AMC Scrambler

The year 1969 marks a special event – the production of the AMC Rambler. This was a very limited release vehicle of which only 1,512 were ever produced. In fact, it was probably the only production model manufactured and promoted for a target racing class, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) F/Stock class. Racing had earned its place in the market and was a hot segment to appeal to for many reasons, one of which was for the esteem and prestige that the maker could attain by producing a top notch performance vehicle. The AMC Rambler came equipped with AMC's powerful 390 in<sup>3</sup> V8 from the AMX and was mated to a four-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter. The drive train was also strengthened and the body components were impeccable. American Motors, which was not individually equipped to produce a performance vehicle of this kind, called on Hurst Performance Research Inc. to develop a "Stock Car" model, which humorously was nicknamed the "Scrambler" in an effort to make a strong impact in the compact muscle market segment. The Rambler was available only as a two-door hardtop with standard gray vinyl reclining bucket seats and flashy red, white, and blue headrests. Drivers loved the Sun (brand) tachometer strapped to the steering column, which added to this model's appeal in the newly acquired segment. The exterior of the vehicle was anything but mundane! The Ramblers came with the craziest factory paint jobs ever put on muscle cars until that time. Additional featured also included a box-type hood scoop with "390 CU. IN." and "AIR" in large letters on both sides of it. For those with less than stellar eyesight, a blue arrow on the hood also pointed towards the air intake. The Scrambler came only in two types of red, white, and blue color schemes ("A" or "B" trims). Looks as though sometimes simpler is better, for the Rambler came with no other available options with the exception of an AM radio. Standard items were plenty though, and drivers could enjoy racing mirrors, anti-hop rear axle links, and two-tone styled wheels with red stripe Goodyear Polyglas tires. This was a car to be taken seriously considering it could run a quarter of a mile in as fast as 14s at about 100 mph. WOW!