Right Hand Drive: 1969 AMC Rambler SST

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It seems rare to see any vintage American built cars come up for sale across the pond so to speak. This right hand drive Rambler SST has spent most of its life in United Kingdom, and isn’t too bad off from the rust culture.  Parked since 1971, this Rambler saw little road duty having only covered 24,000 miles. Though not perfect, this Rambler is pretty solid and is a nice example of a right hand drive AMC export. Priced at 4,995 Pounds Sterling, this must be a rare sight in the UK. Find it here on ebay out of Deeside, United Kingdom.

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Even though this Rambler saw street duty for just a few short years, rust did manage to penetrate this American. There is surface rust present in the bay, but much of the paint is still present. The 290 V8 is complete, though its condition is unknown. The seller has not attempted to revive this AMC. Gears for the automatic transmission are selected at the column.  The engine and bay are not too bad off as likely a lot of that rust would clean up reasonably, and there is no rot present.

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looking inside of this Rambler reveals a very nice interior that needs little more than a substantial cleaning. The steering wheel looks the worst of the interior, having some corrosion issues. The dash and door panels are flawless, or very close to.

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The seats look great with very little evidence of use. The majority of the metal trim is in okay condition, but some of the trim is in need of help due to corrosion. The carpet is a deep black and still looks to be rather plush, though the driver foot well area looks a bit dirty and matted. Overall the body of this SST is solid.  The rockers are starting to get a little crisp and there is some rot in the bottom of the front “driver side” fender. Ironically the passenger side looks to be in better shape. The trunk floor is excellent only exhibiting some surface rust.  Though the rust down the driver side is in its beginning stages, it will need some attention. The seller is including a spare driver side fender that is in better shape than the current one. This AMC is complete really looking to need body work, paint, and some mechanical attention. The interior could use some tlc, but for the bloke this picks this one up, this is a solid starter that you likely wouldn’t have to hunt down too many parts for.

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This AMC would certainly be a different and interesting machine to see on the streets of the UK, or this would certainly be a head turner in the USA. To all of our readers of all localities, would you pick up this 1968 AMC Rambler SST?

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Comments

  1. larry b

    I definitely wouldn’t mind bringing this across state side.

  2. Fred W.

    I can see a rural mail carrier who happens to be a car guy salivating to pick this one up.

  3. Dylan Morgan

    I’m about 100 miles away and sorely tempted!

  4. Glen

    That converts to about $8400.00 Canadian, or $6200.00 U.S., seems expensive.

  5. Howard A Member

    Here we go again. 24,000 miles? Maybe if it was driven to the UK. I had heard AMC offered “knock-down” kits for their cars to be assembled elsewhere. I think there was a company that specialized in switching LHD to RHD. No side markers made me think this was a ’67, but I don’t think that applied outside the US. Unusual find, and probably best it stays in England. Sure would be strange at a show, seeing Rolls-Royce’s, Bentley’s,,,and a Rambler!

  6. Ron h

    so what year is this car? the header says 1969 while the end text in the desciption says 1968. to top it all off, those are definately ’67 taillights and grille.

  7. AMCSTEVE

    NO WAY was that parked inside. That rust is deep inside and underneath this car.

  8. angliagt

    I also believe it’s a ’67 – why would they go to all
    of the trouble of redoing it without side marker lights?
    I always thought that these were nice looking cars.
    We had a ’68 w/White side stripes (factory) around here.
    That car still sticks in my mind.

  9. Zaphod

    This is what we used to call “British good condition”. A rot box with paper thin sheet metal. Probably assembled by Renault in France. Good enough car, pity it ended up in the UK.

  10. John

    If it were here in the states that would be tempting, but being over there, and over 6k, nope,, love old AMC’s

  11. geezerglide85

    This most likely wasn’t a conversion to RHD. Back in the ’60’s AMC made cars for the USPS. I remember seeing a few and they were RHD. So making a kit for export to the U.K. and Australia wasn’t a big undertaking. A lot of Jeep Cherokees are RHD made for rural mail carriers and I seen Wranglers like this also.

  12. Luke Fitzgerald

    Factory rhd – absolutely – met a guy in the 80s here (Canberra) who had one identical – ordered that way right from factory – his was a floor shift Kenosha Cadillac

  13. Rambler Guy

    It’s definitely a 1967, it has the older-style pushbutton door handle. AMC moved to their signature paddle-type door pulls in 1968.

  14. WardCustoms

    Update… this car has found its way to Cornwall and is in the early stages of a restoration/refurbishment.
    It’s a 1967 build car, UK registered in 1968 and put in storage in 1971 as far as anyone knows. Factory built RHD and not a “chain and sprocket” diy conversion.
    We’ve been through the car and everything is there and it’s suprisingly solid for a UK car. Needs welding work to the drivers sill (rocker) and the rear cross member between the bumper and fuel tank needs replacing. Everything else underneath is surface rust.
    Engine turns, has been cleaned and prepped and is ready to test (first time in 47 years as far as anyone can tell) but there are dash/ignition wiring issues to sort out first.
    The body has rust issues along the base of the vinyl roof where the trims hold moisture but this is fairly minor and will repair easily. The rest of the body is pretty good except the front drivers side wing (fender) but it came with a spare which is in better shape.
    The interior is in great condition and has cleaned up well (the steering wheel just needed a really good clean). A lot of the interior chrome needs attention but these are details I will deal with at a later date. I’m hoping to have the car on the road in “work in progress” form (mechanically/structurally sound but not painted) before xmas (so about 4 months of late nights and any days off).
    The car does have a genuine -24000 miles and is original (except the wheels although I do have those too, with the hub-caps) so I’m torn between keeping her in the original colour or changing it to something a little brighter (Seat Alor Blue keeps grabbing my attention). What do you guys think?
    I will post pictures as works progess.

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    • Dylan Morgan

      Would love to see the work in progress updates. I’m in Pembrokeshire and would even drive down for a look if possible.
      Regards
      Dylan

  15. Barrie Briggs

    I’m just buying one that’s been owned by a friend for 22yrs. It’s an original 67 UK car.
    I’m really struggling to find out how many were sold here and how many are left.
    My reg. Starts KOM ####. I’m told that others were registered on this KOM plate.
    Mine is/was a gold coupe.
    Let me know if you’d like to share FB or WhatsApp details. Would love to see another one in progress.

  16. Marc

    Unfortunately I had to sell mine to a guy in Hayle (Cornwall) who plans to restore it.
    I managed to make a little on it even during my short ownership. I sold it because I had too many other things going on at the time and couldn’t warrant keeping her indefinitely without restoring her. I really like the shape of these old AMC cars. Very similar to Plymouth/Chrysler models of the same era but pre-dates most of them by a couple of years.
    The one I sold was a 1967 model (the only year it had no middle pillar on the coupe) and no repeaters in the fenders. The door handles are also different on later models. If you also have a 1967 coupe then there can’t be many more left (if any).
    Good luck with your restoration.

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