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AJ's Car of the Day '63 Rambler American Convertible
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Car: Rambler American Convertible

Year: 1963

What makes it special: The Rambler American was manufactured by the American Motors Corporation (or just AMC) between 1958 and 1969. The American was the second incarnation of AMC's forerunner Nash Motors second-generation Rambler compact that was sold under the Nash and Hudson Motors marques from 1954 and 1955. The compact Rambler American was most often the lowest priced car built in the U.S. It was popular for its economy to own.

What made it famous: For 1963, model designations were changed once again with the 400 now called 440. A new hardtop coupe body design debuted, whose steel roof was designed to mimic the appearance of a closed convertible top. This was a one-model-year-only design with a thin profile, clean lines, stamped faux-convertible ribs, and a textured finish. A special top-of-the-line model called the 440-H was equipped with sports-type features including individually adjustable reclining front bucket seats and a center console, as well as a more powerful 138 hp version of Rambler's 195.6 cu in inline-6 engine. An optional console shifted "Twin-Stick" manual overdrive transmission was introduced. This transmission has a bigger gap between 2nd and 3rd gears compared to the regular 3-speed transmissions with overdrive. This allowed the transmission to be shifted as a 5-speed. The Twin-Stick-shift had the kick-down button on top of the main shift-knob to facilitate five-speed shifting. The convertible and hardtop were the sportiest of the Rambler Americans.

Why I would want one: I love the uncommon, hardly seen and out-of-the-ordinary, and this totally fills that need.

Fun fact: The entire product line from AMC earned the Motor Trend Car of the Year award for 1963. 

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