5k: 1969 AMC Ambassador…NASCAR?
AMC offers an alternative to the Ford/Chevy/Dodge muscle cars from the late 60s – but its sort of the Battlestar Galactica alternative to Star Wars or Star Trek – there are always a few at a gathering – but you’re never sure if you want to strike up a conversation and you don’t know what you’d talk about. This 1969 AMC Ambassador has been given a full NASCAR makeover by its owner in Leighton, PA and bidding on ebay is currently at $2,370 (big thanks to tip from dt reader Scot).
The AMC Ambassador was a full sized two door sedan in its 7th generation in 1969 with a multitude of inline 6 and V8 engines available. In 1969 AMC didn’t have any NASCAR involvement (in 1973 AMC ran Matador coupes in competition) – but this hasn’t stopped the builder of this car from creating an alternative universe version in which AMC raced vs Plymouth Superbirds and Ford Torino Talledegas. The car sports a gigantic rear wing and a nose job from a 90’s Dodge Daytona.
This Ambassador to the Federation is equipped with a 343 cubic inch (5.6 liters) V8 choked with a 2-barrel carburetor to produce 235 gross horsepower. Not gross like the smell of the inside of Captain Kirk’s foot locker- but SAE gross – as in gross over estimation of horsepower made in the 60s – assume the car has 200ish horsepower today, probably less. Not a very NASCAR level of power and its mated to a very non-NASCAR slushbox automatic trans and pushes around a hefty 3800 lbs of steel. This car won’t be making the jump to hyperspace anytime this century – its gonna be slower than Spock’s heartbeat.
The inside looks original, with ‘bucket’ seats that won’t hold much in place around corners – but don’t expect this car to corner well on the period correct “cooper cobra radial g/t” tires. The seller does note some rust under the drivers seat and this car is currently in Pennsylvania – a state that does use salt on the roads, so a proper inspection with a tricorder is necessary. A fridge magnet and screwdriver will do the trick if Scotty left your tricorder in the other shuttle.
We at the daily turismo think this car needs to decide what it wants to be. We’d finish the NASCAR theme and put some huge numbers on the side, stickers and the biggest intake manifold you can find. You are going to look like a tool driving this car around, so you may as well have 9 year old kids giving you thumbs up and asking if you won the race. As is – we’d give it the Kirk-chop and go find something else to colonize.
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Wow, that's just so…wrong. An off-beat answer to a question very few people would see any reason to ask. Yes, you will look like a tool driving this thing around. But that's probably the type of person who's going to bid this one up.
~ lol! did you have to mention my name?
the submission was in the form of a price inquiry. 'how much to burn the pictures, crush the car into a tiny unrecognizable ball and never speak of it again?'
but i will publicly apologize to the builder for my smart-ass remark. i admire his imagination and creativity, his skill and craftsmanship have overcome substantial challenges, not to mention courage and individualism necessary to ignore popular sentiment. some scoff but this gentleman had the fortitude to complete what he started. very resourceful. remember also, AMC Javelins under Penske/Mark Donahue beat-up on all of the Trans-Am competition, winning the series title in '71, '72, and '75. the marketing slogan went, 'It will remind you of the days when money really bought something.' thanks to Daily Turismo and the seller, ramblinrod.
No! No! I used to own a '69 Ambo 25 yrs ago. It was fine the way it rolled out the factory. This is just… awful. The only AMC's in NASCAR were the Matador & the Matador 'fastback' in the early/mid 70's. This is just too much.
No in 1965 a ambassador raced in NASCAR
That nose was clearly lifted from an 80's Dodge Daytona, so no, this car is NOT legit.
This car was built by Rod Snyder (Rambler Rod). Check this link for more information and a response from Rod.
Yes! AMC was racing in NASCAR well before 1969. While many remember Team Roger Penske with Mark Donohue, George Follmer, Gary Bettenhausen, Bobby Allison, Dave Marcis to name a few names ya'll might know who raced AMC in NASCAR. This off my site: "1968 NASCAR Racecar Jim Paschal A veteran of 22 years of racing; Jim lives in High Point, NC. His first race was with his dad's 46 Ford at the old Charlotte Dirt track. Formerly a top mechanic, Jim started Grand National racing in 1949, the year the circuit started! Paschal's career has spanned every era of stock car racing-from the modified days of the bull rings right up thru the super speedways. NASCAR records show Jim has won 21 races. His biggest win came in 1964 when he drove a Petty Plymouth to victory in the World 600 at Charlotte; the longest race on the NASCAR trail. He won it again in 1966. At the time, Jim had driver 49,997 miles in 324 races and had won $257,393 in prize money. (1968). This photo is of him in the new 68 Javelin he was racing for the Huggins Javelin racing Team on the NASCAR Grand Touring Circuit." Jim Paschal in 1967 with new 1968 AMC Javelin! planethoustonamx.com/press_photos/68-amc-nascar-javelin-jim-paschal.jpg As for the 69 Ambassador custom, while not my AMC Cup of Tea (have personally owned 392 AMCs since 1976, 11 currently & big fan of AMC custom cars) this one does not do anything for me, but I salute the fellow who did create it as he is known for his custom work. Eddie Stakes' Planet Houston AMX