Matt Z found this Javelin resting under an quickly growing blanket of autumn leaves. Before long, it’ll be a blanket of snow, unless someone buys it and gives it a warm and cozy home in a heated garage.
Love this shot of the rear. What a great combinations of colors.
These have become so rare. It would be nice to know that someone will have pity on it and bring it home. Honey, guess what I found out in the woods today…
That Javelin reminds me of an other one I saw at the end of this old Esso commercial.
Unsaid but implied: “If it can make a Mopar or an AMC run right, think what it can do tor the rest of you!” 🙂
Notice how they were careful not to use a Ford or GM product. Using one of those guy’s cars might have resulted in some legal action.
They did showed a GM product on this one aired in 1971, but a used Pontiac.
a Ford in this one.
And a GM in this one.
It looks like somebody put some work into it and then gave up. I wonder if it runs. The missing fuel cap is a bad sign. I hope it gets back on the road.
There is a real nice yellow one that I go by every once in a while and have been wanting to shoot. Perhaps this will inspire me.
Everything looks better in photos, but this looks like a really, really bad paint job. But I agree, it would be nice for someone to bring this into a loving garage.
“……..but this looks like a really, really bad paint job.”
But at least it’s all one color.
Looks particularly similar to the Tremclad/Rustoleum blue….
The rear pic gave me an idea for a “CC Clue”.
Can you identify a tire brand/model based on the tread?
I did this as a kid. (I was a weird kid) I could tell an Eagle GT from an XP2000 from a Radial T/A.
The paint job reminds me of a situation I often have when rebuilding an old Matchbox (etc.) car.
A brightly colored body can make the rest look worse by contrast. IMO, if you’re leaving the mirrors, wheels, and trim alone use a darker color or embrace the OG patina.
Don’t make apologies for an interest in something very specific. I’m with you. I could Easily pick out a Michelin XZX in a lineup as well as certain semperits!
This was the “grandma’s purse” colour of Javelins. If there are colours that compliment the lines of a car then this certainly does the opposite. Even the tan colour on these cars worked better for me than this. A neighbour of mine had a bright orange example of this car. It looked great and ran well with its stock 290 V8 4 speed combo.
I can easily see the paint job being the very reason this is up for sale. Someone thought the color would be great but after the application, decided it wasn’t so hot and is hoping to find someone who doesn’t think it’s so bad. That, or the body is filled with bondo and he’s trying to unload it fast before it starts showing.
Either way, it doesn’t look good. Just the fact that the guy was too lazy to put both headlights back in with just the one to make it driveable at night speaks volumes.
You must remove the headlights. How else could you paint the headlight pans? Probably just waiting for those pans to dry thoroughly before reinstalling some very nice junkyard sealed beams that are an appropriate match for the quality of the paint job.
It’s “$3,850 must sell, moving! Runs and moves.” Yes, it has a horrible paint job and the interior looks somewhat rough. The seats were filled with parts including the air cleaner and some miscellaneous engine parts. I couldn’t get any interior shots unfortunately.
Wonder whats under the paint, body filler isnt a structural replacement despite its continued use as such, this car may not make it past our border to the road I’ll pass.
Certainly has lots of extra shapes under that paint.. even that colour won’t hid.
What is that blue… a ford colour?
Back in the early seventies, Ford, Chrysler, and AMC had some wild colors. Chrysler’s were known as ‘High Impact’, Ford had ‘Grabber’ colors, and AMC’s loud colors were called ‘Big Bad’.
Unfortunately, this shade doesn’t seem to be what AMC called ‘Big Bad Blue’, nor does it appear to be Ford’s Grabber Blue, either. Frankly, I have no idea where it originated (and it certainly doesn’t look particularly good, either).
Definitely not either of those.
We need a ‘paint Daniel’ who can ID it for us! 🙂
House paint? At least it looks sprayed on. I’ve seen cars that looked like they were painted with a broom.
I think it’s plastidip blaze blue
The closest might be what is sometimes known as ‘French Racing Blue’.
I didn’t notice it before, but that last profile shot sure looks like the sides are bondo hell.
When I zoom in on my original, the finish along the bottom of the car looks a little suspect; the lower front fender and door especially.
This is a great photograph .
However, to me leaves equal RUSTY JUNK so I hope somone buys it soon and saves it.
Buy it for $1500, shoot three coats of clear over the blue, put the lights and other parts back on, list it on BAT and probably get $15 K for it. It’s done all the time.
Where is it?
Rattle can paint job? Looks to be worth saving though. Project could be a driver, race car, full restoration with a fair amount of work. A rolled pan could easily be fabricated to replace the rear bumper or a Hornet bumper maybe could be adapted.
Rattle can sounds about right. It would sure explain a color that can’t be identified as OEM by any manufacturer.
As to restoration, maybe if it was an early AMX. But a run of the mill Javelin? Way too hard for a car that looks to be way too far gone. For starters, I can’t imagine how much all-new sheetmetal (if it’s even available) would cost.
Bummer. I love Javelins, but this just looks sketchy.
There’s nothing wrong with a car that is in this condition. It’s not a wreck and if there isn’t any structural rust. If the mechanicals can be brought up to snuff without too much expense and effort then it would make a great driver. I would keep it under cover and hopefully under a roof during the winter to prevent as much rain water intrusion as possible. Trying to bring something like this, with a lot of poorly fixed prior body damage and cheap paint, no telling how rough the interior is, up to show standards, would not be a good financial move. Just fix it, use it and preserve it, maybe the next owner might be willing to invest more into it.
Repair, stabilization, and preservation are the main things. I rescued my old Mark VII Jag almost five years ago, and while I haven’t made great strides in the last few years I also haven’t spent a ton of money on it either- yet. Certain critical, unavailable hydraulic parts have recently become available. They are not cheap, but their availability gives me the opportunity to proceed forward with the re commission. I am proceeding very cautiously before committing the funds. If I am successful in getting it back on the road, it’s going to make that Javelin look like a show car! But I will drive it anyway!