Well Equipped: 1959 AMC Rambler Rebel Wagon V8 – Sold!
Car Life magazine called the 1959 Rambler “one of the most attractive cars on the road,” and looking at this 1959 Rebel Cross Country station wagon listed on Craigslist in West Babylon, New York (Long Island) with an asking price of $9,000 we can see why. The NADA Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Rambler Rebel priced well below the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail price range at $13,900, $22,000, and $40,000, respectively.
In the late fifties, one of the first cars offered by the newly-formed American Motors Corporation was the Rambler Rebel. While the first generation models for ’57 and ’58 earned a reputation for being the first factory-produced intermediate-sized high-performance car when equipped with AMC’s 327 cubic inch V8, the second generation car introduced for 1959 toned things down a bit.
The 1959 model year Rambler Rebels featured hoods without ornaments, a new full-width grille with large inset turn signal lamps, bumpers and bumper guards that reduced the overall length by 1.6 inches (41 mm), a thinner roof panel look with narrower C-pillars, windshield and rear window slanted at a greater angle reducing wind resistance, simpler bodyside trim, and restyled rear doors and fenders with a smooth line to the smaller tail fins. All Rambler Rebels benefitted from bigger brakes, improved dashboard-mounted automatic transmission push-button controls, and numerically lower axle ratios for improved fuel economy. A new option was adjustable headrests. The 1959 Rebel came standard with a 250 cubic inch V8 topped with a four-barrel carburetor and connected to dual exhausts which helped make 215 horsepower with a very respectable 260 foot-pounds of torque.
We found a dealer training video from 1959 attempting to highlight the features and benefits of the Rambler Rebel:
While the seller describes his Cross Country as being “In beautiful shape,” we note there are a number of paint bubbles the seller honestly documents in and around the doors that require a close in-person inspection. With a fresh engine rebuild combined with several power options, mechanically this Rebel appears to be well-sorted. While not anywhere near up to show car quality, this appears to be a fun, V8-powered car with nice power options you can have cruising to local shows in between restoring the interior. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1959 AMC Rambler Rebel wagon for sale in Long Island NY
In beautiful shape!!!
Factory 250ci AMC V8, rebuilt with 3k miles on it
Factory 4 barrel carb with 4 barrel intake
Factory 2 speed automatic with push button select
Factory power brakes
Factory power steering
Converted AM/FM Radio
New bulbs all around
Brand new tail lamp housings
New hoses under the hood
New transmission cooler
New aluminum radiator and thermostat
Registered/inspected from this year
$9,000 or best price.“
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