Rambler cars from the 1960s: Hardtops, Ambassadors, Classics & Americans

Rambler cars from the 1960s Hardtops, Ambassadors, Classics and Americans

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While the car name Rambler dates back to 1914, the name was mainly used for modern cars from the late 1950s until the line ended in 1969.

Here’s a look at some of the top Rambler cars from the 1960s — the classic brand’s heyday!

Go Rambler in 1960: The new standard of basic excellence

Rambler Custom 4-door Country Club Hardtop — Six or Rebel V-8 (Seen with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background)

1960 Rambler cars - Golden Gate Bridge

1960 Rambler American Super Club Sedan – Classic cars from the sixties
1960 Rambler American Super Club Sedan - Classic cars from the sixties

Rambler cars from the 1960s: Hardtops, Ambassadors, Classics & Americans

Convenient Instrument Panel design groups all dials and controls directly in front of driver for greatest accessibility and visibility. Ignition key starting is easy and convenient.

Full 5-Passenger Room. The Rambler Ameri-can provides lots of space to stretch out and relax. It has more legroom than many high-priced American cars.

Shortest Turning Radius of any American-built car. The Rambler American out-parks and out-turns U.S.-built cars and many foreign-built cars. Here’s the one car expressly built for today’s traffic conditions.

Airliner Reclining Seat, optional, adjusts to five comfortable positions at the flick of a lever . . . becomes a comfortable nap couch for resting children or senior citizens on long trips.

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1960 Rambler American Deluxe Club Sedan

Doubles as a comfortable personal car and a thrifty business automobile. Here is the most economical sedan built in the United States. Yet it offers chair-height seating for five and spirited 6-cylinder performance.

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1960 Rambler car features

Rambler American Power Steering, optional, removes the last vestige of effort from driving America’s easiest-steering car. You can turn the wheel with your fingertips.

Twin-Grip Differential gives positive traction on ice, snow, mud or when rear wheel slips onto a soft shoulder. Optional equipment on all Rambler American models.

Deep Dip Rustproofing. All Rambler American bodies are completely submerged in rust-proofing paint primer bath for lasting protection against rust and corrosion.

Weather Eye Heating and Ventilating circulates warm air, filters, whisks out dust and smoke, optional. Air conditioning system is a dealer-installed option.

Continental Rear Tire Mount gives added distinction to the smart American appearance, saves luggage room in the trunk compartment. Optional on all 1960 Rambler American sedans. 

Self-Adjusting Brakes minimize brake adjustment problems. . . improves brake operating efficiency. Optional equipment on all models. New bonded linings are standard.

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AMC single unit-construction

Airplane-Type Single Unit Construction was originated by American Motors more than 20 years ago.

Body-and-frame are built together in one strong, all-welded unit. It means a stronger, safer car . . . with more room inside and less bulk on the outside. It’s the only way a real compact car should be built. And only Rambler has the experience to do it properly.

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’60 Rambler under the hood

Flash-O-Matic Transmission — advanced automatic transmission at its convenient best — is one of the many options available on the 1960 Rambler American. Optional overdrive and standard Syncromesh transmissions are also available on all models.

Lots of Go — and Economy, Too! The 90 H.P. Rambler American Super Flying Scot engine has a rare combination of smooth, quiet performance and record-breaking gasoline economy. It has plenty of get-up-and-go to satisfy every driving demand. Regular grade gas for extra savings.

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How the Sheriff won the West in a 1960 Rambler Custom 4-door Hardtop

“Shucks, sheriff,” the deputy cried. “We lose more bandits this-away. Either your big old car runs out of gas, or it’s too wide for the pass. Reckon we better change?”

“Yup,” said the sheriff.

Suddenly they were surrounded by an Indian [sic]: “How,” said he, “about-um new foreign-type US car?”

“Reckon we’d flatten our 20-gallon hats tryin’ to get in them pint-size doors,” said the deputy. “Yup,” said the sheriff.

Then, in a cloud of dust, with the speed of light, came a lone Rambler, with big car room and comfort, small car economy and handling ease… Reckon you can do likewise. Why not mosey into your Rambler dealer’s this week?

