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Wheels in the grass

1965 Rambler American 440

1965 Rambler American 440

This 1965 Rambler American 440 four-door sedan was spotted today on a side road just off of Rt. 60 between Fredonia and Jamestown. It looks to be in decent shape body-wise, but at the rate it’s going it does look like it may disappear into the grass by the end of summer.

The 440 was the top of the American line, and the four-door sedan was the top-seller of the 440s. This one has the typical 1960’s two-tone paint job and good ol’ whitewall tires. Introduced in 1961, the American was just what American Motors needed to fight compacts from “The Big Three” as well as imports. Unfortunately, its reputation as something driven only by your grandparents or your unmarried elderly female schoolteacher was tough to overcome, and 1969 was the American’s final production year.