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AJ's Car of the Day: 1969 American Motors Corporation ( AMC ) SC / Rambler 2-door Hardtop (Paint Scheme "B")

Car: American Motors Corporation ( AMC ) SC / Rambler 2-door Hardtop ( Paint Scheme "B" )

 Year: 1969

 What makes it special: The Hurst SC/Rambler were produced in 1969 in collaboration with Hurst Performance products. They were the only production model made and promoted for a specific drag racing class, the National Hot Rod Association's F/Stock class.

 What made it famous: Their patriotic Red, White and Blue paint schemes, ( shown in Paint Scheme "B." Paint Scheme "A" had a bold, wide red stripe along the sides of the car's body. ) The Hurst SC/Rambler came equipped with the 315 hp, 390 cu in AMC AMX V8  that was mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter, 3.54:1 "Twin-Grip" limited slip differential, heavy-duty brakes with front discs and a sway bar, and strengthened drivetrain and body components. Also, it sported a box-type hood scoop. (With Paint Scheme "A," a blue arrow on the hood pointed towards the air intake.)

 Why I would want one: It's a compact car with a potent V8 backed up by a 4-speed transmission. That combination equals some good times on the road. Plus, it is a one-year-only Muscle Car with only 1,512 built...and of those 1,512 built, only 324 were in paint scheme "B."   

 Fun fact: The most asked question is which is correct: to call it an "SC / Rambler," or "Scrambler ?"  So, here's some backstory: When the project originated, American Motors called on Hurst to develop a "Stock Car" (SC) meaning "original factory" production model, so the Ramblers were nicknamed "Scrambler", to make a strong impact in the compact muscle market. So, either is correct.

 

( 1969 AMC SC / Rambler photo from barrett-jackson.com )

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