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61 ambassador wgn

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Like I mentioned last week, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the demise of American Motors, so here’s one of their more forgettable offerings (I’ve been around for decades  — decades! mind you, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one of these): a 1961 Ambassador Custom station wagon. As AMC’s top series for 1961, all Ambassadors came with 327 CID V-8 engines, in both the middle Super and top Custom series wagons (and also in the lowest-priced Deluxe series, but that only came as a four-door sedan). A note about the styling: and of course this is only my opinion, but I get the feeling that the original clay model for the 1961 Ambassador by Rambler (its official name) was left too long in a warm room, started to sag a bit from the heat, and the tooling makers mistakenly used this semi-melted shape when creating the body dies. Look at that front end! This could have been Droop Doggy-Dog’s official ride back in ’61.

This Custom wagon would have cost him somewhere around $2,841. You can see the entire 1961 Rambler lineup by clicking here.

who needs seatbelts!!??

who needs seatbelts!!??

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know