1965 AMC Rambler: A classic rescued from the junkyard

Question of the Day

Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.?

View results

“This is a smooth riding car,” Mr. Johnson says.

He attributes that fact to coil springs on all four wheels on a 112-inch wheelbase. The 198-horsepower V-8 engine easily propels the 3,156-pound station wagon. Although the speedometer can register speeds up to 120 mph, Mr. Johnson says, “I’ve never had it over 80.”

Mr. Johnson said the power-lock differential provides positive traction. The transmission is a three-speed automatic. He says the brakes are self-adjusting. The window in the tailgate is electrically operated either by a key on the tailgate or by a control switch located on the dashboard.

When new, the AMC Rambler station wagon, with the chrome-plated roof rack, had a base price of $2,634. Occasionally, for laughs, Mr. Johnson says, he will tie a surfboard onto the rack. Because Mr. Johnson rescued the Rambler from an unknown junkyard fate, he has driven it about 41,000 miles - remarkable for a car that someone discarded.

• For your car to become the subject of the Out Of The Past column, send a photo (frontal 3/4 view), plus brief details and phone number to Vern Parker, 2221 Abbotsford Drive, Vienna, VA 22181. Only photos of good quality will be considered. No customs or hotrods accepted.

COPYRIGHT, MOTOR MATTERS, 2008

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus