Today is Easter, a holiday associated with a number of various symbols depending on how you observe it. Sometimes I like to tie in the most appropriate car I can find for holiday features, so here is a robin's-egg blue 1969 AMC Javelin SST. It has nothing to do with bunnies, marshmallow Peeps or the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but it is a rare car in a good spring color on a holiday known for seeking out hidden pastel eggs. And if you really, really want to associate a javelin with Easter time, read the Bible verses (specifically John 19:34) about what happened on Good Friday, three days before Easter Sunday. Beyond that, this is a car blog and it's not my place to lecture my readers on religion.
Anyway! We've looked at a '69 Javelin SST once before, and that one was relatively similar to this one - blue with Magnum 500 wheels and a factory 290 V8 engine. Unlike that car, though, this one has a black top and no stripe package. I've seen this particular car a few times, including once in spectator parking at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines show in Half Moon Bay. It has some dents and rust, not show-quality in the traditional sense. My belief is that a show car is any car you take the trouble to bring to and enter into a car show. Some of you are going to cry foul on this as a street sighting because of the 1970 Buick GS 400 next to it, and yes, it was photographed on Nostalgia Day in Livermore, fall 2013. But it was a few blocks from the car show on an open, public street. So there. And fear not, you'll be seeing the Buick sometime as well.
This is a unique alternative to a Mustang or Camaro that you can still have fun with. I can dig it.
California Streets is a blog that celebrates the history of the automobile in California. We feature old, interesting and often rare cars and trucks found parked on public streets and roads around the state of California.
I'm a delivery driver by trade, but I'm also a freelance artist and hobby photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area with a healthy interest in cars. I love finding and documenting fascinating old vehicles wherever I go.