This sleek 1964 AMC Rambler American Convertible is the perfect mid 60’s convertible that won’t break the bank at the fuel pump and looks great.
Offered For Sale by the California Automobile Museum
The 1964 AMC Rambler American Convertible was the first completely new design for AMC and were arguably the most attractive Detroit compacts. Car Life magazine titled its road test of the 1964’s Rambler American “The Original Plain Jane Compact Car Just Got Back From The Beauty Parlor”
The turquoise paint is of high quality and is a base/clear application. The overall texture looks very nice and from 10 feet away is nearly flawless. Upon close inspection, some very light oxidation is visible on the trunk lid and down in the very bottom quarters, some small bubbles are beginning to appear beneath the paint surface. The rear bumper is in need of re-plating as the chrome is peeling off at the bolt holes. The convertible top is in good condition with no tears of rips.
The interior on this American is quite nice. It features a unique design in the material and has a light feel to it. The seats are all sturdy and solid as they should be. The padding feels is comfortable yet firm and not worn. The door panels have been slightly modified to allow installation of the upgraded sound system. The speakers are amplified by a Kenwood KAC-745 amplifier professionally installed and hidden in the trunk compartment. The stereo is an AM/FM with cassette but in not currently operating properly and may need replacement. Nearly all of the installed opti9ons on the American function as designed. There have been some modifications to the cigarette lighter socket and it no longer functions as a power port or lighter. The back light for the fuel gauge does not work although the remaining portion of the dash illuminates as it should. The little green dash indicator for the left turn signal does not work but the signals themselves operate fine. Cosmetically on the interior, the latches for the convertible top are broken. The top will currently latch on the driver’s side by a modified repaired latch but the passenger’s side will need modification or repairs. There are some minor cracks in the surface of the steering wheel commonly found with 60’s style steering wheels but it does not distract from the overall look of the vehicle. Additionally, all of the manual crank windows operate but are stiff in both the raise and lower operations.
Mechanically, this AMC Rambler American is a true runner. It will achieve and maintain highway speeds with no issues such as overheating or vibrations. The gears shift very well and the clutch is tight and responsive. The idle quality is good and the engine purrs quietly and smoothly. There are no odd noises or smoke or vibrations coming from the engine. There are some very small fluid leaks and are only noticed if the vehicle has been left sitting in one place over a period of a weeks. The only significant issue known with the car is the heater core. It is currently bypassed and because of this, it is assumed that it is leaking and will need repair.
This AMC Rambler American Convertible is turnkey fun. Put the top down and drive off with a smile.
Number of cylinders/type: inline 6 Cyl.
Displacement:195.6 cu. in. 3.2L
3.13 in. bore x 4.25 in. stroke.
Horsepower: 125 HP
Compression ratio: 8.0:1
Transmission type: Three Speed Manual
Weight: 2752 lbs.
Brake type: Front Disk/Rear Drums
Original list price: $2,346 Original List Price
The little Rambler American had a convoluted family background. The Rambler began life as a compact built by Nash in 1950 and became a separate line in 1955, after the merger of Nash and Hudson in 1954 created American Motors. During the ‘50s and ‘60s when large, gas-guzzling car were the norm in the U.S., the compact and economical Ramblers, especially the American, represented a genuine alternative for cost conscious drivers. The Rambler American series that produces our featured car began in 1958 and evolved through three series, ’58-’60,’61-’63, and ’64-’69. The ’64 American was the product of designer Richard Teague who would go on to design the sporty Javelin and AMX. The new design was a clean, elegantly simple form with tunneled headlights flanking a simple horizontal grille. The wheelbase grew six inches from its previous generation and front coil suspension combined with relatively soft rear leaf springs gave a comfortable ride for a small car. Considered by many to be one of the best looking compacts of the day, the American was built in two and four door sedans, a wagon, and convertible. Several levels of trim and amenities gave buyers considerable choice in how to option their cars. The recession of the late 1950s led many American drivers to seriously consider fuel economy as a greater factor in their choice of car. Events like the Mobil Economy Run were very successfully used by AMC to showcase Rambler economy. A ’64 Rambler sedan averaged 27.8 mpg, the best mileage recorded that year.