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1956 Nash-Rambler sells for $528,000

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Originally posted by amcenthusiast amcenthusiast wrote:

Thank you LDaum for posting the info on '56 Rambler Palm Beach.

I appreciate your kindness and generosity by sharing what you know about the history of the car.

Apparently the youngers don't know about Nash-Healey, Hudson Italia or Rambler Palm Beach.

...or Kelvinator? ...and we're all sitting around taking for granted the automatic resetting circuit breakers in our homes?

The '55 LeMans Disaster (a Nash Healey was in that race? don't want to start another lie though/this is partly why the NH was ended and the PB was much more of classy cruiser 'girls car' like the Tbird?) + the '57 Mercury Meteor crash caused AMA to ban factory supported racing.

And Rambler Palm Beach image was cast by AMC showing woman driver?

Rambler Palm Beach does wear similar rear styling to Studebaker's Hawk, and shows what might be argued to be re-interpreted front grille areas of that car also > evidencing AMC-Studebaker/Packard rivalry and competitiveness.

When we incorporate the reality of '57-'62 AMA ban into AMC history, it makes AMC's Rambler Days much more understandable.

This was when AMC finalized timespan of Nash and Hudson (those names having the racier image than Rambler name, whereas Nash seemed to intend Nash Rambler as urban runabout portion of product line?)

This helps to understand why Rebel fuel injection was stillborn and the car got neutered in '58, only to have the 250 CID V8.

This helps to understand the reintroduction of Nash Rambler in '58 = not racy, but obedient reaction to disasters and AMA ban.

This also helps to understand timespan of Metropolitan; sporty to drive, yet not racy.

"Other make' automotive writers, whose sayings typically get quoted or re-worded in AMC history articles, have perhaps only naturally told portions of AMC history that make AMC look overly prudish (typically biased against AMC to make their favorite cars look good by comparison) but when we include the AMA ban, AMC history told that way gives a realistic explanation and makes AMC's decision to wander aimlessly named Rambler without the former clear cut racing goals look better I think.

Marlin name suggests AMC's apex-success through trans-Atlantic Kelvinator connection.

When I was a kid, 'going for a Sunday drive' was common behavior in USA (to ramble about)

On this page some Monte Carlo fans discuss just the thing you mention about the racing environment for mainstream manufacturers in the early sixties: 
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