Pioneered by American Motors: First to understand and meet America’s new motoring needs

1960 RAMBLER CUSTOM 4-DOOR HARDTOP… 6 or V-8. Backed by 10 years and 25 billion miles.

Sheriff won the West in a 1960 Rambler Custom 4-door Hardtop

1962 Rambler American 400 4-door sedan – Classic cars

1962 Rambler American 400 4-door sedan - Classic cars

Rambler wins 1963 Motor Trend “Car of the Year” Award

America’s most wanted automotive honor, the coveted “Car of the Year” Award from Motor Trend Magazine, goes to Rambler ’63 over all other cars. Big reason: A whole host of new and major Rambler betterments which are available in no other cars.

Most important betterment is all-new Advanced Unit Construction in Rambler Classic Six or V-8, and in Ambassador V- 8 — a years-ahead breakthrough in car building.

It provides vastly increased strength — permits long, flowing lines in a car almost 3 inches lower, yet with full headroom for six 6-footers, amazingly easier entrance and exit, with curved glass side windows that permit doors to curve into the roof.

A major advance in power transfer — Tri-Poised Power — brings new velvet smoothness at all speeds. The entire car is so trouble-free and service-free, it’s the longest-lasting Rambler ever. Come see and try the ’63 Ramblers — the most beautiful Ramblers ever built — now at your Rambler dealer.

Cars - 1963 Rambler Classic Six 770 4-Door Sedan

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THE NEW SHAPE OF QUALITY: Rambler awarded 1963 CAR OF THE YEAR Trophy by Motor Trend Magazine

Shown: 1963 Rambler Classic Six “770” 4-Door Sedan. Available with 198-hp V-8 engine. Floor shift, bucket seats, console, headrests optional.

Announcing 1963 Rambler Classic with a brand-new V8

1963 - Announcing Rambler Classic with a brand-new V8

The ’64 Rambler cars

Steering-wheel cramps?

Why settle for a one-height steering wheel? Rambler features an optional new Adjust-O-Tilt steering wheel that adjusts to 7 positions for easier entry and most comfortable driving height.

Creeping rust?

Rambler uses rust-fighting galvanized steel in vital body areas. Then Rambler, and only Rambler, dips every car body clear up to the roof in rustproofing compound to saturate the hidden nooks and crannies which ordinary spraying misses. The result: World’s best rustproofing!

Mad for buckets?

Get the greatest choice of bucket seats with the sport-smart new Rambler options! Slim bucket seats with console between. Or wide bucket seats on top-line Rambler Americans and Classics. All recline. And all adjust for individual legroom.

Want a stick shift… but…

…your wife wants an automatic transmission? Rambler offers the perfect answer on all V-8’s — optional Shift-Command Flash-O-Matic. It’s “on the floor.” And you can shift it — or it shifts itself. Just one of seven Rambler transmission choices.

Rambler leads because Rambler listens

Motorists ask for solid, built-in values… Rambler responds with Double-Safety Brake System, Ceramic-Armored exhaust system, its famous Advanced Unit Construction, and many, many more.

All-new 1964 Rambler Classic 770 Hardtop and Rambler Classic 770 Cross Country Station Wagon. Beautifully balanced — big inside and trim outside– Six or 198-hp V-8.

Insist on more in ‘64 — go Rambler!

1964 Rambler Classic 770 Hardtop and Rambler Classic 770 Cross Country Station Wagon

Rambler cars – the ’64 American: Squeezed for room?

There is no passenger squeeze in any Rambler… not even the very lowest priced Rambler American! Headroom compares with, or exceeds, that of many costlier cars. Same for entrance room, legroom, hip room. So why pay more than low Rambler prices to get room?

Hardtops too high priced?

Have fun by impressing your friends with a glamorous Rambler American hardtop (see below). A car of such magnificent detail, it even has a ball-bearing ashtray! Price? Farr less than you’d expect for this smart beauty!

Why feed a gas hog?

All fed up with emptying your pockets to fill up a gas guzzler? The sparkling all-new Rambler American delivers its spirited performance together with gas mileage that has topped every economy run officially entered.

Bugged by rattles?

Rambler’s Advanced Unit Construction — now in the Rambler American, too — is the greatest racket-easer of motordom. It’s strong, rugged, rigid, quiet… a breakthrough in car building!

Rambler leads because Rambler listens

Rambler listens to what you want in a car. A good example is the all-new, high-style compact you asked for in ‘64: Rambler American, in exciting hardtops, convertible, sedans, wagons. New ride, new full 6-passenger room, new ideas inside and out!

