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AJ's Car of the Day 1965 AMC Rambler Marlin
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Car: American Motors Corporation Rambler Marlin

Year: 1965

What makes it special: Officially announced in February, 1965 and unveiled in Rambler showrooms that March, AMC billed the Marlin as a new addition to the company's self-styled "Sensible Spectaculars" model line. It was aimed at buyers wanting a sporty fastback that was also roomy and comfortable.

What made it famous: Just after the famed muscle car launches of the 1960s, the Marlin was intended to outflank competitors as a product they did not offer. The V8 powered Marlins gave performance with a streamlined appearance, equipped with the AMC-designed 270 hp, 327 cu in 4-barrel V8. It was usually backed up by its innovative optional "Twin-Stick" manual transmission with overdrive.

Why I would want one: The Marlin is not only famous for it's body style, but also fairly rare to find. They are cherished by those who are lucky enough to own one. It's a cool, different approach to the mid-60's muscle car movement. I dig it.

Fun fact: The roof was cut off a 1966 Marlin for the Florida Marlins baseball team. With no seats except for the driver, the car was used in parades and on-field ceremonies at Dolphins Stadium and transported the team's mascot "Billy the Marlin" for the fans in their 1997 world championship season.

( 1965 AMC Rambler Marlin photo from carsandracingstuff.com )

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