Button Pusher: 1959 Rambler Ambassador Custom

By Matt — While paying Collier AMC
a quick visit this weekend, the overgrown Matadors, Javelins, and
Fuegos amongst the copperheads and poison ivy brought the urge to own
another AMC back fiercely. And what better way to get into American
Motors ownership than one of the first models to launch under the AMC
banner? Find this 1959 Rambler Ambassador Custom with everything but brakes on craigslist in Atlanta, GA for only $2,000.

Ramblers
are usually insanely cheap, still suffering from the boring image that
they, fairly or not, cultivated in the 50’s and 60’s. This one appears
to have been in long term storage judging by the old Virginia vanity tag
and sticker, not to mention the pile of dust. And thank you, kind
seller, for not using the term ‘barn find’! The car yard drives but if
you’re super safety conscious, you may be concerned that the car
currently has no brakes. The seller has done a good job of providing
details about the car and is open to trades. After a brief text
conversation, it’s worth noting that he’s a reasonable dude and mainly
interested in American cars and as is specifically not interested in a
1991 Peugeot 405 Mi16. You may wonder how I know.

In
the engine department, the late 50’s ramblers were seriously stout and
very advanced, actually offering electronic fuel injection for a very
short period (like, weeks) before pulling the plug due to manufacturing
complexities. Or who knows, maybe the trailer that carried the ECU
reversed the performance gains. But even in carbureted form, the 327
made 270 horsepower and AMC people will tell you sternly and politely
that it’s not a Chevrolet motor. Adding to the novelty is a push button
automatic to surprise and further confuse your friends.

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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market,
spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them,
and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.