The AMC Javelin does not get the identical volume of consideration as its pony automobile contemporaries, but this 1970 AMC Javelin Mark Donohue Edition lately featured on Jay Leno’s Garage demonstrates why it must.

The Javelin was AMC’s rival to the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge Challenger/Plymouth Barracuda, and these vehicles did not just compete for product sales. They also raced in the SCCA Trans Am series, and did it effectively. In this episode, Mark Fletcher, co-writer of the guide “1970 Optimum Muscle: The Pinnacle of Muscle Automobile Energy,” demonstrates off his unrestored illustration with 46,000 miles on the odometer.

AMC entered the fray in 1968, very first with Kaplan Engineering. Roger Penske took above the plan for the 1970 season, with Mark Donohue driving. Donohue was currently a massive title, obtaining won rookie of the yr at the 1969 Indianapolis 500 and reaching significant good results in the two sports activities automobile racing and Penske’s prior Camaro Trans Am plan.

1970 AMC Javelin Mark Donohue Edition on Jay Leno's Garage

1970 AMC Javelin Mark Donohue Edition on Jay Leno’s Garage

AMC made a decision to capitalize on Donohue’s star energy with a unique edition Javelin. Based mostly on the Javelin SST, it featured a rear spoiler created by Donohue for use on the race vehicles. AMC constructed two,501 Donohue Editions to meet homologation specifications for that element, in accordance to Fletcher. Below the Ram Air hood sits a 390-cubic-inch V-eight, couple to a four-velocity guide transmission. When new, it created both 325 or 340 hp. A 245-hp 360-cubic-inch V-eight and three-velocity automated had been also offered.

Leno spotted this Javelin outdoors Autobooks-Aerobooks, the bookstore in Burbank, California, that specializes in automotive subjects. As he usually does, Leno tracked down the proprietor Fletcher, and asked him to seem on the demonstrate.

Observe the complete video to see Leno consider this racing-inspired muscle automobile for a spin. For a a lot more intense consider on the Javelin, examine out the one,a hundred-horsepower Ringbrothers develop featured on a prior episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.