Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Marlin Sport Sedan

Just a quick chop showing a 4 door hardtop Marlin. I lowered the roof about an inch, maybe two, which lengthens the car even more than the '67 facelift, and the move to the Ambassador's longer wheelbase for its last year. Just by adding a second set of door handles, it's weird, but the car just looks better to me. It seems almost mainstream to these 21st century eyes. The only detail I had to change from stock was the odd trim piece in front of the rear bumper. There are nicely pressed-in 'bomb' shapes in the sheetmetal near the front and rear bumpers. but for some reason AMC stuck on an unneeded piece of trim, a rare design misstep, in my opinion. So I took the molding off and left the nicely sculpted sheetmetal instead.  I didn't even enlarge the wheels or change the hubcaps. It's all nicely period the way it is. Oh, and I added local Goldenrod to the background, lol.

This isn't a chop, just a quick photoshop collage of a '62 Rambler Classic Custom sedan. A few of us here have professed admiration for American Motors Corporation, AMC, and the earlier Nash, Hudson and, of course, the Rambler. I found this clean specimen for sale at the Goldenrod Garage, a reputable purveyor of older cars. They're located in Freeport, Maine, and have been taking ads in Hemming's Motor News for decades. I can remember looking at their black and white ads in early issues of Hemmings printed on actual newsprint. Nowadays they have a website of course, linked above, and show several views of each car for sale. 

I found this image, at Wikipedia, of the sixties Rambler logo. What a beautiful example of corporate logo art from later mid-century design. Love, love, love, mid-century modern design in all things, furniture, architecture, fashion and of course industrial/transportation designs. 

Looking at the '62 Classic I collaged above, I'm struck at what a perfect package it really was. It was not anywhere near as long or as heavy as the 'low-priced three' from the big mfrs. It used a unit-bodied, all welded structure, good for lightweight and rigidity. By this time they had a choice of modern V8s and a mix of sixes. They had all the optional extras the major players offered. The Edmund Anderson-directed styling of these Ramblers seems almost European to me today, and overall really attractive. I could see a resto-mod version, completely stock on the outside, complete with wheelcovers and whitewalls, but with 4 Recaro buckets and full leather interior with all the modern-day goodies. Maybe upholstered in turquoise like the original!


  1. CAsey,

    That Marlin looks great -- four-door coupe, anyone? And the 62 Rambler -- well, I've always loved those. I was a bit disappointed that for 62 they made the Ambassador basically a fancier V8 Classic but it was a wonderful car nonetheless. When we were family-car shopping in the Fall of 1962, one of the cars we looked at was a Classic Super (mid-trim level) two-door sedan (I was delighted that they introduced the first 108" two-door for 62), grey with a black, white and red interior. We didn't get it because it was an automatic and my dad never owned an automatic. He thought that it if you couldn't drive a manual transmission, you shouldn't be driving! We ended up with a 53 Falcon, 85 hp and three-speed manual. I would have loved to have had that Rambler!

    Paul, NYC

  2. My inner AMC geek is coming out of the closet, lol. I think I'll clean up a bunch of photos of these cool cars just for quick collages like this. I can always use them in a piece of art someday!

  3. Pray tell what in the world is this car spotted in LA:

    credit to lynn ferguson blog spot:

  4. Annie, it is a manufacturer's test vehicle - note the "M" on the license plate - they always camouflage them when they are out testing on public streets. Seeing that it was seen in LA my guess is that it is an upcoming Toyota - they have a design center there

  5. Hey thanks, I knew you were my go to guy on this. lol

  6. it might be a Toyota that isn't even going to be on sale in the US. They test a lot of their world models here. It's intriguing though!

  7. lol and I thought it was a "ding protection" option.

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