HomePick of the Day1969 AMC Hurst SC/Rambler Scrambler

1969 AMC Hurst SC/Rambler Scrambler


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.

The AMC is said to be restored to original

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 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.

The interior is equipped with a wood-rimmed steering wheel, tachometer and Hurst shifter

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, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. The AMC 390 c.i. is actually not a "big block". AMC basically used the same block for 290 c.i. all the way up to 401 c.i.. It is about the same size as the 289, 305, 340 etc.

  2. Hey, I have owned 5 of these and the SC stands for Street Comp. The whole car was an option and a radio was THE option. Dealers installed these as the first 500 were supposed to be the only 500. Thus you have type A and type B paint schemes. the door tag will say “SPECIAL’ for the paint. No power-steering but with the 8-1 steering, it handled perfect. Corrections were always needed as this street rocket would punish the rear tires into flames. I actually had my friend hold the front of the car and went through all 4 gears. The smoke was both rear tires and one actually blew out during my ‘show’. He would sometimes push the rear of the car around while she was ‘lit’ for extra ‘effect’. Then the principal of the school would come running out and away I went…No studying getting done here. Anything happens, meet me at the house…


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