Yellow Bread Box: 1961 AMC Rambler American Custom Convertible – Sold!
With the U.S. experiencing a recession during the late 1950’s, American Motors Corporation (“AMC”) was nicely positioned with its Rambler line as demand for smaller more fuel efficient cars increased. To keep that momentum rolling, AMC launched a completely restyled line of Rambler Americans which now included a two door convertible such as this example listed this week here on Craigslist in Gibbstown, New Jersey where the current caretaker is currently asking $7,500 for it. A check of the NADA Guides Online Classic Car Valuation Tool reveals the current caretaker has his claimed 32K original mile barn find priced well within the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $6,800, $12,050, and $19,400, respectively. If you are serious about buying his Rambler you can start the conversation by calling Dave at (856) 371-6476.
AMC launched the heavily restyled second generation Rambler American line for the 1961 model to compete with the “Big Three’s” new offerings (think Falcon, Corvair, and Valiant) launched the prior year. While mechanically identical to the 1960 model, Anderson’s restyle resulted in a car that was three inches narrower and shorter in its exterior dimensions with an overall length of 173.1 inches yet still increased cargo capacity. The second generation Rambler American shape earned the nickname “Breadbox” which was a welcome departure from the “bathtub” comments of the previous generation which dated back to the early 1950s. For 1961 AMC added a four door station wagon and a two door convertible such as the example featured here to the model lineup. Convertibles featured a power-operated folding top with roll-down door glass, rather than the fixed side-window frames of the previous Rambler design dating back to 1954. Passenger room increased from five to six when equipped with the front bench seat. The straight six was modernized with an overhead-valve cylinder head for higher-grade models, but the base cars continued with the flathead engine.
While we love the barn find quality of this car, based on the seller’s description we’d really love to hear the story of how he came across it and what he paid for it. He even states, “the more he puts into it the more he will want.” By the seller’s account and the pictures provided, this appears to be a solid example you can keep busy with over the next several winter months detailing and preparing for the spring car show season. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Here is a very rare and neat car. It is a 1961 Rambler Custom Convertible. 32 k original miles. They do not come much more original and solid as this one. Just had the carb rebuilt new hoses and belts. Radiator cleaned, gas tank cleaned and sealed. New cap wires plugs and rotor. Runs great. Absolutely no rust in the car. Trunk is perfect. Easy restoration or drive it as is. Yellow paint,yellow and gray interior. Really really neat car. Drives good stops good. Original top. Power top is disconnected and I have not had a chance to check it out. Just got it running good and am putting it on. Have not had a chance to detail it out. The more I put into it the more I will want. The Rambler Custom has the deluxe moldings and backup lights. Deluxe interior. 6 cylinder automatic trans. Original 15 inch wheels and hubcaps. The bolt pattern is the same as a ford so wheel choices are endless. Can’t believe how solid it is. I will listen to offers but starting at 7500 and seeing what these things bring this is cheap for a car this original and nice. May need some minor things but not much. Nothing that would stop you from driving it. I am in Gibbstown NJ. Give me a call 856-371-6476, Dave The car has been garage kept its whole life. I had to leave it out for a few nights and it rained real hard. I was afraid to see where the water would have gotten in. To my surprise not a drop of water inside or in the trunk. The chrome around the windows is beautiful.“
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