1961 rambler american
Let’s keep in mind that these two engines had only aluminum blocks; they both kept the cast iron cylinder heads, unlike the Buick V8, which also had aluminum heads. It came with 5 gallons of oil, which was a necessity as I had to top it up every couple of hundred miles. Ramblers and Studebakers were both decidedly favored among the European ex-pat crowd there. By George Mattar from August 2005 issue of Hemmings Classic Car. He bought for himself a new 1966 Buick Special.  Throughout its production, the four-door sedan and station wagon models were produced, with the sedan being sold as the "Classic" and the station wagon being sold by the name "Cross Country." I think part of the issue was that the aluminum block was die-cast, much like the early Buick/Olds aluminum V-8s of the same time. Although the Amby’s stretch was ahead of the firewall, the longer deck and overhang was probably necessary so that the Ambassador did not look totally unbalanced. As would have been a Packard-Hudson merger, both being in Detroit. Studebaker dealers were very likely to have been selling Mercedes-Benzes prior to Studebaker’s exit from the car business (I phrased it as an “exit” because Studebaker survived as a company into the 2000s). And of course some Volvos too.  The biggest change was AMC's new seven-main-bearing 232 cu in (3.8 L) I6 engine in 145 hp (108 kW; 147 PS) version as standard equipment and a double barrel 155 hp (116 kW; 157 PS) version as optional. When I was a kid, my father’s foster mother had an older brother who owned a string of Nashes and then Ramblers. For 1964, the VAM Rambler Classic incorporating the new styling upgrades from its AMC domestic counterpart models. He knew that the only hope any independent had for long term solvency was to, somehow, get into the big leagues. The second-generation Rambler American was made for model years 1961-1963 and, odd wheelbase aside, they’re my personal favorite generation of Rambler American. No, that’s not a stock air cleaner on that little carb. The Lark looked more modern than the American even though it carried over door sheetmetal. is I see the 63 Valiant’s styling owing alot to these American’s. Of course, the Volvo pulled it off a lot better. It had a much nicer overall packaging, in that it had less angularity sticking out in several directions. ‘My God, Dick,’ ‘it looks like a ruddy ordnance vehicle.’ (In an English accent.) , The 1966 model year Rambler Classics received minor trim changes and additional standard safety features, including padded dash and visors, left outside mirror, as well as seat belts for the front and rear passengers. If we figure that some Custom buyers would have chosen the proven iron engine and some DeLuxe and Super buyers would have opted for the new design, I would expect that 20% figure to be close. It looks like a childs rendition of a Cortina. The Pacer’s rear seat similarly sits between the wheel wells, erasing much of the potential advantage of the wide body. Not all decisions will happen immediately. Uncle Will always drove what must have been a top-of-the-range model as I remember a couple of those cars having continental kit spare tire holders. One has been showing up at the meet here, though it had a for sale sign on it last summer. And of course they were economical to run and big enough for the family to fit. In Europe, Renault built this car in their Haren, Belgium plant and marketed it as a luxury car, filling the gap above the tiny Renault Dauphine.. My uncle had one of these and his interior upholstery was not in this pattern. eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'barnfinds_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_1',134,'0','0'])); That’s one of the most unusual profiles in all of car’dom, at least since the first-generation Rambler American.  The same material was also used for the dresses worn by the models that stood by the cars during auto show days. Maybe they wanted their cars to appear more compact or subdued. I saw a lot of these when I was a kid. 1961 AMC Rambler Convertible Then severe quality control and rust problems tainted Plymouth’s reputation.  Their compact cars (for the era) helped AMC to achieve sales and corporate profit successes. Thankfully, the seller has provided an engine photo. Nash should have taken over Studebaker, to get the V8 and South Bend foundry, machine shop, stamping plant and proving ground. A convertible model was added in 1961 for the first time in seven years. For all of the advantages that the S-P combination had in theory, they turned out to be outweighed in importance by one single factor – sound management.  Many Central and South American nations established local content regulations during the 1960s. It seems that only about three hundred were installed in ’61 Classics (where they were optional in the Super and Custom models). The first thing they showed us was the clay model for the forthcoming 1961 Rambler American. The independents were always just one economic financial downturn away from going belly-up. This feature was to afford a softer ride quality and better handling by reducing the geometrical leverage of the car's center of gravity for less body roll "sway" in cornering. Two-door models became available as a "post" sedan in 1964 as well as a sporty pillar-less hardtop. And one could argue that the Eagle brand and the Spirit really were way ahead of their time with all wheel drive and also an SUV-like platform that was part car, part truck……nobody else was doing that, and it was a niche sales market. But man, were those cars…..flamboyant (?) But, as with everything else, if it was a success, the big three would have had “me too” products in 3 years and the AMC would have been crushed. The Falcon had already pretty much morphed into the massively successful Mustang (itself positioned already as a poor man’s Thunderbird).  Public reaction to the tartan touch appearing in some of AMC's "Project IV" automobile show tour cars, was judged favorable enough to make the unique trim available on the Rebel hardtop.. God bless ’em, AMC staved off death for at least 20-30 years. I thought it was a sharp looking car. All rights reserved. These weren’t advanced cars, but you could get PS and PB and AC starting in ’61, plus reclining seats and a cute convertible. And you’d be right…but up one rung on the model ladder, there was the Classic…with the broiler-foil six – and a bigger failure in aluminum could not be imagined. Sure, the 1961 American doesn’t look as graceful as its predecessor. Chrysler and GM were not the only companies offering aluminum engines in 1961 – Rambler augmented its cast iron 195.6 cid (3.2 L) ohv six with an aluminum block version (which it called the “196” to distinguish it from the iron “195”). , Ramblers were imported into the U.K by Rambler Motors (A.M.C) Ltd of Chiswick in West London, the location of which had been used since 1926 for British assembly of Hudson motor vehicles. Additionally, the 198 hp (148 kW; 201 PS) 287 cu in (4.7 L) or 270 hp (201 kW; 274 PS) 327 cu in (5.4 L) V8 engines were optional. Unfortunately I too am a middle aged man without the benefit of either Rambler or Studebaker ownership…. But it got me around, and when I left for university that fall I sold it for $75.  The remaining roof over the cargo area was finished with polished stainless steel and equipped with a special ski rack. That being said, I don’t think that any car company did more with less. In fact, the American just isn’t very American, but something you’d expect to find in the Auto-Parade of 1961 from some European country, and chuckle to yourself about its funny looks, while thinking “that would never fly in America”. As would have been a Packard-Hudson merger, both being in Detroit. Look at the Pure Oil Economy Run results from ’61 and ’62 and you’ll see that this re-skinned car performed surprisingly well! Interior: Tan 1961 AMC Rambler American Pictures: See 1 pics for 1961 AMC Rambler American. But, yes, I do think Anderson could have done much better in pretty basic ways. Romney was an excellent manger and for a while exploited niches where he could compete with a smaller car, but by 1964 this advantage was gone as the Big 3 now had a full range of compacts and intermediates. These two engines (AMC and Chrysler) that built iron and aluminum variants of the same engine are mind boggling to me. The station wagon's roof area over the cargo compartment was at the same level with the rest of the roof, no longer dipped down as in prior years.
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