During Spring Break of 2001, Howard and
our son Earl, then 8, took a road trip to
For those that may not know, 1969 was the last year that the name Rambler appeared on a car. American Motors had been phasing out the Rambler name since 1966, when the Rambler marque was removed from the Ambassador and Marlin. The Rambler marque would continue to appear on the Classic/Rebel and American through 1967. For the 1968 model year the American was the only car remaining in the AMC stable that still touted the Rambler marque. For 1969 the American name was dropped, and the smallest AMC was referred to simply as Rambler.
The Malarkey Rambler is
a 199/AT and had about 160,000 miles on it. It came complete with a window
sticker from the AMC dealership in
For the next year Howard and Earl spent their spare time going through the car making sure it was road safe and in original running condition. During that year I was the one chosen to do the all the research to be sure we stayed on track. We had it back on the road in May of 2002.
While reading Hemmings News we read
a notice for an AMC car show. In July 2002 we entered the Rambler in its very 1st
car show ever. The show took place in
Over the next four years Howard and Earl picked away and got it ready to paint back to the original surf green. February of this year we were finally ready to return the old car back to her original glory.
Earl is gaining the knowledge to be able to take care of the care once Dad is ready to pass the torch. He is already telling Howard that is his car too. We are glad Earl has interest in Ramblers, as we need the younger generation to appreciate what has been and carry on the Rambler name.
It was very rewarding for all of us
when Howard's Aunt Bev was up in July and saw the car for the first time since
2001, when she had given it to Howard and Earl. She also had a couple of pictures for us
of when it was still green. She was very pleased with the changes we had made.
It made her very happy to see the car, as it had been when she bought almost 37
years to the day. To us that was better than any trophy we had to date
received. It is very rewarding to know that we have not only a small piece of
history, but also a piece of family history.