1959 Rambler Cross Country Super Wagon – Sold?
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August 23, 2023, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
July 18, 2023 Update – The seller, Henry, came across our blog post and reached out directly to us by phone to confirm his LS-Swapped ’59 Rambler remains available. He is only interested in cash-in-person deals. If interested, you can reach out to Henry directly at (717) 647-9458.
June 27, 2023 Update – After a brief pause following the expiration of their last Craigslist ad, the seller of this LS-Powered ’59 Rambler long roof posted a fresh listing.
June 15, 2023, Update – While this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s history, we suspect it may not actually be sold yet. For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing.
Many classic cars will never achieve a level of desirability (and value), making 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 White and Red 1959 AMC Rambler Cross Super Wagon for sale, last listed in July 2023 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.
Last offered for $19,500, 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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