate that there are many additional interior components, so it may be complete. It will require a retrim, and as with many classics from this era, that will leave no change from $2,000. That is a significant investment, but with what we’ve seen, it could be the most expensive part of this restoration. It is unclear what optional extras the original owner selected, but I’m unsurprised that they chose air conditioning.

Some project cars represent an enormous undertaking, with some tasks proving beyond the abilities of the average enthusiast in a home workshop. Those cars require careful evaluation to confirm the capital outlay is justified because specialist attention is rarely cheap. Returning this 1972 Javelin SST to its former glory will take work, but the lack of rust repairs means a competent owner could tackle most of it themselves. Reducing labor costs is the best way to keep a project within budget, and it would seem possible with this classic. Recent sales results suggest that even in a pristine state, it is unlikely to command a value above around $17,000. However, values have risen consistently over the past five years. Therefore, if the restoration goes slightly over, there’s a chance to recoup that loss if the new owner retains the car for a few years. That makes it worth a closer look.


  1. Avatar photo PaulG

    Third time a charm?
    Featured here March 11 & September 29 by Russ.
    Still the same car and dreadful pictures.
    Better yet, three strikes and I like these cars having owned a 74 Javelin-AMX 4 speed

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    • Avatar photo PRA4SNW

      I knew that I had a feeling of DejaVu when looking at this one.

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  2. Avatar photo Rex Kahrs Member

    Judging from the stewardship of the guy’s property, you can bet the car isn’t any better.

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    • Avatar photo bobhess Member

      Agree. I wouldn’t buy a Javelin anyway but wouldn’t buy anything from this seller.

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  3. Avatar photo Rex Kahrs Member

    Judging from the stewardship of the guy’s property, you can bet the car isn’t any better.

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  4. Avatar photo Harvey Member

    You can say that again.

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  5. Avatar photo FrankD Member

    Give it to Gullwing Motors in NY. He’ll put air the tires and get your price plus.

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  6. Avatar photo Steve

    What a mess…both the car and the garage.

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