The 1965-1966 Rambler Ambassador's amenitiesBut there was more to this new Ambassador than just a pretty face. Consider, for example, the power teams. For the first time, a Rambler Ambassador was available with six-cylinder power. This was a brand new engine, although it would not be totally inaccurate to think of it as an updated version of the overhead-valve six that had been used for many years by the Nash Ambassador. Of modern, short-stroke design, and featuring a seven-main-bearing crankshaft with eight counterweights, it had a displacement of 232 cubic inches. With a two barrel carburetor, it developed 155 horsepower. AMC proudly referred to this engine as "the world's most advanced Six."
Sharp eyes, however, noted a minor trim shuffling, as well as a mildly restyled grille on the 1966 Rambler Ambassador.
Far more popular in the Ambassador, however, were the two V-8s, with displacements of 287 and 327 cubic inches. Horsepower ratings were 198 and a "zestful" 270, both at 4700 rpm, while the torque figures came in at 280 and 360 pounds/feet at 2600 rpm. Differing only in their bore, compression ratio, and carburetion, the V-8s traced their origins to the original AMC-developed "V-8 first introduced in mid-1956.
The most noticeable feature for 1966, however was the “egg-slicer” trim at the leading edge of the front fenders; this theme was repeated on the taillights.
Several transmission choices were offered. Standard was the usual three-speed manual with column-mounted lever, but not many Rambler Ambassadors were so-equipped. Options included a Borg-Warner overdrive, controlled by means of a knob mounted below the dash; "Twin-Stick," which provided two shift levers on the console, one for the three-speed gearbox, the other for the overdrive; and Flash-O-Matic, a three-speed automatic supplied by Borg-Warner. The last could be purchased with either the traditional column control, or-for cars fitted with bucket seats-the console-mounted "Shift-Command." And at mid-year, yet another option joined the list: a Warner T-l 0 fully synchronized four-speed manual gearbox. Something for everyone!
Other options included All-Season air conditioning, very competitively priced at $327.65; power brakes, either drum/drum or disc/drum-the latter a brand-new feature; tachometer; speed control; Adjust-O-Tilt steering wheel; Duo-Coustic or Vibra-Tone rear-seat speakers; and the usual array of power equipment -- plus the famous (or infamous!) reclining seat/twin bed conversion that had been a Nash feature for many years. In addition, the new station wagon could be purchased with a side-hinged rear door, and two extra passengers could be accommodated if the optional third seat was ordered.
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