1965 AMC Rambler: A classic rescued from the junkyard

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“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.

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