1968 AMC Javelin

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.

SST PACKAGE
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.

1968 AMC Javelin ENGINES


1968 AMC Javelin SPECIFICATIONS

Body style

Body style #

Production

Price when new

Shipping Weight

Wheelbase

Length

Width

Height

Track, front

Track, rear

Tire size

Brakes, front

Brakes, rear

ENGINE OPTIONS       

232ci OHV I-6 w/1X1bbl

290ci OHV V8 w/1X4bbl

343ci OHV V8 w/1X4bbl

390ci OHV V8 w/1X4bbl

TRANSMISSIONS         

Manual

Auto

Final drive ratio

Fastback Coupe

6879-5

29,097

$2,482

2,826 lbs / 1,394 kg

109.0 in / 2,769 mm

189.22 in / 4,806 mm

71.9 in / 1,826 mm

51.8 in / 1,316 mm

57.92 in / 1,471 mm

57.0 in / 1,448 mm

6.95" X 14"

 (disk brakes optional) 9" / 228 mm drum

9" / 228mm drum


145hp

225hp / 300 lb/ft

290hp / 365 lb/ft

315hp / 425 lb/ft


4-speed, floor-shift

"Shift Command" 3-speed auto

3.54:1

SST Fastback Coupe

6879-7

26,027

$2,587

2,836 lbs / 1,399 kg

109.0 in / 2,769 mm

189.22 in / 4,806 mm

71.9 in / 1,826 mm

51.8 in / 1,316 mm

57.92 in / 1,471 mm

57.0 in / 1,448 mm

6.95" X 14"

  9" / 228 mm drum

9" / 228mm drum


145hp

225hp / 300 lb/ft

290hp / 365 lb/ft

315hp / 425 lb/ft


4-speed, floor-shift

"Shift Command" 

3.54:1


Check out these AMC BOOKS

AMX & JAVELN MUSCLE PORTFOLIO 1968-1974


JAVELIN PHOTO ARCHIVE: FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY


AMC MUSCLE CARS


AMERICAN MOTORS CORP: RISE & FALL OF AMERICA’S LAST INDEPENDENT


CARS OF AMERICAN MOTORS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY


HISTORY OF AMC MOTORSPORTS



AMC RAMBLER LIMITED EDITION EXTRA 1956-1969


AMC JAVELIN & AMX MUSCLE CAR RESTORATION 1968-1974


THE METROPOLITAN STORY


AMC CARS: 1954-1987, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY


ILLUSTRATED AMC BUYERS GUIDE


AMERICAN MOTORS: THE LAST INDEPENDENT


1973 AMC FACTORY SHOP MANUAL REPRINT


1966-72 AMC HI-PERFORMANCE MODS MANUAL





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