1956 Rambler Hudson Custom sedan
Neat, if boxy, the new styling featured Rambler's first wrapped windshield and stepped "basket handle" rear roof. Tri-tone paint could be ordered to dress up top-drawer Customs. The Rambler Hardtop & Sedans were strictly four-doors in these years, as the familiar 100-inch two-doors were dropped after 1955 (only to be revived as 1958 Rambler Americans).
Choices were pillared sedans and Cross Country wagons in Deluxe, Super, and Custom trim, plus a Custom hardtop sedan. All reappeared for 1957, but the Custom wagon became a hardtop, plus a nifty small V-8 arrived at extra cost, and minor trim changes included a stylized "R" hood logo in place of Nash and Hudson badges.
The Custom wagon signaled Rambler's new status as a separate make -- and the end of Nash and Hudson after 1957. Though 1957's V-8 Rebel hardtop sedan remains more collectible than these models, pillarless Customs were more numerous to begin with and are thus cheaper today.
Note, too, that the 1957 Super four-door hardtop is probably as rare now as that Rebel. The factory "continental kit" exterior spare tire is an option worth looking for on the hardtops.
Pluses of the 1956-1957 Rambler Hardtop Sedans & Wagons:
- Cheap to buy, restore, and run
- Comparatively scarce
- Fine club support
- Interesting, overlooked mid-1950s hardtops
- Sixes thrifty
- V-8s pretty lively
Minuses of the 1956-1957 Rambler Hardtop Sedans & Wagons:
- Relatively low value appreciation potential
- Rust-prone, so not that many around now
Production of the 1956 Rambler Hardtop Sedans & Wagons*:
Production of the 1957 Rambler Hardtop Sedans &
* All models; breakdown not available
Specifications of the 1956-1957
Rambler Hardtop Sedans & Wagons:
Wheelbase, inches: 108.0
Length, inches: 191.1 (198.9 w/continental kit)
Weight, pounds: 2,936-3,392
Price, new: $2,208-$2,630 (U.S.)
Engines for the 1956-1957 Rambler Hardtop Sedans & Wagons:
|Type||Size ||Horsepower ||Years |
| ohv I-6||195.6 cid||120/135 ||1956-1957 |
|ohv V-8||250.0 cid||190||1957|
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