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The reader’s let­ter that is judged to be the best in each is­sue will win a Meguiar’s de­tail­ing pack.

Rebel with a cause

story about the AMI AMX (is­sue #77) re­vived many mem­o­ries of our fam­ily work­horse, a lo­cally-as­sem­bled 1967 Ram­bler Rebel 770 Cross Coun­try sta­tion wagon.

The facts you printed were quite re­veal­ing as to the lo­cal con­tent of th­ese cars.

My fa­ther pur­chased the car sec­ond-hand from a lo­cal friend/car dealer in Dubbo in late 1972 to re­place an ail­ing AP5 Sa­fari wagon.

The Rebel had been used since new by the re­gional sales rep for Myer Western Stores in NSW.

Whilst it is hardly a clas­sic mus­cle car, for a 1967 model it was quite in­cred­i­ble when com­pared to lo­cal brands of the same era. The pow­er­plant was a 4bbl 290ci V8 with three­speed auto col­umn shift. Disc brakes on the front, drums on the rear.

The sus­pen­sion was quite unique for a wagon in Aus­tralia; it had four coil sus­pen­sion! I re­mem­ber crawl­ing un­der the rear to see a sys­tem of trail­ing arms and a pan­hard rod setup.

The tail­gate opened with hinges on the right-hand side, open­ing like a con­ven­tional car door and the tail­gate win­dow was elec­tri­cally op­er­ated by a key in the tail­gate and also via a switch mounted to the lower dash.

It had the Mark IV air-con­di­tioner in­stalled as well. A real bonus was the fold-down rear-fac­ing seat in the rear, with the bench front-seat it was a gen­uine eight-seater.

With the built-in roof rack, a tow­bar and trailer at­tached we trav­elled many thou­sands of miles in grand com­fort – and there were Mum, Dad and six kids. Oc­ca­sion­ally we would come across other Rebel wag­ons which gen­er­ated a lot of ex­cite­ment.

An at­tendee of our lo­cal church had a bronze six-cylin­der Ram­bler Hornet with 10inch wide tyres, and a mate in my soc­cer team, his Dad bought a Rebel four-door sedan with a 343 along with some wild sto­ries about what his brother could do with it.

So th­ese cars were def­i­nitely out and about in the 1970s. As for our green beast, it was knocked back for rego in 1979 due to cor­ro­sion in the front cross­mem­ber, so Dad re­luc­tantly

The Fi­nal Fron­tier

II’d like to thank you for mak­ing the Shell Sier­ras the fea­ture cars in the lat­est is­sue of AMC. It’s good to see the mag­a­zine mov­ing on a bit and broad­en­ing its fo­cus, the same as V8 Su­per­cars is now do­ing.

I can re­call email­ing [found­ing ed­i­tor] Mark Oastler 10 years ago and sug­gest­ing that there were cars wor­thy of be­ing in AMC, cars that are part of mus­cle car his­tory with­out be­ing the clas­sic def­i­ni­tion of a mus­cle car. He even printed my let­ter in the mag­a­zine and agreed with me, but un­til the re­cent in­clu­sion of the BMWs and now the Sier­ras it’s taken this long to hap­pen.

I be­lieve it is now time for AMC to cross the fi­nal fron­tier and fea­ture Ja­panese cars, in par­tic­u­lar Mof­fat’s RX7 and the Nis­sans in var­i­ous in­car­na­tions, start­ing with the Blue­birds. Both th­ese are im­por­tant parts of Group C/A his­tory and the rac­ing pro­grams for th­ese cars would be a very in­ter­est­ing read, par­tic­u­larly as side­lined it in the back­yard where dur­ing a garage sale it was no­ticed, an of­fer was made and the last I saw it was be­ing towed away.

I never saw it again. Apart from the seven years of re­li­able long dis­tance trans­port it gave, my fond­est mem­ory was in 1975 when prior to a another long trip Dad de­cided to have it dyno tuned.

Stand­ing there as a 15-year-old watch­ing it wound out to 90mph on the rollers was quite a buzz!

Thanks for the story AMC, from one of your many happy sub­scribers, Fred Gib­son and Al­lan Mof­fat are friends of AMC and could give the back­ground story.

The in­clu­sion of ‘other’ cars has broad­ened V8 Su­per­cars and made it more in­ter­est­ing with­out, it would ap­pear, alien­at­ing tra­di­tional sup­port­ers as Group A did and I think AMC can do the same.

DJR Sierra fan boy


lat­est is­sue of AMC has proven to be a must read for fans of the all-con­quer­ing DJR Sier­ras. That in­cludes one J. Bowe.

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