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AJ's Car of the Day '70 AMC Rebel "The Machine"

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Car: AMC Rebel "The Machine"

Year: 1970

What makes them special: AMC's Rebel "The Machine" was available in 1970 following the 1969 AMC SC/Rambler model. They were introduced in a marketing campaign made up of 10 cars in total ( 5 with automatics and 5 with 4-speed manual transmissions) that were driven from the factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Dallas, Texas and raced in the condition they arrived in. Four of those cars "in bone-stock trim" ran solid mid-14s on press day at Dallas International Motor Speedway. The Machine could go from 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds, and had a top speed of 127 mph.

What made them famous: Developed in a collaboration between Hurst Performance and AMC, they were known for their Patriotic Red, White and Blue paint scheme and bold "The Machine" badging on the body. ( They were available in a few regular colors mid-year.) The standard engine in The Machine was AMC's 340 hp, 390 cu in, 10.0:1 compression, 4-barrel V8  with special heads, valve train, cam, redesigned intake and exhaust. It was the most powerful engine in any AMC vehicle while keeping the requirements for normal street use, sporting a large "Ram-Air intake" hood scoop with a large rear hood scoop integrated tachometer that was visible to the driver.

Why I would want one: "The Machine" has been in the top 3 of my bucket-list-of-cars-to-own-someday for many, many years. I love everything about the car, and it's not a question of IF I ever get one...but more of a WHEN, in this case.

Fun fact: The Rebel Machine's distinctive paint job, rakish nose-down attitude and obvious performance let the  buyer quote: "Do your own thing." AMC claimed in its marketing promotion that "The Machine is not that fast," but that the car was capable to "give many muscle cars from the big three (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler) a run for their money".

(1970 AMC Rebel "The Machine" photo from carsonline.com)


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