|1971 Penske-Donohue Sunoco Javelin
The SCCA Trans Am series that ran from 1966 to 1972 always held a special place for me, as it did for many. Whether you were a Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, or American
Motors fan, the Trans Am series was the pinnacle of road racing. Since we have always been fans of AMC performance, the Penske-Donohue Javelins hold a very
desirable place in my "someday" list of things to do. In the back of my mind for many years, I have had the idea that I would eventually get around to building a clone
of the real car. Of course I built the Silver Bullet which is Trans Am inspired, but it's a pro-touring car, not a clone of the real Trans Am Javelin. I have seen quite a few
people through the years paint Javelins AMC's corporate colors of blue, white, and red and put the number 6 on the doors, but none really captured the essence of the
However, about 4-5 years ago, a fellow in Georgia began building a 1971 Javelin as true to the real car as could reasonably be possible. Steve Stull began posting the
build on the Internet which I watched with great interest. His attention to detail was fabulous. He re-created parts for the car in such a way as to achieve the spirit of
the real car. A few years ago, I had an office in Atlanta, GA, and while spending quite a bit of time in the area, I looked up Steve and was able to see the progress of
the car in person. I was very impressed with Steve, and the car, although I never dreamed that the car would end up with us in Colorado. As circumstances turned out,
Steve wanted to sell the car, and I was able to acquire the #6 Javelin. For this I am very appreciative to Steve for allowing me to be the new owner of his creation.
While it is NOT the real car, it is as close as I will ever get to owning the real thing since the authentic 1971 Sunoco Javelin recently sold at auction for $847,000.
So, I'm posting a few pictures of the car, before we received it, when it was delivered, and a few more in the shop. At this point, I'm gathering my thoughts related to
what I'm going to do to it from here. Perhaps just a few small things to make the engine bay a little closer to the real #6....
Stay tuned for updates over the winter! Thank you Steve!! I WILL take care of your baby.
This is the REAL Penske-Donohue Sunoco Javelin that won the 1971 Trans Am
Championship for American Motors in 1971. Driven by Mark Donohue.
This is the replica Penske-Donohue Sunoco Javelin
Wheel wells radiused for larger tires like the real car.
A few pictures of the car being unloaded from the transport truck
A couple pictures of the car being built.
The Bullet and the Trans Am Javelin nose-to-nose...