Junkyard Gem: 1962 Rambler Classic 6 Custom 2-Door Sedan

Junkyard Gem: 1962 Rambler Classic 6 Custom 2-Door Sedan

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The American Motors Company, fashioned by the merger of Nash and Hudson in 1954, did very nicely through the late Fifties (regardless of the nasty recession that killed the Edsel) by promoting small, inexpensive automobiles and advertising them intelligently. A pop tune in regards to the Rambler even hit #4 on the charts in 1958. At the moment, Rambler — which started life as a mannequin identify within the Nash lineup — was the one AMC marque in showrooms; by 1960, Rambler gross sales had been second solely to these of Chevrolet and Ford. When it got here time to revise the bigger of the 2 Rambler platforms for the 1961 mannequin 12 months, AMC chairman George Romney — sure, Mitt’s father — decreed that the Rambler Six would turn out to be the Classic. This is a type of early Classics, a well-optioned Custom 2-door Membership Sedan, present in the identical northeastern Colorado automotive graveyard that gave us the 1982 Volvo 244 and 1949 Willys-Overland Jeep Truck Junkyard Gems in latest weeks.

The Classic would go on to win Motor Development’s Automobile of the Yr award for 1963, For 1962, AMC moved almost 300,000 new Classics off the meeting line and onto American roads, almost as many Chevy IIs as GM managed to promote that 12 months and edging ever-closer to the gross sales totals of Ford’s smash-hit Falcon.

As everyone knows, AMCs fortunes regularly declined after the early-to-mid-Sixties interval, with the corporate finally being bailed out by the French authorities (which owned Renault on the time) after which devoured up by Iaococca’s Chrysler with a purpose to glom the Jeep model plus all of the priceless Renault engineering within the Eagle Premier. Let’s not take into consideration the lean many years for AMC proper now, although, not after we’ve acquired this consultant of the corporate’s high-water mark proper right here.

Consider it or not, new automobiles had been nonetheless being offered in america in 1962 with flathead engines, together with the very least expensive Rambler American fashions. Each Rambler Classic ever offered, nonetheless, acquired a contemporary overhead-valve engine, both a straight-six or a V8. This one has the six: a 196-cubic-inch (3.2-liter) plant rated at 127 horsepower. The engine you are taking a look at right here is the direct ancestor of the 4.0-liter engine that went into Jeeps from the late Eighties all over the 2006 Wrangler, to not point out the 232s and 258s that powered tens of millions of AMC merchandise through the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties.

That column shifter appears prefer it controls an computerized, however the three-pedal setup tells us it is a good previous three-on-the-tree handbook. This rig was nonetheless the most typical transmission kind in American automobiles in 1962, however automatics had been gaining floor quick at that time. A Borg-Warner-made Flash-O-Matic three-speed computerized (an in depth relative of the automatics utilized in Volvo Amazons) may very well be had within the ’62 Classic for $186.50 (about $1,815 in 2022 {dollars}).

For the reason that worth of this automotive began at $2,150 ($20,945 right this moment), including almost 9% further for the automated did not make sense to most economy-minded Rambler customers. The very least expensive Rambler Classic that 12 months price a good $2,000, which brings it nicely under 20 grand in 2022 {dollars}. Not a nasty set of wheels for the value!

This one sat outdoor for a few years, and the slabs of dried silt indicated that it acquired fully submerged by a horrible flood in some unspecified time in the future (I am guessing the 2013 floods had been accountable, although it is theoretically attainable that the South Platte River Flood of 1965 drowned this automotive and it took 57 years to get round to hauling it off to a wrecking yard). Even a non-rusty two-door like this would not have been value fixing up after that.

The Classic was changed by the Insurgent in 1967, and the Rambler marque itself was terminated after the 1969 mannequin 12 months (simply in america and Canada, although; Rambler-badged AMCs had been offered new all over the world till the early Eighties).

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