SST Record! The Ephemeral Super-Clean 1969 Rambler Rebel Wagon
Shortly after Nash-Kelvinator as well as Hudson joined forces against the postwar industrial might of General Motors, Chrysler, as well as Ford in 1954, the freshly minted concern popped out the Rambler Rebel. While Rambler traces its lineage back to a bicycle built during the latter quarter of the 19th century, “Rebel” was a fresh, completely new nameplate by a firm attempting to fend off a trio of daunting foes. After a four-product-year run, AMC retired the Rebel badge after 1960, only to wake the item by its slumber from the heady days of the late ’60s as well as goose the item that has a performance-oriented SST trim level.
The ’66 Rambler Rebel was a transitional product, a halfhearted cop of the muscle car template laid out by John Z. DeLorean two years before with the GTO. In ’67, however, while GM, Ford, as well as Chrysler intermediates were still clinging to the curves as well as creases of their mid-’60s designs, AMC launched the squared-off Ramblers, though the historic marque itself wasn’t long for our shores. The Rebel stuck the item out a year longer from the U.S. market than hoary old Rambler managed to, surviving the end of the ’60s. For 1970, the AMC Rebel stood as its own machine before giving way to the Matador badge for ’71, a nameplate which came to exemplify chest hair as well as impotence in equal measure during the doldrums of the Malaise Era.
So what do we have here, then? The last year of the Rambler Rebel versions, the dorky cool of the stoic, blocky, late-’60s AMC design language, as well as the desirable SST trim. All well as well as Great. The kicker, of course, is actually which the item’s a damn wagon that has a mere 24,000-odd miles on the odometer. According to the seller, the owner purchased the automobile completely new as well as basically parked the item once the warranty ran out. the item’s the archetypical nerd’s semi-musclewagon, with what’s apparently its original 343-cubic-inch V-8, a three-speed automatic transmission, boss American Motors hubcaps on its steel wheels, as well as a “Praise the Lord” front license-plate frame.
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A magical midsize time capsule, This particular thing is actually, a car by an era when we all thought we’d soon be flying in supersonic planes—the Concorde made its maiden flight the year This particular wagon rolled out of Kenosha—as well as still riding high on a wave of turbulent change, one which might come crashing down with the implosion of the Nixon administration as well as the imposition of the OPEC oil embargo. This particular old SST is actually a symbol of the ’60s, if a somewhat minor one. Think of the item as an automotive Kinks to the Beatles, Stones, as well as Who of the Detroit Three. Less than two decades after the death of the Rebel, American Motors might be absorbed into Chrysler, nevertheless not before pioneering the crossover with the Eagle, birthing the compact family off-roader with the XJ Cherokee, as well as, of course, attempting to mainstream French weirdness during its lash-up with Renault. As a history-minded American, there might just be a thing or two wrong with you if somewhere deep inside, you haven’t got a hankering to spend some time in This particular SST wagon. The kicker is actually which you could have. The AMC was for sale yesterday on Craigslist up in Portland, Oregon, for $11,900. Today, the item’s gone.