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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Red, White, and True 1969 AMC SC/Rambler-Hurst Hits eBay


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This 1969 AMC SC/Rambler-Hurst is so immaculate, it doesn’t even look real. Honestly, the thing looks like a die cast model, partially because of the excellent lighting in the photos, but mostly because it’s so over the top that I can hardly believe it was actually produced.

But produced it was, albeit in a very limited run, making this car exceptionally rare. Only 1,512 AMC SC/Rambler-Hurst models were built, and of those, around 1,200 were multi-colored machines like this one. The opportunity to get your hands on any example would be welcome, but this one is #3 out of the first 10 produced, and it’s for sale on eBay. Take a moment to let that sink in, I’ll wait while you gather your composure.

Okay, now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, here are some of the tasty details. Every AMC SC/Rambler-Hurst got the most potent motor AMC had to offer that year: a 390 cu-inch V8 with 315 horsepower, and 425 lb-ft of torque.

 As you may have guessed, the Hurst in the name comes from all the cars being fitted with a Hurst-shifted Borg-Warner 4-speed manual transmission, perfect for clutch dumps resulting in big, smoky burnouts.

If you’re worried about the impact that such shenanigans carry, don’t be, this example was restored in the 90s, so it’s not like you’d be thrashing an “original” model. Besides, it’s what these cars were built for.


If you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop you can relax, the price tag for this rarity isn’t as bad as you might imagine. Fox Motorsports of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has the car listed with a Buy It Now price of $64,900, and before you shake your head due to my opinion of ‘not that bad,’ consider what you’re getting here.
This is the third example of a very, very rare car, and it’s benefitted from a faithful restoration.

You don’t have to worry about handling anything to have the car in top running condition, and the interior looks great, right down to the red, white, and blue headrests. You could go pick this thing up, fork over the dough, and get right out on the highway to start your hunt for period correct competition to embarrass. You won’t be flying under the radar, but a cop might love this thing enough to let you off with a warning, if they’re the right age, and not a Mopar guy.