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  • The Rambler American line grew further with a new body style and a third trim level. A four-door sedan was added to all series, including the new top-line.

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    These schemes appeared randomly through early production. Self-adjusting brakes were added in Only the back glass changed to conform to the new roof line. Rogues also received grille trim that wrapped around the fender sides.

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    The Rambler American line grew further with a new body style and a third trim level. A four-door sedan was added to all series, including the new top-line Custom range. Unlike other Americans, the four-door wasn't hewn from old tooling.

    There had been a Nash Rambler four-door sedan in , but it was built on a inch wheelbase with a commensurately longer body. This new four-door was mounted on the same inch platform as the American two-door sedan and wagon.

    Engineers and stylists were able to come up with a good-looking design that allowed a large enough rear-door opening. No four-door wagon was planned; with a complete restyling due for the following year the cost of tooling up a new roof panel couldn't be justified.

    It's probable that the four-door sedan was added to counter Ford's new Falcon. Internal memos show that as early as May , AMC executives knew Ford was working on a compact car. That probably motivated AMC's slogan: In March came the new Custom series.

    Its features included color-keyed upholstery, custom steering wheel, full wheel discs, carpeted floor mats, dual horns, and bigger tires. Perhaps the most intriguing item on the Custom was a horsepower six-cylinder engine. It had the same bore and stroke dimensions as the engine in Deluxes and Supers but featured overhead valves and a compression ratio raised to 8. Because of space problems, air conditioning wasn't available with the ohv six. In a test of 10 domestic station wagons, Motor Trend found that the American Custom could hit 60 mph from a standing start in Yet it delivered mileage rivaling that of the Falcon," MT said.

    In the Mobilgas Economy Run, a Custom two-door sedan returned Further proof of the American's exceptional fuel economy came when an overdrive-equipped car driven coast to coast under NASCAR's watchful eyes averaged The American benefited from several improvements and refinements.

    The doors were redesigned to open at a degree angle -- they previously opened 55 degrees -- so entry and exit were much easier. Bonded brake linings replaced the riveted type used previously, linkage for the manual shift was improved, and fuel capacity was increased to 22 gallons. Exterior color choices were expanded to 12 solid and 22 two-tone combinations. Power steering was a new option. There was more to the American's appeal than just low price and high gas mileage.

    Rambler resale values ranked among the highest. Demand for the American continued to grow, climbing to , While the Custom series provided not quite 7, units to that total, the four-door sedan was a hit. It accounted for nearly 39 percent of assemblies, surpassing the two-door as the most popular American. In fact, these truly were AMC's "glory days. AMC's total sales for the fiscal year were , cars. The former underdog was now riding high, and Rambler had an enviable image as a "David" against the "Goliath" of the Big Three.

    The cleverly recycled Rambler American had certainly done its part to help make that happen. The American Rambler saw the addition of a four-door sedan, which instantly became the most popular body style. The Rambler American Custom station wagon was rare, drawing only 1, orders. This Rambler American Custom station wagon was specially built with woodgraining around the windows and on the tailgate.

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