I am selling my sweet Mabel, she is a 1965 AMC Rambler Ambassador 990. She is 95% original except the carpet and partial exterior paint. The carpet was replaced with NOS authentic AMC carpet. She was originally sold at an AMC dealership in Downey in 1965. The first owner later sold the car to a second owner in Los Angeles who had the car for many years and sold the car to a guy in Studio City in January 2009. I bought the car from him in September 2009. The car is a clean, dry, rust free California car. I am the forth owner of the car and Mabel served me well for 5 ½ years. I only used to tow a vintage 1966 Driftwood travel trailer for shows and drive during weekends to wineries. Mabel gets a lot of attention because of the originality and turquoise color.
The exterior is mostly original. I replaced the taillight lenses to a pair of NOS taillight lenses. The paint is original with some patinas and looks really cool. I replaced all door seals. The engine is original and had some work on it. The job that has been done on the engine are the exterior parts such as A/C, valves, heads, water pump, and radiator. The recent service on Mabel are front suspension, alignment, 4 new Coker white wall tires, new front disc brakes, new front disc rotors, new rear drum brakes, both brake drums has been resurfaced, new spark plugs, rebuilt Holley carburetor, new valve covers, new intake manifolds, new oil pain seal with fresh oil, and the engine purrrrs. I do have the invoices of the job done on the engine. The engine runs very strong. It has 105,907 original miles. The transmission is a 3 speed and shifts smoothly. Tony Wade, a well-known mechanic in Burbank/Glendale did a full service on the transmission. He rebuilt the original transmission and replaced the shifter to make it stronger for towing purpose. I installed air shocks and still have new OEM stock shocks. I had the hitch installed with vintage electric brake for vintage travel trailer. Mabel is fully loaded as if you were to go on a cross country road trip. It has a roof rack, tow package, bed, and A/C. On the side of the car has a Cross Country script badges.
The interior is also all original except the carpet. It was replaced to NOS carpet. It was done by the second owner. Very clean, and does show a sign of aging. The headliner is original and does show some discolored spots. I found a set of NOS matching color Rambler floor mats. A modern radio has been installed in the glove box compartment along with 6 CDs changer hidden in a storage box in the back of the car. The original radio remains on the car. The rear seat folds down to use as a bed or storage.
I towed a vintage travel trailer with the car and it towed very well. The engine is a V-8 327, comes with a 4 barrel Holly carburetor. The car is currently registered and I have the title on hand. You will need to arrange for shipping for pick up the car. I will have the car parked and stored securely. The car comes with a correct size high quality car cover. I will keep the personalized plates. The rims have been powder coated and come with 4 original hubcaps.
I wanted to add a few things about the car. I met and had a chat with the previous owner of 12 years. She mentioned that she was a member of AMC Rambler club and she told me that the car is known to be a few registered in the USA (for the 990 station wagon model,) I wish I could find the fact that it is true. Secondly, the car was featured in several commercials by the previous owner and in a TV show with me as the current owner. Johnny Depp rode in the car and Jay Leno offered the previous owner to buy the car and she declined. The car is rare with special options such as A/C, 327 engine, power steering, and power disc brakes. It may be a special car with the histories.
I have many photos of the car. Please contact me if you want more photos of the car at 805-296-7366 or text me at 805-423-9454. Serious buyer may contact me. This car is a survivor show car and a special car. It's like a factory car.