The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer
Behind all the jokes and insults, the AMC Pacer is actually a car with a
great deal of history. It began as radical new design from an underdog
company. In an attempt to combat the big, bland, boxy cars from Detroit's
"Big Three," little American Motors Corporation decided to build something
a little different. Their one-eyed car stylist Dick Teague proposed a
small, wide car with big windows and smooth areodynamics. Americans had
never seen anything like it.
This in-depth documentary tells the true story of the Pacer. Unbeknownst
to many, the car persevered through manufacturing setbacks, government
regulations, and many other troubles. Featuring a ton of old car
advertisements and rare footage of AMC's factory, the film helps paint a
picture of the Pacer's world. Director Joe Ligo sits down with AMC stylist
Vincent Geraci, author Patrick Foster, and television personalities John
Davis and Pat Goss from PBS's MotorWeek.
Beep Beep Rambler
Father and son combine efforts to restore a '58 Rambler. Yes, yes, I know
the "Little Nash Rambler" in the song is a Metropolitan but we were just
having a little fun. OK?
Photos were shot in Gig Harbor and Fox Island, WA and Cincinnati, OH.
Thanks for watching!
Will it Run? Episode 7: 1964 Rambler 660 "Cross Country" Station Wagon
Cold War Motors just picked up this tidy 1964 Rambler 660 Wagon. It's got
the 196 c.i. ohv 6 cylinder engine and a 1 barrel carb. It's a 3 speed auto
with manual steering and brakes. Let's get it to go! The fuel pump was
shot from sitting so long, but otherwise the Rambler was complete. I think
the car has been off the road since the early 80's, judging by the bias
tires and old registrations. As per viewer requests, no more music! Thanks
for checking it out!
Rambler 1961 Hot Rod Sleeper
1961 Rambler with a 406 SBC , 700R4 race built 2500 stall , heavy duty
9inch rearend, 4.11 gears traction lock posi , ladder bar suspension, 20x9
real Crager SS
1959 Rambler American Stationwagon Modified Wht KissimmeeAuction012014
You may remember that I videoed a similar wagon in some need of
restoration...well, this is a prime example of how it could turn out! The
engine has been replaced by a 5 liter Ford V8 and automatic transmission!
The modification isn't so apparent until you lift the hood! Amazingly well
done! This has to be a peppy car, but still a very practical one,
relatively lilght weight, and the ability to handle bulky cargo! If
American Motors had produced it this way...who knows how many they could
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra had Rambler as a sponsor on their early TV
program on Philadelphia TV. Whiteman commissioned George Gershwin to
compose what would be called "Rhapsody in Blue"..and his orchestra
initially performed it with Gershwin at the piano. For those of you
interested, here are two performances:
1969 AMERICAN MOTORS SC/RAMBLER Only 124 are known to exist
The Hurst SC/Rambler was created in the spring of 1969.
This was a collaboration of American Motors and Hurst Performance.
There were 1,512 Hurst SC/Ramblers produced with an original selling
price of $2,998. One of 1,512 ever built and one 1,188 in the "A"
paint scheme. Only 124 are known to exist based on the
Hurst SC/Rambler registry. This is a 390, 4-speed and twin grip.
Full restoration. The car has its original engine and many NOS
parts were used in the restoration process. Options included with
the car: AMC 390/315hp, unique red/white/blue exterior pain and
headrests, functional Ram Air with hood scoop, 4-speed transmission
with Hurst shifter, HD suspension with sway bar, torque links, and
staggered shocks, HD cooling, power disc brakes and sun tachometer.
The Classic Cruiser Show #3 The 1957 Rambler Rebel
The 1957 AMC Rambler Rebel is often considered the first muscle car. WIth
it's light weight unitzed body and big 327 V8 engine it was the fastest
metal bodied car that year. The Rebel was loaded with options and special
trim. Only 1500 were built, making it a rare item today. This month the
Classic Cruiser Show highlights the first muscle car.
For more info on Nash and Rambler cars go to Nashcarclub.org
1956 Nash Ambassador Special V8 Custom Sedan Test Drive
This is the 56 Nash Ambassador Special V8 four door Custom Sedan owned
Peter and Mary. This complete restoration of excellent quality and high
standards was recently completed by Peter. He purchased the car from the
original owner and drove it home to begin the extensive restoration. The
car was completely disassembled and every detail recorded, inspected and
This Nash is has the Nash V8 that was introduced mid-year. This engine of
190 H.P. and 250 C.I. design was changed in 1957 to 327 C.I. and used in
the Rambler Jeep and all other AMC cars up into the 60's.
This was the most luxurious Nash model produced in the 50's. YES, it has
the fold-down seats that make into a bed. Nash offered camping accessories
such as removable bug screens for the windows and a mattress to place over
the top of the seats for additional comfort.
Peter painstakingly restored the car true to the correct original offering
including the 3-tone paint colors in Ballerina Red, Boulevard Gray and
Frost White. This is a striking color combination that represents some of
the bold colors offered by some manufactures of the time. The interior is
also absolutely correct and restored using the Silver Leaf pattern cloth
that Peter was able to source from SMS Interior fabrics in Oregon.
The car is a pleasure to drive and has already been shown and won "Best of
Show" and "First in Class" in well noted Concour d'Elegance events
including the Grand National Nash Club 2012 meeting in Idaho.
The car is not a "trailer queen" at all, Peter and Mary drive the car to
shows and enjoy the drive and getting together with other car buffs
wherever they go.