Pick of the Day: 2-door, 2-tone, 2-cute 1963 Rambler American

Pick of the Day was one of the new pillarless hardtops returning to the lineup

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The 1963 Rambler American coupe got a roof that looked a lot like a convertible top

After a hiatus of several years, American Motors once again offered a pillarless 2-door coupe version of its basic Rambler for 1963. New grilles and rear-end treatments also were part of a model-year update that included a transistorized radio, upgraded braking and a self-adjusting clutch for cars with the semi-automatic “E-Stick” transmission.

There also was a redesigned power top for convertibles.

The Pick of the Day is a 1963 Rambler American 440-H hardtop coupe being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Palmetto, Florida.

In 1963, the Rambler was offered in 220, 330 and 440 trim lines.

“The 440 was a two-door hardtop and the H was the top of the line with sporty bucket seats, a center console and a more powerful version of the inline six cylinder engine,” the dealer points out. 

“Producing 138 horsepower and backed with a 3-speed manual with overdrive, this 440-H is an absolute blast to drive! The Twin Stick Shift basically turned to 3-speed into a 5-speed by allowing overdrive in 2nd and 3rd gears. 

“This car was Motor Trend’s ‘Car of the Year’ for 1963 and a few minutes behind the wheel will show you why. 

“The hardtop was painted a different color from the body to mimic a closed convertible top, and really takes this hardtop to the next level. 

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“This is a one year only car with only 9,749 reported to be built.”

Sharp looking in red and white top and also a white body-side spear, the Pick of the Day has air conditioning. The dealer reports the recent work, done professionally, includes a new clutch, wheel alignment, front suspension rebuild, new steering components, redone brakes, engine tuneup, new shocks, bushings and rust-proofing black paint on the undercarriage. The car also rides on new whitewall radial tires.

The dealer notes that an extended service contract is available on the car. 

The odometer reportedly shows 3,053 miles, but the advertisement does not explain that very low figure. 

“All this car needs,” the dealer adds, “is a driver and it’s time to cruise!”

The car is offered for $17,995. 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.

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