Red Rebel: 1959 Rambler Cross Country Super Wagon – NOW $21,000
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November 10, 2022 Update – After a nearly two-month pause, the seller of this LS-swapped ’59 Rambler we’ve been tracking since May just listed the car for sale on Craigslist again. In their latest listing, the pictures, description, and already reduced ask of $21,000 remain in place. That’s quite a price drop from their original ask in May of $32,500.
September 28, 2022, Update – While this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s history, we suspect may not be sold yet. For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” until we come across a replacement listing for it.
August 8, 2022 Update – The seller replaced their expired Craigslist ad with a fresh listing. In it, the description and pictures remain the same. However, the seller decided to lower their asking price by another $4,000 to land at $21,000.
July 2, 2022 Update – After a brief pause following the expiration of their first Craigslist ad, the seller just posted a fresh listing for their LS-Swapped ’59 Rambler. While the pictures and description remain the same, the seller reduced their asking price by a substantial $7,500 to land a current ask of $25,000.
June 28, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” until we come across a new listing for it.
Many classic cars will never achieve a level of desirability (and value) that will make it worthwhile to keep or restore them to their original condition. In these cases, the car will likely be worth more upgraded as a street machine or restomod. A prime example is this 1959 AMC Rambler Cross Super Wagon, originally listed in May 2022 and now relisted here on Craigslist in Kulpmont, Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre). Now featuring a 5.3 Liter LS V8, an overdrive transmission (we assume to be a modern 700R4 and not the original unit), four-wheel disc brakes, and other modern upgrades, this Rambler’s almost stock exterior appearance promotes it to restomod status in our book.
Currently offered for $21,000 (the original ask was $32,500), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is at the high end of this guide’s limited five-year results summary for all models of late-fifties Ramblers. By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:
As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $18,175 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $28,375.
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 in 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 nearly two inches, 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.
The Osborn Tramain YouTube Channel features this 1959 Rambler Commerical:
Based on the pictures provided, this 1959 Rambler Cross Country appears to be a nicely modified, LS-swapped example that blurs the line between Resto-Mod and Street Machine. The only thing we would look to add is a Vintage Air system to keep things cool inside for hot cruise days.
Here’s the seller’s description:
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