Ragtop Ramblers are few and far between, but the '65 American was one of the best. Too bad it lacked some sporty features that buyers craved, the reason sales were few and far between, too.
Nash bought Hudson to form American Motors in 1954, the year it built just 211 Rambler convertibles. The next ragtop Rambler didn't arrive until 1961, but it was much like that '54 model apart from much blockier styling.
The 1965 Rambler American 440 was the most affordable convertible at the time.
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For 1964, however, all Rambler Americans became much prettier thanks to a six-inch-longer wheel-base (now 106) and all-new unit bodies with simple, well-tailored lines and curved side glass. Led by the top-line 440-series convertible, they were arguably the year's most attractive Detroit compacts, and sales soared to a record 160,000-plus.
The '65 Americans were little changed, which meant another year for Rambler's old 195-cubic-inch six making just 90 or 125 horsepower. Nevertheless, all '65 Ramblers were breathlessly advertised as "The Sensible Spectaculars," and the 440 convertible was Detroit's most affordable ragtop at just $2418 to start. Even so, it wasn't yet available with V-8 power and sporty features like bucket seats, which likely explains why only 3882 of the '65s were delivered, down from 8907 for '64.
The 1965 Rambler American 440 was not available with
popular, sporty features like bucket seats.
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