1964 Rambler American 440-H Hardtop. Compact economy king with new beauty, room and ride. Bucket seats, console, and 138-hp Six, standard. Curved-glass side windows; 33000-mile or 3-year chassis lubrication; Deep-Dip rustproofing.

Insist on more in ‘64… go Rambler!

1964 Rambler American 440-H Hardtop

Rambler cars: Why don’t we enter high-performance Rambler V-8s in racing? (1964)

Because the only race Rambler cares about is the human race!

Racing has a real fascination as professional drivers unleash raw horsepower and flaunt death. It’s a thrilling sport — in the right place.

Out of its proper place, racing is deadly. Yet there are those who are glamorizing and advertising race-track speeds in order to sell cars. This is not in the public interest, and Rambler will have no part in it.

Glorification of horsepower tempts teenagers to think high-speed driving is “in” — and safety “out — makes irresponsible drivers even more irresponsible, contributes to the mounting carnage on the nation’s highways.

While many people are still apathetic, growing numbers are joining Rambler’s crusade against the promotion of excessive speed and horsepower.

Are Ramblers underpowered? Emphatically not! Every Rambler delivers spirited performance. Our Ambassador, for instance, offers a 270-hp V-8. It would be no trick at all to beef up that rating to 300-hp or more. But it would serve you no better.

Rambler’s prime concern is for your safety, comfort, satisfaction, and savings.

That’s why every Rambler balances turnpike performance with sensible economy.

It’s why Rambler gives you Advanced Unit Construction, Double-Safety Brakes (separate systems, front and rear); a Ceramic-Armored exhaust system that protects against rust and fume leaks. Plus optional headrests that act as headguards against whiplash if your car is struck from behind.

Rambler spends millions on testing cars before they go on sale, millions more on safety advances. But not one cent to glorify speed.

We welcome your comments, and invite you to join our crusade for safe motoring.

Important note: Rambler is strongly in favor of responsive horsepower and performance — offers engines up to 270 HP. But we are strongly against glamorizing raw horsepower and speed to the point where irresponsible drivers may be tempted to abuse them.

We believe automobiles should have the best of both — a sensible and satisfying balance of performance and economy, as well as roominess and handling ease. That’s the way we build Ramblers.

Why don’t we enter high-performance Rambler V-8s in racing?

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New size! New space! New Torque Commander Engines — in the New ‘65 Rambler classic

New spectacular convertible — sensible handling ease

All-new Rambler Classic top-down fun car. Longer, livelier, outmaneuvers all competitive cars.

New spectacular Torque Command engines — sensible transmission choices

World’s most advanced powerplants, Torque Command Sixes offer up to 155 hp. New! V-8 options up to 270 hp. 5 transmissions, including floor-stick automatic.

New spectacular disc brakes — sensible double-safety system

Power Disc Brakes fight fade, wade through water and still stop, stop, stop! Optional addition to standard Double-Safety Brakes, separate systems front and rear.

New Intermediate Size of the 3 sensible spectaculars

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Come meet the biggest, roomiest, most powerful Rambler Classics ever built. NEW! Engine choices start with all-new Torque Command Sixes that come on like Eights, soar up to 270-hp V-8.

NEW! More room than ever for six 6-footers and all their luggage, yet this spectacular new Classic sensibly still turns sharp as ever. NEW! 11 all-new models for 1965, including the brilliant new convertible, hardtops, two-door and four-door sedans, two-seat and three-seat station wagons.

Glamorous new interiors, luxurious new appointments. Sporty options include Airliner Reclining Bucket Seats in two sizes, console, headrests, manual and automatic floor shifts, wire-wheel covers. Plus a host of exclusive extra-value features at no extra cost, like Weather Eye Heating and Ventilating System, Deep-Dip rustproofing and rattle-free Advanced Unit Construction.

Come see what sensible buys these truly spectacular new cars are!

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65 Rambler classic car with torque command engines (3)

65 Rambler classic car with torque command engines (2)

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Classic – New intermediate-size Rambler ’65

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Rambler ’65 station wagons

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’65 Rambler – I didn’t think you were that kind of car!

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Rambler’s roguish new flip-top (convertible) 1965/1966

More go for the dough than any other car in its class

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Rambler's roguish new flip-top convertible car 1965 1966

Classic 1968 Rambler American car

1968 Rambler American car

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