Weekend Edition Quick Hit – This is a 1973 AMC Ambassador Brougham with a Honkin' 401…

1973 AMC Ambassador Brougham - Google Chrome 962014 54104 PM.bmp You all know I have a feature that appears on Friday called the Obscure Muscle Car Garage, which it gives you the chance to vote on cars that you have never thought of as Muscle Cars, and grant them entry into the Garage. Last Friday, you didn’t agree with me that a Buick Lacrosse was an Obscure Muscle Car (with one comment that suggested that I fold the series altogether (!)). Well, here is a car that I would have probably included, and it is now for sale on Craigslist… 1973 AMC Ambassador Brougham - Google Chrome 962014 54005 PM.bmp This is a 1973 AMC Ambassador Brougham, which I have read that All Ambassadors were for the 1973 model year. Let’s read the listing, and then I will fill in with some interesting information found out and about on the web…

Have for Sale. 1973 AMC Ambassador Brougham 4 Door Sedan. 401 CI Engine. Automatic Transmission. Runs Good. Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Windows, Tilt Wheel. Vynal Roof. A/C needs belt & ?.

1973 AMC Ambassador Brougham - Google Chrome 962014 54030 PM.bmp Let’s talk about the Ambassador… This was AMC’s full sized sedan, except it was only a mid-sized sedan with an extra 4 inches in wheelbase, all forward of the firewall. This was a slight-of-hand that AMC was masterful a during it’s entire history. However, let’s concentrate on that Honkin’ 401 engine for a moment. It was introduced for the 1971 selling season, and produced 330 HP and 430 lb/ft of torque. By 1972, the horsepower rating was revised to the SAE Net ratings industry wide, and the 401 was rated at 235 HP, producing 345 lb/ft of torque. This was still respectable during this time period, as the Ambassador weighed in at 3,900 pounds. 1973 AMC Ambassador Brougham - Google Chrome 962014 54036 PM.bmp The seller of this very Brown Brougham wants $5,500 for it, and that may be a little high, but what the hell do I know. This is a special car, and someone might find it appealing. See the South Bend Craigslist Listing here, and tell me what you think about this Ambassador. 1973 AMC Ambassador Brougham - Google Chrome 962014 54043 PM.bmp

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