The testosterone-fueled muscle-car wars were raging when American Motors unleashed its SC (for Super Car, naturally), in collaboration with Hurst shifters, using the familiar formula of a lightweight compact coupe with a huge engine.
The engine in this case was AMC’s corporate 390 cid V8 that already was powering muscular Javelins and AMXs, and which in performance tune generated 315 horsepower. The car was AMC’s usually placid American.
Add a totally over-the-top red-white-and-blue paint job and a towering intake scoop and you have the Pick of the Day, a 1969 AMC Hurst SC/Rambler, which is better known by its popular title: Rambler Scrambler. A great name. And off it went to do battle with high-pro versions of Dodge Dart, Ford Falcon and Chevy Nova.
The Rambler Scrambler advertised on ClassicCars.com by a Clearwater, Florida, dealer is said to be totally restored to original, with its factory Borg-Warner four-speed manual transmission and beefy Hurst shifter, fed through a 3.54:1 limited-slip rear.
The Scrambler retains its factory radio and 8,000-rpm tachometer hooked to the steering column, hot rod style. These cars were outfitted with heavy-duty suspensions and brakes, which this one apparently has as well. Redline Polyglas tires complete the vintage muscle-car look.
With the growing popularity once again of ’60s muscle cars, the Rambler Scrambler would be a rare and highly visible standout among the standard fare from the Detroit Big 3. They’re also known to be quite fast.
“These cars are good investments, since they were limited-production cars and were the ultimate basic muscle car of the late ’60s,” the seller says in the ad.
For those who crave attention, this rumbling piece of Americana is priced at $45,000.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day