1968 AMC JAVELIN BACKGROUND
1968 was the first year for two generations of AMC Javelins. The 1st-gen ran from 1968 through 1970, and the 2nd from 1971 through 1974. The radical love-it-or-hate-it look was styled by Dick Teague and was AMC’s answer to the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro, or rather the lower-priced alternative. Like Ford and Chevy, AMC loaded up the options list with amenities, trim packages, performance upgrades, engines and trannies. A car for every budget and every taste, almost.
1968 AMC Javelin INTERIOR
1968 AMC JAVELIN INTERIOR SAFETY FEATURES
All Javelins came with fully carpeted interiors and thin-shell bucket seats with front-seat headrests and 3-point seat belts. To comply with new safety mandates, AMC pioneered several “firsts” including the first use of fiberglass crash padding, the first flush-mounted paddle-style door handles, and the nixing of any brightwork inside that might cause a glare.
1968 AMC JAVELIN – BIGGER IS BETTER, RIGHT?
The Javelin was designed to be slightly bigger by every dimension than the competition (Mustang and Camaro), but particularly bigger inside, where you live. And the Javelin offered not only more passenger room, but also more luggage capacity, with a 10.2 cubic foot trunk.
The SST Package was actually a sub-model, broken out from non-SSTs. It included a more luxurious interior, with imitation woodgrain trim (pictured here), and reclining front seat backs, among other things.