Pick of the Day: 1969 Rambler American, appealingly clean and simple

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

There are two kinds of car collectors: those who dig old Ramblers and those who don’t, with the higher percentage falling in the latter camp (not including such performance outliers as Rambler Rebels, etc.)

I find myself in the former group of enthusiasts, among those who appreciate the offbeat lure of a post-war domestic brand that’s not a member of the Big 3.  The quirky styling of ’50s Ramblers can be unique and appealing, although the brand had gone a bit more mainstream, stylistically, by the late 1960s.

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The Pick of the Day is a 1969 Rambler American 2-door sedan that looks very clean and semi-original.  I say “semi” because the simple three-box shape looks to have been shorn of its factory trim – shaved, as the hot rodders say – which makes it appear stylishly subdued.  Some might disagree, but I think it’s a good-looking little car.

The Orlando dealer advertising the Rambler on ClassicCars.com does not mention any custom bodywork, other than to say it’s had a repaint in its original shade of Memphis Blue, complemented by a blue cloth bench-seat interior.  So it would appear that a previous owner appreciated Ramblers, or at least this particular compact car. 

The advertiser, by the way, just calls it an AMC Rambler in the listing without noting the American nameplate.  Could be because that no longer appears anywhere on the car.  Although, the dealer does appear to understand the Rambler appeal.

“Long has there been a cult following for brand names of vehicles, but none have been quite as unique as the AMC community,” the seller says in the ad. “Competing with big names like the Chevy II and Ford Falcon, the Rambler had a reputation of being the hip alternative to mainstream offerings.”

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The Rambler is powered by its correct 199cid OHV inline-6 linked with a 3-speed column-shifted manual transmission.  That’s not a powerhouse by any stretch but most-certainly adequate power for stressless highway cruising.

The dealer says the car is mechanically up to date and ready to go.

“Recent work done to this vehicle include new fuel lines/filters, new crank seal and timing cover gasket, new tires, entire brake system, restored gauge cluster, new water pump, installed electric fan, remanufactured carb and much more,” the ad says.

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The asking price for what the seller calls “this wonderfully unassuming 1969 AMC Rambler” is $12,000.

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