1966 AMC Rambler American 440 Convertible – Sold!
Mid-sixties Ramblers are the kind of car nobody bought yet everyone knows someone who did. While most new Rambler buyers gravitated towards either the sedan or coupe version, a few opted for a sportier Mustang alternative such as this unrestored white over blue 1966 American 440 convertible originally listed in June 2020 on Craigslist in Freemont, Ohio with only a stated 64,000 original miles and the optional 232 cubic inch inline-six connected to an automatic transmission with an asking price of $8,200. A review of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s asking price falls at the lower end of the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $6,925, $13,400, and $20,600, respectively.
As the automobile marketplace in the U.S. was moving away from economy towards performance and luxury vehicles, American Motors began removing the historic Rambler name from its larger models. However, the American and Classic models retained their economy car marketing image, as well as their traditional nameplate. To cement this image, a Rambler American was again the overall winner in the Mobil Fuel Economy Run. For 1966, AMC dropped the mid-trim level 330 model, leaving the top 440 and base 220 models in the lineup for 1966. The top of the line model, available only as a two-door hardtop, saw its name changed to Rogue. Additionally, AMC updated the look for 1966 with more squared-off front and rear styling. Engineers lengthened the front of the car three inches to accommodate the new optional air conditioning system combined with the new 199 cubic inch and 232 cubic inch in-line six-cylinder engines.
Here’s a commercial we find on YouTube for the two-door hardtop version of this car known as the Rambler Rogue:
If you’re looking to get into the classic car hobby on a budget with a mid-sixies convertible that fits in a small garage, this Rambler makes a compelling choice. Benefitting from re-chromed bumpers, new brakes, and a new carburetor, this Rambler appears to be a nice driver quality example good enough to win a local car show if desired. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“This is a 1966 Rambler American Convertible, 440 trim package. It has 64,000 miles with a 232 straight six engine. Automatic transmission. I’ve had it a few years and it’s time to send it along to someone new.
I’ve had the bumpers rechromed and it’s had some minor restoration done to it. The car has received Gold awards in our AMC Car Club show.
It is a blast to drive though it won’t win any drag races.
New brakes and carburetor have been put in.
Old Fort area
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