1970 American Motors Javelin

SST Mark Donohue Edition Fastback
Mecum Dallas 2022
Wednesday, 7 September - Saturday, 10 September
Sale Price
8 September 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Enthusiast restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. A0A797P240372. White with black side stripes over black vinyl and dark gray cloth. 390/325hp, column shift automatic, American Racing wheels, BFG Radial T/A tires, Wilwood brakes, woodgrain dash, later radio, dealer-installed air conditioning.

Evaluation: Good older paint. The trim, glass and lights are all original and showing age, and the trim for the hood scoops is loose. Good panel fit. Tidy, restored interior other than an aged steering wheel. Restored underneath. Rare Mark Donahue Edition restored to reasonable standards for an AMC. An eccentric’s muscle car.

Bottom Line: Eccentric cars, however, don’t always have the biggest following, and the number of AMC faithful out there is of course miniscule compared to GM, Ford and Mopar fans. In Indy a few months ago, Mecum offered a big AMC collection that included another ’70 Mark Donohue Javelin in slightly better condition than this one. It sold for $66,000, but did so mostly because it crossed the block in front of AMC freaks on the hunt. This car in Dallas still sold for a reasonable amount given the venue, and for the new owner it’s a lot of muscle for the money.

by Andrew Newton
16 September 2022
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  • Jimmy says:

    These are such unique cars, I like the design, performance is there, I’m surprised they don’t command more respect..

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