Welcome to a belated edition of Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday. 1958 proved to be a watershed year in America. After VJ and VE day, the American economy was booming with virtually limitless opportunities. There was the expanding suburbs, the building of the Interstate Highway system, and the car makers were producing cars at record levels. However, there was a crippling recession right at the beginning of 1958, which changed the American attitude about their automotive choices, and the biggest beneficiary in the changing of the car buying habits of the average American was American Motors. There were all new Rambler models for 1957, the large Hudson and Nash models were discontinued, and the Rambler American was (re) introduced with a price under $2,000. Our featured car was not all new, but it looked new for 1958 with the quad headlamp treatment in the front, and the tasteful fins at the rear, and help American Motors become the only domestic automaker to record higher sales over the previous year.
This is a 1958 Rambler Custom Cross Country 6 passenger wagon with low mileage on the odometer. According to the listing:
1958 Rambler Custom Cross Country Wagon, 76,000 miles, totally rust free Texas car, very nice original Alamo Beige and Cinnamon Bronze paint, excellent original matching interior, smooth 196 cu in 127 HP 6 cylinder engine, rare and economical 3-speed manual with overdrive transmission, air conditioning, AM radio, reclining seats, wide white wall tires, seat belts, roof rack, new brakes, water pump, battery, fuel pump, exhaust, tune-up, tons of spare parts, drive anywhere!
Asking price for this rolling piece of 50s Americana? $16,500. See the listing here.
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