Pick of the Day: Take a Ramble Through Automotive History

by Scott HuntSeptember 24, 2020
Pick of the Day Take a Ramble Through Automotive History
1959 Rambler American
Pick of the Day is this 1959 Rambler American, with a custom-made sun shade

As you likely know, Hudson and Nash each produced cars cherished by their owners and later by collectors. But both struggled financially after World War II and in 1954, they merged. Officially, the new company was called American Motors, but its products continued to be branded as Hudsons or Nashes until 1958, when the Rambler name returned, albeit with an entry-level model called the Rambler American. 

It would be another decade before American Motors started using its corporate brand, starting with the AMC Javelin, the company’s answer to the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

Which brings us to the Pick of the Day, a 1959 Rambler American being offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Sarasota, Florida. 

The 2-door sedan shows well in Sea Foam blue, it’s white-painted roof highlighted by a body-colored, custom-produced, external windshield visor.

“Every system has been gone through on this machine!” the dealer points out, listing such things as the engine rebuild, generator replaced by alternator, electric ignition and an oversized fuel tank good for a 400-mile round trip. 

“Suspension, brakes, shocks, fuel line, locks, locking gas cap, and gas tank all new!”

The rebuilt engine is a 196cid flathead-6 with Carter carburetor. The dealer notes 90 horsepower and 35-38 mpg. The transmission is three-speed manual on the steering column. RELATED:  Pick of the Day: Nash Metropolitan, a longtime father-son hobby car

The dealer says bumpers have been re-chromed and every other trim part is NOS or from another original car, with polished stainless steel all around.

During the car’s restoration, “all rust has been removed and new steel was added,” the advertisement informs.

The interior is Navy blue. The car has bucket seats, a Southern Air AC system, a disc-player audio system, new headliner, console and new switchgear.

The car is offered for $19,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

SOURCE: Larry Edsall 
VIA: The Journal Classic Cars

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