It’s the Fourth of July, which means that if you visit some car sites, you’ll probably see at least a couple of cars that have been painted red, white and blue. This 1970 Trans Am Javelin, though, is one of the few American cars that actually left the factory painted in a patriotic livery. Often associated with the 1970 SCCA Trans Am championship team of Roger Penske and Mark Donohue, it’s not entirely clear who came up with the red, white and blue. Some sources attribute the paint schemeto racer Ronnie Kaplan, who campaigned the works Javelins in Trans Am in 1968-69. Kaplan also engineered the adjustable rear spoiler that was fitted to the 100 TA Javelins that were offered for retail sale for homologation purposes. At about the same time, though, Craig Breedlove was setting speed records in two red, white and blue AMXs, though the red and blue were different shades than used on the Trans Am. Breedlove is reported to have taken one of his AMX speed cars to over 200 mph in an unofficial run on the Bonneville salt flats. With only 100 made, this means that this was always a very rare car but according to the Trans Am Javelin registry, fewer than 50 still exist. Even rarer, it’s never been raced or modified. Just about everything on this car is original, including the paint.
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