Car Beat: ’65 Muscle Wagon

From now on, whenever I see a cool car around the neighborhood, I’m gonna take pictures and send them to my pal Eric up in Portland who runs Other People’s Things, my favorite car blog. He’ll respond with some knowledge and we’ll post the results here and it’ll be called “Car Beat.” Here’s what Eric has to say about this Rambler I saw today:

Looks to be a Third Generation (1965-66) Rambler Classic 770 Cross Country Wagon.  This one is probably a ’65 because it only has one mirror…it came standard in ’66.

The Rambler started as a Nash nameplate, but after they merged with Hudson in the ’50s to form American Motors- Wisconsin’s only car manufacturer.

This one is in the “770″ Trim, which is the top of the line V8 version, essentially a muscle car station wagon.

Haven’t seen the wagon around Portland, just the sedan, nice find!

Thanks, Eric! More pics after the jump:

15 Responses to “Car Beat: ’65 Muscle Wagon”

  1. oh sweet i’m gonna start sending him stuff too!

  2. scum says:

    I had a 63 Belvedere wagon in high school with a 383.

    • Lamb says:

      That sounds nice. I had a 1962 Valiant wagon that I drove from here to Key West and back in the late 90s. Black California plates…I met a ton of good folks while I was on the road because of that car.

  3. Anthony says:

    That thing is crazy clean. I’m betting little old lady, garaged except for trips to church and grocery store. Score! Might be hard to find parts though.

  4. motowaki says:

    nice feature! pics of volkswagen buses please!

  5. Jack Walker says:

    Please post your on-the-street car findings. On “Jalopink” they had “Down on the Street” where blogger Murilee Martin took pictures of cool and classic cars in his neighborhood in Alameda. He moved to Denver and to “The Truth About Cars.” Down on the street is gone and I am sad. I love old cars almost as much as I love old motorbikes and old bicycles. (I saw a late ’60′s Ciocc the other day that mad me weep.)

  6. scum says:

    BTW, Mitt Romney’s dad George was involved with Rambler before he became Governor of Michigan.

  7. Scott says:

    @Jack how about this? pretty nice variety from all over the city –

  8. AttF says:

    I’m pretty sure this is my neighbor’s car. If not, he has an identical one in equally good shape and always parks in front of our building out in the Western Add. Pretty run of the mill late 30s guy who drives it often and apparently knows how to maintain it.

  9. db says:

    Hey Allan, Where do I need to park my car to get it on MM?

  10. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    Gorgeous car!

  11. What about the Pontiac Tempest wagon, the GTO “minivan” of it’s day…

  12. kyle says:

    The reason I love vintage cars isn’t Social or Cultural. But I love looking at, driving and hearing classic cars (i don’t enjoy working on them so much)

  13. Additional muscle car restoration projects may include the repainting of a muscle car. The installation of older car parts that need to be replaced is also considered a form of muscle car restoration. These items may include, but should not be limited to, driver and passenger seats, steering wheels, tire rims, and in-car music players.