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Wikipedia: Rambler American

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1964, 1965, 1966

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1960
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An economy car produced by Rambler from 1958 to 1969.


History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Rambler American page on 5 January 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Rambler American is an automobile manufactured by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) between 1958 and 1969. The American was the second incarnation of AMC's forerunner Nash Motors second-generation Rambler compact that was sold under the Nash and Hudson Motors marques from 1954 and 1955.

The American can be classified in three distinct model year generations: 1958 to 1960, 1961 to 1963, and 1964 to 1969. During the entire length of its production, the car was sold under the Rambler brand name, and was the last Rambler named automobile marketed in the Canadian and United States markets.

The compact Rambler American was most often the lowest priced car built in the U.S. It was popular for its economy in ownership, as was proven by numerous Mobilgas Economy Run championships. After an optional second-generation AMC V8 engine was added in 1966, it also became known as a powerful compact performance model that also included the 390 cu in (6.4 L) version built in conjunction with Hurst, the 1969 SC/Rambler.

A special youth-oriented concept car, the 1964 Rambler Tarpon, was built on an Rambler American platform that foretold the fastback design of the 1965 Rambler Marlin, as well as future trends in sporty-type pony cars, including the 1968 AMC Javelin.

The compact Rambler Americans were exported from the U.S. and Canada, as well as produced in other markets by AMC subsidiaries or assembled under license. It was manufactured in Australia, Iran, Mexico, and in Argentina, an offspring of the third generation American restyled by Pininfarina, the IKA Torino, later Renault Torino, was developed and made between 1966 and 1982. In Iran it was assembled from completely knocked down (CKD) kits and the models were named Aria and Shahin. Rambler Americans were built in South Africa starting in 1961 by Stanley Motors (controlled by the Rootes Group) and from 1964 by American Motors South Africa (Pty) Ltd.


Images

Custom 1958 Rambler American Custom 1958
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Custom 1958 Rambler American Custom 1958
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Custom 1958 Rambler American Custom 1958
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1959 Rambler American 1959
Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz
AMCRC show in Somerset, New Jersey
2003
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1960 Rambler American 1960
Photo ©2006 Bill Crittenden
Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1960 Rambler American 1960
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1962 Rambler American 1962
Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz
AMCRC show in Somerset, New Jersey
2003
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Modified Rambler American 400 Modified 400
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Modified Rambler American 400 Modified 400
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Modified Rambler American 400 Modified 400
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Modified Rambler American 400 Modified 400
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Hurricane Camille Damage - Rambler American in front of Texaco Rambler American in front of Texaco
The aftermath of Hurricane Camille
Image ID: wea00593, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) Collection
Location: Mississippi, Biloxi
Photo Date: 1969, August 17
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Rambler American 220 220
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1968 Rambler American 1968
Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz
AMCRC show in Gaithersburg, Maryland
June 30, 2006
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1968 Rambler American 199 Engine 1968 with 199 cu. in. I6 engine
Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz
AMCRC show in Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Rambler American Drag Racing Car From the private museum of Greg & Kathy Mosley
Photo courtesy
The John Walczak Collection

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New Rambler American Concept New Rambler American Concept
Drawing by Bill Crittenden
As described in the article, Dream Cars: New Rambler American
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1960 Options

Note:  This is not a complete list.


Flash-O-Matic Transmission - $178.50
White Wall 6.40x15 Tires - $44.45
Weather Eye - $72
Continental Tire Carrier - $59.50
Two Tone Paint - $15.95
Back-Up Lights - $10.65
Electric Clock - $15.25
OSRV Mirrors - $7.90
Pushbutton Radio - $63.65
Vent Shades - $9.75
Spinner Wheel Covers - $39.95


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
11 November 1961New Stick Is E for EasyPittsburgh Post-Gazette
13 August 2009Dream Cars: New Rambler AmericanBill Crittenden


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - AMT 30091Ram BlurSnapFast Slammers, 1:25 scale Rambler American drag racing car
Model Kit - Jo-Han S-1004Pro Street Rambler1966/1967


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