Weekend Edition – Ramblers are finally bringing in the bucks at Barrett-Jackson

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Continuing on with our Auction Weekend Edition, and a curious thing has happened at the Barrett-Jackson extravaganza… there were three Ramblers (Yes, Ramblers) that rung the bell with their final auction prices. Of course they were special, so let’s take a look at them…

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The first Rambler is this very special 1951 Nash Rambler Convertible, and it’s stunning. For those of you that are as old enough to remember, this is almost the exact car used by the fictional Lois Lane character in the television series, “The Amazing Adventures of Superman”. I can understand why this car was used back then… It was a very stylish, well equipped small car for the time. This car was one year newer that the car used for the series, and according to the listing:

Rare 1951 Nash rail top convertible. Great from top to bottom. Restored to concours standards. The rail top convertible was a stunning body style in 1951 and still is some 62 years later. This Nash is nicely equipped with a 6 cylinder, 3-peed with overdrive, deluxe radio, heater, electric clock and a brown power convertible top. The interior is restored with new old stock material and is absolutely beautiful. This car was shown and judged at Forest Grove Concours d’ Elegance and won Best Post War Car. Museum Quality Car. Comes with literature and manuals including owner’s manual, Nash identification card, salesman color and upholstery selection book, salesman daily log book, Nash Motors Division complete manual, tie clasp pins and brochures.

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What a great period piece, and this car was sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction for $29,150. This is probably a bargain compared with the Muscle Cars and other Special Interest cars that go for hundreds of thousands of dollars, but I bet this is a sign that these unique cars are on the rise… See the listing here.

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The next Rambler featured was one of the last Ramblers built as there would be no Rambler models built for 1970. This is a 1969 AMC SC/Rambler, which was a joint venture between AMC and Hurst Performance. This is the garish “A” color scheme, and according to the listing:

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.


As with any 60s Muscle Cars, these are now starting to command large amounts of cash, and this one sold for $48,400! It’s too bad though, because this little Rambler will probably become a Museum Piece, or Trailer Queen from now on. See the listing here.

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The last Rambler featured is this 1969 AMC SC/Rambler, only this time with the “B” color scheme, which is less garish, and I think less desirable (but I was proven wrong this time). According to the listing:

Incredible history, original Johnny Lightning templete car with documents, documented extensively. Rare factory 390 cross ram 2×4 barrel carburetors, Hurst 4-speed. Photos from 70s, owner history. Featured in several magazines and “B” Scheme. 2005 AACA National Eastern Division Award winner. 2005 AACA Race Competition certified.

This is a car with a documented history, and has a couple of performance upgrades compared to the Rambler above, and this reflected in the final hammer price: $66,000! Wow! See the listing here, and tell me what you think about these Ramblers.

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10 responses to “Weekend Edition – Ramblers are finally bringing in the bucks at Barrett-Jackson”

  1. Sjalabais Avatar

    Just wondering…the Rambler bathtub convertible – what would people say about it in its time? Is the BMW Mini convertible a kind of successor-in-spirit? Thinking about the discussion we had recently about those fake "utilities" by "premium" brands. The social context of cars is often at least as interesting as the cars themselves, imho.

  2. $kaycog Avatar

    This gentleman's website has some of the neatest photos of Rambler/Nash cars on car carriers. His uncle drove a car transport out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where they were built. http://route66rambler.com/forum/topicview/misc/fa
    <img src="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c191/BobsEagles/1950NashRamblersoncarcarrier.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

    1. wisc47 Avatar

      Beautiful pictures; it's sad though, they're demolishing that plant currently.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      It's so cool to see trucks with faces. They just don't make them anymore.

  3. Devin Avatar

    I am all about the bathtub. I know the Rambler is faster and probably cooler, but there's something about the bathtub that makes me want to drive around at low speeds listening to the soul music and that's a good thing.

    1. Alcology Avatar

      Definitely! This color is pretty perfect for it too.

  4. CherokeeOwner Avatar

    The perfect three car garage for the Ramblin' Man.

  5. stigshift Avatar

    There is a bathtub Rambler convertible in the garage next door to me. Rust free, unrestored, partially disassembled. It's been there since the late 60's. I've seen it once in the 15 years I've lived here. I do have pictures, but they're not digital. I want that thing SO bad it hurts.

    1. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      Make Offer.

  6. mseoul Avatar

    Great pictures, thanks for posting the link. It was rare to take that many "mundane" photos in that pre-digital era and its wonderful they have been preserved and put on public view.