1958 Rambler Custom is a time capsule on wheels

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“Wanna buy a time machine? There’s one for sale on Versailles Road,” the Observer Today newspaper of Dunkirk, New York, reported back in January when it did a feature story on Irene and Earl Blakely’s 1958 Rambler Custom sedan. 

“A Silver Creek woman owned her for a little over three decades and never took her out of the garage in winter,” the newspaper reported. “Already in solid condition, the Blakelys have steadily put work into her ever since.”

However, the story noted, “snap it up quick, because an Ohio outfit has its eyes on her.”

Turns out that Ohio outfit was a classic car dealership that did, indeed, snap her up and now is advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.  Now the 1958 Rambler Custom sedan is the Pick of the Day.

The newspaper reported that the car’s original owner sold the car because of age, and because of a fender-bender mishap. The Blakelys finally got the car repaired and back on the road last fall, but they’re in their 80s and realized it was time to pass the car along.

The car, powered by its original 6-cylinder engine and a 3-speed manual transmission, has been driven 88,400 miles since new. It is two-tone blue-and-gray on the outside and has a gray interior with seats that fold flat to form a double bed. 

The dealer reports that the car has just been fitted with a new set of whitewall tires and been serviced and is being offered in “nice” condition.

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The Custom was the top-of-the line for the Rambler “Six” model in 1958 and was restyled for that year with new front fenders with quad headlamps. It also had tailfins at the rear. 

The inline 6-cylinder engine displaced 195.6cid and was rated at 127 horsepower.

The Pick of the Day is offered for $12,998. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

7 COMMENTS

  1. I just love the style of these Ramblers. A friend in high school had a basic model with a transplanted Chevy 327. What a sleeper.

  2. I owned one when I was 17 paid 500.00 for it in the 70’s it was about 15 yrs old when I purchased it still had the paper for mats on the floor in the back only driven on sun it was blue and white wish I kept it push button drive it was great . Oh well

  3. where are the few 1957 Rambler REBEL ,with 1st known electronic fuel injection,by Bendix USA?

    they sold the engineering /manufacturing rights to BOSCH Germany, nobody in USA wanted it ,much to complicated, i seen just one back in 57 in Boston Ma.

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