Just in case we haven't already made it perfectly clear, we love station wagons here at the Jalop. We also love AMCs, so it made my day when I spotted this sharp '69 Ambassador wagon parked in Alameda's South Shore neighborhood.

First off, it's got the 343 engine. You don't see many 343s; AMC made them for just a few years. Of course, if I owned this car it would have a 401 under the hood (but I'd keep the 343 emblems).

The '69 Ambassador SST wagon went for $3998, a fairly steep price when you consider that the '69 Ford Country Squire went for $3644 and the Chevy Kingswood Estate carried a $3678 price tag.

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But when you went with the AMC, you got a bunch of cool little details. Check out this beautiful side mirror!

Or the fancy tiedowns by the roof rack!

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The big Wisconsin wagon definitely had more style than your typical late-60s Detroit wagon. Weird Rambler-y style, sure, but that counts too.

A little hint of fin for the tailight lets the world know you haven't sold out just because you're driving a family hauler; this must have been the wagon to bring to swingin' suburban key parties.

That distinctive Kenosha grille might as well have big neon letters spelling out A-M-C.

The SST was the top trim level for the Ambassador in '69. For $168 extra, you could get the 315-horse 390 engine; unfortunately, the 4-speed wasn't an available factory option in the Ambassador that year (but an agreeable AMC dealership may have been able to find a way to get one for you).

Other than the taped-up taillight lens, this wagon is in great original condition.