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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Not that we’re morbid here in the YAK main office, but we’re still celebrating (okay, commemorating) the demise of American Motors 25 years ago. Yes they made some pretty quirky cars over the years, but they also made some darned good ones. And one of my favorites is the latter day compact, like this 1969 Rambler American 440 station wagon. It’s interesting to note that in 1969 the only Rambler you could buy was the American, as American Motors changed the brand of their other lines (Rebel, AMX, Javelin, and Ambassador) from Rambler to AMC.

You’ve gotta admit, that’s a great-looking little station wagon at the top of the page; also well-designed was the Rogue two-door hardtop (which you could equip with a 232 CID six-cylinder engine and three-on-the-tree, or even a 290 CID V-8 and a four-on-the-floor). And then there was the the 390 CID V-8 equipped Hurst SC/Rambler (read all the details here). If AMC had stuck to their small-car strategy, instead of trying to compete line-for-line with the Big 3, perhaps they’d still be around.

Hurst SC/Rambler

Hurst SC/Rambler


Rogue hardtop

Rogue hardtop

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know