1967 AMC Ambassador DPL convertible.
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Three series were offered each year: 880/990/DPL for 1967, base/DPL/SST for 1968-1969. Mainstays were the four-door sedans and wagons, but the obvious collectibles here are the semi-fastback hardtop coupes and the 1967-only DPL convertible.
The DPL (don't call it "Diplomat") was typically furnished with fussy pseudo-brocade upholstery; the SST was sportier yet more restrained. Front consoles were available in both lines.
The Ambassador's small-block V-8s gave good performance, the base six good economy; both were sturdy and easily serviced. Other pluses included AMC's usual all-coil suspension with a new Hotchkiss-drive rear (replacing torque-tube), plus a low-profile top stack on the convert.
Most of the 1967-1969 AMC Ambassador DPL and SST 2-doors were likely built with three-speed automatic (either Shift Command, with manual gear-hold, or conventional Flash-O-Matic, both basically Chrysler TorqueFlite), but three-speed, three-speed/OD, and four-speed manuals were available and are as desirable and rare now as the front disc brake option, especially with V-8.
All were underrated, and the ragtop DPL is one of the last "undiscovered" '60s convertibles. Post-'69 Ambassadors might also be collected one day, but are omitted here as longer and more ornate -- to no good effect.
Pluses of the 1967-1969 AMC Ambassador DPL & SST 2-doors:
- Pleasant styling
- Good performance/economy blend
- Rugged engines
- Still cheap
- Ragtop's rarity and one-year status
Minuses of the 1967-1969 AMC Ambassador DPL & SST 2-doors:
- Mushy handling
- Overdone DPL interiors
- Very scarce body panels and soft trim
Production of the 1967-1969 AMC Ambassador DPL & SST 2-doors:
- 1967 DPL 2d hardtop: 12,552; convertible: 1,269
- 1968 DPL 2d hardtop: 3,696; SST 2d hardtop: 7,686
- 1969 DPL 2d hardtop: ,4504; SST 2d hardtop: 8,998
Specifications of the 1967-1969 AMC Ambassador DPL & SST 2-doors:
Wheelbase, inches: 118.0
Length, inches: 202.5
Weight, pounds: 3,395-3,566
Price, new: $2,958-3,622
Engines for the 1967-1969 AMC Ambassador DPL & SST 2-doors:
|ohv I-6||232 cid||155||1967-1969|
|ohv V-8||290 cid||200||1967-1969|
|ohv V-8||343 cid||235/280||1967-1969|
|ohv V-8|| 390 cid||315||1968-1969|
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