Tuesday, May 22, 2012

1965 AMC Rambler Marlin - Grandpa's Car

As I've mentioned in the past, I admired AMC. Compared to the US "Big 3", they had very little money do develop new cars. Still, they somehow managed to create cars that, while maybe not always great, grabbed some attention and in some cases were ground breaking.

The Marlin was one of those cars.

Based AMC’s intermediate-sized Rambler Classic platform, the Marlin was roughly the size of a Chevy Chevelle. For most of AMC's existence, Dick Teague was their chief designer. The design of the Marlin was based on an earlier, smaller, Teague and team designed AMC prototype called the Tarpon.

Like all US car manufacturers in the 1960s, AMC offered all sorts of drive train, interior and luxury options. Virtually any AMC car could be ordered mild or wild.

This car has a really cool history. It has just 67,000 miles on it. It is being sold by the grandson of the original owner. He has all the records for the car, including every tank of gas. (First fill-up - 11.1 gallons at a total cost of $3.50!)

This car is neither mild nor wild, it is typical of how most cars came optioned in the 1960s. It has the optional 287 V8. Other options included a clock, AM radio, rear defroster, power steering and power brakes.

This is not a perfect car. It was refreshed in 1994, (The original owner - who was sick with Alzheimers at that point - was taken for a final ride in it. The seller has photos) but time has taken its toll. It needs paint, but has no serious rust. The interior needs some work, but nothing is missing.

I love stories like this. It shows that our relationships with our cars are often not that different than our relationships with our pets and even our friends. The fact that this is a Marlin - a limited run, controversially styled car - makes this story even better.

Hopefully this Marlin will wind up back on the east coast. I's love to see it at a car show someday.

Located in Redmond, OR, click here to see the eBay ad.


Graham Clayton said...

Love the curved rear pillar!

Unknown said...

Marlin name is symbolic for AM's Kelvinator Division trans-Atlantic success, whereas the shipping lanes followed the migratory route of the actual billfish and Kelvinator outsold all other appliance makers in the European marketplace. AM sold Kelvinator and bought Jeep Corp. In 1970, then formed AM General.