Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Slice of Americana: 1959 Rambler American

The original Rambler American was launched as a low priced sub-compact under the direction of George Romney.  The junior Rambler was powered by a 195 cubic inch flathead-6 and sold for something in the range of $1800 when new...which adjusted for inflation is $16k in 2020 money.  Today's example looks decent for the asking price and will get you smiles everywhere you go. Find this 1959 Rambler American offered for $8800 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1959 Rambler American
condition: excellent
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
paint color: white
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe
For sale!

or Trade for a 4-Speed Driving Project?

The 1959 Rambler!

A beautiful, rare, and important piece of Americana!

This car is from the first series of economical / fuel efficient, and affordable automobiles, produced by American Motors Corporation, upon the merging of Nash and Hudson in 1954

Low mileage on rebuilt flathead motor which runs beautifully, and sings like a sewing machine!

Lot's of torque!

An old-school retired MUNI driver keeps tellin' me, "You can drive those at forty-five miles-per-hour in first gear!", and I don't doubt him one bit!

Three-speed transmission with "on the dash" column shifter!

A wonderful daily driver and head turner!

This is a well restored example, with some fun, period-correct accessories!

The incredibly rare Fulton 1000 Sunshade!

Baby Moons n' Beauty Rings (Original hubcaps in the trunk)!

Custom Venetian Blinds from an AMC Ambassador!

Window Breezies!

Curb Feelers!

Ruby eyelids!

...and last but not least, the red Bug Deflector!

Hidden CD Player under glovebox!

Period-correct "Yellow n' Black" license plates!

A perfect car for cruising all over town.

Asking $8800 or best offer.

Thanks for reading! 

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  1. Either this is owned by a vampire or there’s something wrong that only shows up in daylight photographs.

    Come to think of it there has been sort of a vampire problem in San Francisco for the last few years.

  2. CBGC lineup from 1980

    Baby Moon and the Beauty Rings
    The Venetian Blinds
    Window Breezies
    Curb Feelers
    Ruby eyelids

    1. Did you mean CBGB?

    2. Mega Vonza aka Fulton SunshadeMay 20, 2020 at 2:15 AM

      I was at that concert. It was the last time that The Venetian Blinds played live with Fulton Sunshade as the singer. In my opinion, they were never as good after that, but I'm biased...

  3. I love the simplicity of this car... and that roofline in profile.

  4. When that open road starts to callin me .. there is somepin ore the hill that I gotto see ..
    Ramblin Man - Hank Williams


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