Rambler Man: 1956 AMC Nash Rambler

Nowadays, safety and survivability in a crash is a given with all the government regulations and ratings.  But, back when you were only 10 or so years removed from flying a Mustang in combat over Germany, most car buyers didn’t give much thought to crash protection.  However, if you did worry about such things, AMC had you covered.  Find this 1956 AMC Nash Rambler for sale in Burnaby, BC for $8,000 USD via craigslist.

The 1956 Rambler by AMC was a new design by AMC and sold under the Nash and Hudson brand names.  AMC had come into being from the merger of Nash and Hudson in 1954.  The 1956 Rambler introduced the new Compact market segment.  According to AMC President George Romney (Mitten’s dad), a “new era of motoring had begun” with the new Rambler.

The Rambler was powered by a 3.2 liter inline 6 kicking out 120 horses. Bigger news was that the Rambler used uni-body construction vs. the body on frame that most other American car makers used at that time.  Nash marketed it as “The Double-Safe Single Unit” method of construction.  They offered buyers a $25,000 personal automobile injury insurance policy at no cost when you purchased a Ramber.  That is a quarter million dollars in today’s inflated USD’s.

From the buyers ad:

1956 AMC Nash Deluxe Custom Rambler (last vehicle to be badged a Nash Rambler)

195.6 OHV 6 cylinder with BW T-96 3 on the tree manual transmission with Overdrive

First year of 12 Volt and Overhead valves.

One of 454 made of this model. Made in Canada on Spadina Avenue in downtown Toronto.


-Engine by Performance Engines in North Vancouver


-Transmission (Overdrive is acting up and needs addressing)

-Radiator re-cored

-Heater Core re-cored

-12V Generator (new windings)

-New Regulator

-Water Pump

-Carburetor (have a 2nd rebuilt one as well)

-Cap, Rotor, Plugs, Wires, Points, Ignition Coil

-Electric Fuel Pump

Needs Overdrive looked at. It is whining loudly.

Has early 70’s Mustang bucket seats but comes with a set of 1957 iconic Rambler bench seats that need re-upholstery.

Has some rust in floor and no carpet or head liner currently.

Needs a paint job.

Car is located in Burnaby, British Columbia Canada

Asking $8,000 OBO (US Funds)

Would consider a trade for an old truck or a Studebaker.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent and dog enthusiast.