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Lot Number
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1960 American Motors Rambler Ambassador Custom Hardtop Sedan
2017 Monical Collection Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: H100777
• AMC’s distinctively styled top model for 1960
• Formerly part of the Sterling McCall Old Car Museum
• Older yet very attractive restoration; excellent period livery
• Eye popping tri-tone interior and upholstery combination
• Strong 270 HP 327 V-8 engine/three-speed manual powertrain

327 cid V-8 engine, Holley four-barrel carburetor, 270 HP at 4,700 rpm, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with four-link suspension including trailing arms and coil springs, front disc, rear drum hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 117”


Following the establishment of American Motors Corp. (AMC) in 1954 via the merger of Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson, the Nash and Hudson nameplates were dropped before the start of 1958 and the compact American was joined by the restyled Rambler/Rambler Rebel and the top-tier Ambassador, in essence a V-8, long-wheelbase Rambler.

Returning for 1959 and then restyled for 1960 and 1961, the Ambassador was offered along the Deluxe Line four-door Fleet Sedan, the Super Line in four-door Sedan and six- or eight-passenger Station Wagon body styles, and the Custom Line including the four-door Sedan, four-door Country Club Hardtop Sedan and six-passenger Country Club Hardtop Station Wagon, plus six- and eight-passenger Station Wagons. Powering the Ambassador was a 327 cubic-inch V-8 that was a Nash legacy item, producing 270-horsepower with a four-barrel carburetor. Boasting heavy construction, the Ambassador 327 V-8 also provided exceptional durability.

Only about 22,000 Ambassadors were produced in all for 1960, including 10,949 examples of the Rambler Ambassador Custom Sedan, including the striking example offered here. Formerly part of the Sterling McCall Old Car Museum collection and acquired by Bobby Monical during 2007, this 1960 AMC Ambassador Custom Sedan is an unusual and fascinating find at auction. According to the Sterling McCall Old Car Museum, this car was built at the old factory by enthusiasts using left over parts. Continuing to benefit from an older and full restoration, it features striking white over pink livery, complemented by steel wheels with full bright wheel covers, period style whitewall tires, and nice complete brightwork and emblems. The interior is particularly eye catching, with grey patterned seating surfaces punctuated by pink inserts on the seat backs and bold V-shaped white stripes delineating the grey and pink fabrics. Door panels and armrests are trimmed in pink with horizontal V-accents in white. Seatbelts and two-tone grey pattern and pink headrests – available from AMC long before other manufacturers offered them - heighten passenger safety and comfort, consistent AMC selling points. Other distinctive features include a two-tone steering wheel with an elaborate chrome horn ring and oval instrument panel. An AM radio, clock, and accessory compass are other highlights. Underhood resides the nicely finished Rambler V-8 engine, retaining proper components and accessories, matched to a standard three-speed manual transmission. Unusual and interesting, the Monical Collection’s 1960 Rambler Ambassador Custom Sedan is a wonderful example from the last smaller independent American automaker to successfully compete with the “Big Three.”

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