The American Motor Corporation, formed in 1954 through a merger of Hudson and Nash, did a fairly good job selling well-intelligent (and mostly small) cars in the late 1950s and later decades. Until the mid-1960s, Detroit was beating the Big Three Kenoshans on the showroom floor and something had to be done to expand the product line. To recoup some sales from hot-selling Midsize Chevelles, Fairlance and Belvederes, AMC has designed a brand-new intermediate platform for the 1967 model year; This car was introduced as a Rambler Rebel. Rebels have been missing from American roads for the past 40 years, but I found this high-trim-level 770 in a self-service yard just south of Denver.

If you drive your Weather Eye-equipped Ambassador Brogham about 50 miles southeast of this Rebel’s final parking spot, you’ll be able to see dozens of beautiful Rebels (and hundreds of other American motor machines) on the spectacular Rambler Ranch. . I was there a few weeks ago for the start of the Rocky Mountain Breakdown 24 Hours of Lemons Rally, and the founder was disappointed that he couldn’t occupy today’s Junkyard Gem for his extensive collection of car parts. So it goes.

1967 was the last year of the Rambler Mark in the United States, with all American motor vehicles receiving AMC badges from the following year (the acquisition of the Jeep by the AMC from Kaiser-Jeep in 1970 added another brand to the Kenosha Stable). The rebel name continued until 1970, when AMC Matador took over in 1971.

This car is a 770, which was the second-to-top trim level for the ’67 Rebel, just below the SST.

You can get factory air conditioners at Rebel (extra $ 350, or about $ 3,060 for 2022 dollars), but this car is fitted with an aftermarket allstate unit from Sears.

The A / C car may have been installed by the dealership when it was new, but the car is full of signs that it has been in service for decades, with good wrenching skills and good access to car parts. For example, the original engine (which could be a 232-cubic-inch straight-six or 290 or 343 cubic-inch displacement V8) has been replaced by a Chrysler-era Jeep straight-six, probably a 258. It could have been a bolt-in replacement because the 258 and its 4.0-liter Descendant itself had an AMC design (and were well-produced in the Daimler Chrysler era).

Aftermarket high-mounted brake lights were added at some point.

The Colorado State Parks Pass shows that this car was still running in our current century.

Why don’t these surviving people stay on the streets forever? Well, there’s a lot of rust here, and the 1960s non-hardtop American sedans aren’t very expensive.

American Motors moved after 1987, at the Eagle Premiere (which survived for many years on the Chrysler LH platform) for the Jeep brand, Chrysler and all the delicious Renault-enhanced suspension technology.

I photographed this car (and the 1973 Dodge Coronet next to it) with a panoramic 35mm camera from the late 1980s, as it were.

Rebels hold their own against the world’s worst drivers. The three-on-the-tree manual transmission has been ruthlessly abused by the first driver, note the spoon-in-the-garbage-discharge-style.

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