Monday, December 9, 2013

5k: Mitt's Dad's AMC: 1964 Rambler Ambassador 990

The 4th generation AMC Rambler Ambassador was heavily influenced by a young George Romney who left AMC in 1963 to pursue a political career that culminated serving as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Nixon.  George wasn't a member of the 1% when he worked for AMC and the Ambassador he left behind was a cool car for the masses; today a used example is cheap enough for just about anybody to afford.  Find this 1964 Rambler Ambassador 990 for sale in Spring Valley, CA on ebay bidding for $3,850 with a few hours to go.

The Rambler Ambassador isn't a particularly handsome car, except in 990 no-post hardtop configuration which is much cooler than the 4-door or 2-door with post versions.  The non-post hardtop greenhouse has almost the look of a Mercedes-Benz 220 to it and the rearward sweeping wheel arches are badass.

Under the hood of this Ambassador is a 327 cubic inch V8 that is rated for 250 horsepower in 2-bbl trim.  Not sure if this one would have been completely painted fire engine red from the factory but the telltale signs of rattle-can overspray indicate a quick bit of Restoleum detailing from the seller.

The interior isn't bad for a sub $5k car, but the door seals are totally shot and carpets seem to be covered in some kind of floor mat covering up who knows what kind of mess.  It could be a Flintstones mobile - be sure to get a good in person (or PPI) inspection for this one.

See a cooler rarely seen classic?


  1. The gaskets/ floor pans are fixable. What would be difficult is the trim, which is all there it seems. With the recent engine work and lack of body panel rust this seems like a pretty good deal. Aside from the '69s this is about the only good-looking Ambassador. Too bad it doesn't have the wacky Twin-Stick transmission.

  2. You just know that there is someone out there who collects Ramblers.

  3. My Aunt had one of these 327 with the 3 in the tree plus overdrive road nice and those lay back seats perfect date car.


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