Muscle Mail AMC BEST LETTER
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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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