Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Trans Am Street: 1970 AMC Javelin SST Mark Donohue Edition

Back in the late 60s/early 1970s, the "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" attitude was clearly seen in the Trans-Am wars, where Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, and Javelins duked it out on the track.  Trans-Am rules required a number of street homologation versions to be sold so that racers didn't just show up with a custom built machines -- so Ford sold Boss 302s, Chevy sold Z/28s, Dodge sold T/As, and AMC sold 2501 examples of the Mark Donohue Javelin SST which added a ducktail trunk spoiler and a few badges. Find this 1970 AMC Javelin SST Mark Donohue Edition offered for $16,000 in New Rochelle, NY via craigslist.  Tip from Jim H.

AMC did not create a unique VIN for the Mark Donohue Javelin, so the special edition is both easy to replicate and difficult to authenticate.  Additional information on the web is even spotty, but you can find an article archived from AMX-perience.com that sheds some light on the street version of Donohue's legendary AMC Javelin racer (more info here).

Under the hood is an AMC 360 V8, built with 401 heads, MSD ignition, Hooker headers -- all of which is mated to a 4-speed manual T-10 transmission.  With a limited slip differential out back this thing should be fun on the street.

The current owner has had the car for the past 15 years and has replaced/restored a lot of parts on it -- but he does admit that the paint has a few chips and a bubble at the fender, but gives it a 9 out of 10. 

See another limited edition offered for a decent price? tips@dailyturismo.com


  1. Wow, that's lovely. And I generally don't even like Javelins. Not worth $16k to me because I prefer my 70's Trans Am cars in the 2L variety but maybe someone else.

  2. This is a really nice car. From the color and condition right through to tasteful mods. and reliability updates.

    Seems a very nice way to get into a very nice pony car without having to tell junior college "ain't" all it is cracked up to be anyway.

  3. I know nothing about Javelins.

    I know I want this.

  4. AMC was so confused in the day! Same year 1970, you had the final real AMX! The 390 2 seater which was too light for the Road Circuit so Donohue created this bigger Javelin version. Donohue also drove the light 302 camero in his stock car / road racing days before moving on to Formula 1 and Indy Racing. The Mark Donohue Javelin version as seen here is very rare. Most are junked, rust buckets or worse. The Company AMC is a big turnoff, yes same Company that made the infamous Rambler. I own The Blue Max 1969 AMX Go-Package 390 out of San Jose.


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