When you bought a new car in 1960, you were making a statement. Excessive chrome, wild tail fins and space age interiors were the norm. Pulling that shiny new car into your driveway was sure to be a beacon for jealous neighbors eager to congratulate you on your latest automotive conquest. But what about the guy who came home in a new Rambler American? Now that’s a statement purchase- a boring no frills beige station wagon was the epitome of practicality in a time of excess. You can find this functional little 2 door wagon on Collector Car Ads when the seller is asking $5,000.
The body looks to be very straight and the chrome and trim pieces look to be in good shape as well. Front floor pans were rusty but repaired and according to the seller done nicely. A small spot of rust is developing on the front fender.
Although mechanically it’s said to be in good shape there are a few issues including the carburetor needing a rebuild and a leak in the automatic transmission seal. The interior has issues and will likely need to be completely redone.
This was a simple car in 1960 and it’s simplicity now makes it an easy mostly stock restoration or there’s the possibility of making it a nice V8 sleeper. Either way the cool factor of a 2 door Rambler wagon makes this an intriguing find.