This is Independents' Week, a recurring feature here on California Streets around the 4th of July, celebrating cars from independent American manufacturers. That means no Big Three cars from Ford, General Motors or Chrysler. This is a 1973 (or possibly '74) AMC Javelin.
One of my friends who lives in Oakland is nuts for Korean barbecue, and late one night we were returning from the restaurant when I spotted a black late-model AMC Javelin parked on the Broadway Auto Row. As the former owner of the 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V I featured last year, he is familiar with my blogging and is often happy to stop and let me photograph cars. But I wasn't about to hop out of the car with a DSLR in Oakland in the middle of the night. I let the Javelin go.
Well then, some months later we were returning from Emeryville and the Javelin turned up again. My photo shoot was abbreviated after my friend told me the car parked in front of the Jav was full of young men smoking pot with the windows closed. Apparently my leaning over their trunk to take a front-end shot was making them nervous.