Tuesday, November 6, 2012
1958 AMC Rambler Ambassador Arrow
A high-style four-door hardtop wagon was a logical 'next step' following the 1955 Chevy Nomad, and Rambler's all-new 1956 Cross Country was the first. Rambler called this limited-production top-of-the-line model a 'new concept in station wagon travel.' Along with full hardtop styling, the Cross Country offered a roll-down tailgate window. Another redesign, in 1958, pushed Rambler into the number-three sales slot in the wagon rankings.
Priced dollar-for-dollar with Buick and Chrysler, the long, luxurious 1958 Ambassador hardtop wagon made a very exclusive Rambler. Only 294 of these hardtop wagons were built in 1958, another 578 for 1959 and just 435 in 1960, before Rambler returned to conventional pillared styling for all its 1961 wagons.
This 1958 Ambassador wagon is finished in Alamo Beige over Cinnamon Bronze and retains its original interior. It was a demonstrator at the Nash dealer in Holland, Michigan, where it was first purchased. The current owner located the car in 1981. It is believed to be one of only two remaining examples of this model.