The 1966 Rambler Ambassador 990 convertible, part of the 1965-1966 Rambler Classic Hardtops & Convertibles line
1966 Rambler Ambassador 990 convertible

The 1965-1966 Rambler Classic Hardtops & Convertibles were about the only collectible middle-size Ramblers between 1958 and 1967 other than the 1964 Typhoon hardtop, though these, too, are much like contemporary Ambassadors, which are generally more desired.

These Ramblers were essentially the 1963-1964 design with a rectilinear reskin similar to that of concurrent Ambassadors. The Classic's wheelbase was unchanged, however, so its hood remained shorter, and overall proportions were a little stumpier.

A new convertible in the top-line 770 series for 1965 was followed by a sporty 1966 hardtop called Rebel, basically the previous year's bucket-seat 770-H model with a new "crisp-line" roof, loud checked upholstery, and special badges. As with the Ambassador, drivetrains were little changed from 1964, but more closely shared with the senior line.

Pluses of the 1965-1966 Rambler Classic Hardtops & Convertibles:

  • Club Support
  • Conservative styling has held up pretty well
  • Even the ragtops are cheap
  • Fair rarity
  • Roomy
  • Slightly better maneuverability and fuel economy than the 1965-1966 Rambler Ambassador Hardtops & Convertibles
  • Smooth V-8 performance

Minuses of the 1965-1966 Rambler Classic Hardtops & Convertibles:

  • Body and trim parts increasingly scarce
  • Low asking prices reflect limited appreciation prospects
  • Tin-worm troubles

Production of the 1965 Rambler Classic Hardtops & Convertibles:

  • 770 2-door hardtop: 14,778
  • Convertible: 4,953
  • 770-H 2-doord hardtop: 5,706

Production of the 1966 Rambler Classic Hardtops & Convertibles:

  • 770 2-door hardtop: 8,736
  • Convertible: 1,806
  • Rebel 2-door hardtop: 7,512

Specifications of the 1965-1966 Rambler Classic Hardtops & Convertibles:
Wheelbase, inches: 112.0
Length, inches: 195.0
Weight, pounds: 3,060-3,169
Price, new
: $2,436-$2,696 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1965-1966 Rambler Classic Hardtops & Convertibles:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv I-6
232 cid
145/155
1965-1966
ohv V-8
287 cid
198
1965
ohv V-8
327 cid
250/170
1965-1966

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