Car: AMC SC/Rambler-Hurst
What makes it special: After dipping into performance with their 1968 AMX and Javelin pony cars, Detroit's No. 4 automaker decided to expand into the budget-muscle arena with a special muscle car version of their Rambler Rogue compact. Introduced midway through the model year as the AMC SC/Rambler-Hurst, most refer to it as the Scrambler. Only 1,512 of these potent little screamers were produced. The 1969 AMC Hurst SC/Rambler could blow the doors off some pedigreed muscle cars.
What made it famous: Known for either of their two available Red, White & Blue paint schemes, SC/Ramblers were built under direction by Hurst Performance Research Inc. following the most basic hot-rod idea: Stuff in the biggest available engine. In this case, an AMX 315 hp, 390 cu in 4-barrel V8. A Hurst floor shifted Borg-Warner 4-speed backed up by a 3.54:1 limited-slip completed the SC/Rambler's drivetrain. Other features were heavy-duty shocks, anti-sway bar, and anti-hop rear links fortifying its suspension. E70Xl4 Polyglas tires and optional heavy-duty front-disc brakes were included. Instrumentation was standard Rogue with the exception of a steering column mounted Sun 8000-rpm tachometer.
Why I would want one: It's one of the most famous muscle cars ever built. Plus, the Rambler Rogue body was lightweight, made for an economy engine. Stuffing a potent V8 into that platform equals white knuckle performance. And that is a "must-have" in my book!
Fun fact: Although they are famous for their exterior paint treatment, no one at the time seemed to like it. Car and Driver magazine even called the SC/Rambler a "tri-colored nickelodeon." Ouch!
(1969 AMC SC/Rambler photo from photobucket.com)
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