1959 Ramblers

The 1959 Rambler was the right car at the right time, launched as the United States was recovering from a serious recession. They were smaller on the outside than most contemporary cars, but the interior was as large as most full-sized vehicles. We recently photographed these 1959 Rambers, a Custom four-door sedan and a Custom Cross Country station wagon for our upcoming book, The Complete Book of AMC Cars. The ’59 Rambler was a huge success, American Motors built 242,581 of them that year.

1963 Rambler Classic 770 Civil Defense

Baby Boomers may remember Civil Defense drills from Grade School. This original 1963 Rambler Classic 770 served the Civil Defense agency for a number of years. It’s equipped with emergency flashing lights and a Civil Defense radio along with 287 V8, Flash-O-Matic transmission, and Air Conditioning.

This piece of 1960s history will be featured in our upcoming book, The Complete book of AMC Cars for Quarto/Motorbooks.

1969 AMC Hurst SC/Rambler

We just photographed this original owner 1969 AMC Hurst SC/Rambler for our book, The Complete Book of AMC Cars to be published by Quarto/Motorbooks in September 2024. It was purchased on April 25, 1969 from Young Motors in Tipton, Indiana. Of the 1,512 SC/Ramblers built by AMC and Hurst Performance, it is one of about 300 in the toned-down “B” paint scheme. Today it has 42,259 miles on it, and 90% of the paint is original.

Before taking delivery of the Hurst SC/Rambler the owner joined the Army. The car was put into storage while he flew “Huey” (Bell UH-1) helicopters in Vietnam. Ted, thank you for your service to our nation, and thanks for preserving your patriotic Hurst SC/Rambler so well!

The Complete Book of Classic Dodge and Plymouth Muscle Cars

I have been asked by Motorbooks to write an update to Mike Mueller’s excellent book “The Complete Book of Classic Dodge and Plymouth Muscle Cars”. Mike’s book covers 1960 to 1974, but so much has happened at Dodge in the 21st century that Motorbooks wanted to add two more chapters on the 2006 to current Dodge Charger and 2008 to current Dodge Challenger. Mike did not want to tackle this project, so they offered it to me. I will also be photographing some of these cars for the books. I’ve admired Mike Mueller’s work for 30 years or more, and I’ve contributed some photos to his books over the years. It will be a challenge to match Mike’s always first-class work, but we both write with a similar “voice” and photograph in a similar style. This should be fun!