1960 Rambler American Custom

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Here's a proto-AMC to remind us of the transience of car companies.

1960 Rambler American Custom

Ramblers and AMCs haven't been particularly plentiful on the streets of Alameda, but we've seen a handful. This '61 American, this '65 American, this '69 Ambassador SST Wagon, and this '76 Pacer pretty much sums it up, though I could add a few more if we consider pre-Chrysler Jeeps to be members of the AMC family tree.

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 was the last year for the upside-down-bathtub Rambler styling. A low sticker price was the main goal for this car, and AMC was quite successful; car shoppers could get a two-door 1960 Rambler Deluxe Business Coupe (back seat not included) for just $1,781. Compare that to the $1,912 price tag on the cheapest Ford Falcon, or the $1,984 Chevy Corvair sedan. Or, heck, even the $1,565 '60 Volkswagen Beetle- the extra couple hundred bucks got you a much more traditional-looking and substantial car than what Wolfsburg had to offer.

1960 Rambler American Custom

The American's low price tag came with a few compromises, of course. Even this relatively high-zoot Custom (priced at $2,059) came with a flathead inline-six engine as standard equipment. That's right, you could still buy a new car with a flathead in the 1960s!


1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom

1960 Rambler American Custom


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