1961 Rambler Classic

1961 RAMBLER CLASSIC - AN AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR?
First off, NO. Not even close. So why include it in this website about awesome American Muscle Cars? To try to give some perspective on the AMC brand in the early 1960s. At this point, there was little thought of building muscle cars going on at AMC. Heck, the first true muscle car didn't come out until 1964. AMC wasn't even particularly concerned with high performance. What they were very interested in, and also happened to be very good at, was producing low-priced, economical cars for thrifty American families who wanted a good, reliable car. It's not that they were primitive necessarily, because some came fairly well-equipped for the day. And look at the detail that went into the dash on this car. AMC, through its brands Nash and Rambler had defined themselves as builders of finely-crafted bargain-priced car. Sort of an oxymoron. But, for them, at the time, it sort of worked. AMC never sold nearly the cars of even the smallest of Detroit's Big 3 (that would be Chrysler). But it wasn't for lack of build-quality, because AMCs and Ramblers were actually very good cars, relative to their peers. Probably the biggest thing that held AMC down was their stodgy styling. No matter how they tried, they just never seemed to hit the sweet spot. And in the end, looks sell.

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1961 Rambler Classic SPECIFICATIONS

Manuacturer

Vehicle type

Drivetrain layout

Engine type

Displacement

Bore & Stroke

Compression Ratio

Standard Engine

Optional Engine

Wheelbase

Weight

Tire size

American Motors Corp (AMC)

4-door compact sedan

Front-engine, rear-drive

OHV inline 6

196 ci / 3.2L

3.125" X 4.25"

8.7:1

1X1bbl carb; 127hp @ 4200rpm; 180 lb/ft @ 1600rpm

1X2bbl carb; 138hp @ 4500rpm; 185 lb/ft @ 1800rpm

108 in

2,583 lbs

6.40" X 14"


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CARS OF AMERICAN MOTORS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY


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AMC JAVELIN & AMX MUSCLE CAR RESTORATION 1968-1974


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1973 AMC FACTORY SHOP MANUAL REPRINT


1966-72 AMC HI-PERFORMANCE MODS MANUAL





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