Rambler Find: Perseverance Pays Off
Its been seen in family histories before, maybe it’s the genes or maybe just exposure to what came before them, but people can have passions and loves for something maybe a parent or grandparent had or did. With Adam Tittelmeier, this theory holds very true. He grew up hearing stories about his grandparent’s ‘65 Rambler wagon and learned to drive in his mother’s ‘68 Rambler. Now Adam finally owns his own.
A 1964 Rambler American built in Brampton, Ontario. Known as America’s first “compact” car, this is a rare vehicle these days and one you won’t see that often. They were built between 1958 and 1969 with three generations of design.
In fact, 1964 was the last year of production for the popular 195 cubic inch flathead 6 cylinder engine which this car has with a 3 speed manual transmission. Adam’s car is the 1964-1969 Gen 3 in “woodside light green” and still has the original selling dealer’s emblem on the back! The styling of this car was created by Richard A.Teague later famous for the Javelin and AMX designs.
It took over a year of inquiring and nudging a resident who lived locally to Adam, before he finally accepted his offer and let him take it home. Adam left the car mostly original right down to the faded paint and rust peeking through. The car is mechanically sound and took very little to get it roadworthy. He fabricated his own parts to lower the car slightly for a more aggressive look. A set of cleaned up capless wheels ivory in colour were installed to add a custom look. Interior details were achieved by recovering the disintegrating headliner and parcel shelf with an interesting “Pin up girl” motif currently popular with rodders. Recently Adam attended “Rambler Rama” a show dedicated to the Rambler brand and received first place in the unrestored class, and he was thrilled to have fellow enthusiasts appreciate his rare find. Adam doesn’t have a “diamond in the rough” here, but a true gem.
Written by Perry M. Mason