Cool Things You Could Find in a Rambler
Since Ramblers were made for so many years and were driven by so many people, if you happen to come across an AMC Rambler Classic or plain-ol’ Rambler, you might be surprised what still lingers in these classic cars. Since the AMC Rambler Classic was designed with every American and their families in mind, there are special memories of the past inside of many of the remaining classics.
AMC was known for making cars that were more economical to own, so many of their cars were smaller than those made by General Motors and Ford. In the 1960s, the AMC Rambler Classic was a small car, but the women who drove them had hair that was not. One of the coolest remnants in any Rambler that still has its original ceiling textiles is the beehive stain. This stain came from the tall hairdos from the 1960s which had to be held in place with several bobby pins and a serious amount of hair spray. All of that hair spray would eventually leave residue on the low ceilings of the AMC Rambler Classic. While a ceiling stain may not be the “coolest” thing to find on a car ceiling, its cool factor comes from the fact that it the stain captures a unique time in history.
During the decades that the AMC Rambler was manufactured, car safety was important, but nowhere near as important as it is today. Many cars did not even come with seat belts, which is what makes the “Fasten Seatbelts” sign in the Ramblers such a cool feature. Ironically, the little placard was placed on the extending ashtray even cooler, especially since we no longer find ashtrays in any car in the United States today.
Another cool feature that you will find in the AMC Rambler is a push-button transmission. The Rambler and a few other Chryslers products had the push-button transmission which included a button for each gear. While you will certainly find modern cars with gear flaps on the steering wheel, the push-button tranny is a thing of the past.