The last car to wear the Rambler nameplate was the final American model of 1969, after which American Motors Corp. completely took over the branding. By this time, the American was not just an economy car but included a sporty hardtop named Rogue.
The Pick of the Day is a 1969 AMC Rambler Rogue, a triple-black example powered by its factory 290cid V8 and boasting some celebrity provenance – it was once owned by Cherielynn Westrich from the TV series Overhaulin’, which explains why the glovebox is signed by Chip Foose, the show’s headliner.
This was the third generation of the American, and the crisp styling of the top-of-the-line Rogue hardtop is dressed up with chrome trim and a machine-turned panel across the rear. This Rogue stands on an attractive set of period mag-style wheels with AMC center caps.
Because of low production numbers, the Rogue is a rare collector car, according to the Lutz, Florida, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. While the 200-horsepower V8 linked with a 3-speed automatic should provide some spunk, the top performance car of the American’s last year was the Hurst SC/Scrambler with a 390cid V8 and 4-speed manual transmission.
Notably, the 390 and the 290 share the same block architecture so that engine swaps to the bigger engine are fairly simple.
The Rogue has had one repaint in its original black, with a black vinyl roof and black interior.
“This has been a California car its entire life until last year, so the panels are quite nice,” the seller notes. “It’s all wrapped in the factory-correct black that was updated around mid-life. And the black vinyl roof shows off the great hardtop profile.”
The interior is in nice, original condition, the ad says, including “great factory-correct details like the three-spoke Rambler steering wheel and AM radio that’s still cranking out tunes.”
The asking price for this fun-looking little Rambler performance car with the Chip Foose autograph is a modest $24,995.
And while this model marked the end of the Rambler name, it was not the end of Rogue brand, which has been co-opted by Nissan for its compact crossover SUV. How times have changed.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.