The mainstay of AMC's automobile
sales in 1959 was the Rambler "6" line, including the 'plain Jane' 4-door
sedan and the workhorse station wagon. These cars were prized for their
unbeatable combination of reliability and gas economy.
The Rambler "6" was the quintessential
family car. It was unquestionably the best example of the type of car which
made AMC's reputation for building sensible automobiles. With low initial
cost, low operating cost, generous passenger and trunk/storage space, and
good resale value, these sedans and wagons were great suburban favorites.
There was another extraordinary AMC
car in 1959 and, although it looked almost exactly like the reliable "6",
it had much more to offer in terms of performance. The unassuming 1959
Rebel V-8, which had a power-to-weight ratio of only 14-to-1, proved to
be one of the fastest production cars of the year.
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