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Fun Cars Under $12,000: 1962 Rambler American

Fun Cars Under $12,000:  1962 Rambler American

This week’s pick is a 1962 Rambler American found on Facebook Marketplace. The car is located in Tecumseh, Michigan, which is between Ypsilanti and Adrian.

As of this writing, the car is still for sale and the listing can be found HERE.  The asking price is $9,200.

History on the Rambler American

The Rambler American is a compact car that was manufactured by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) between 1958 and 1969. Prior to the AMC model, the Rambler was sold under the Nash and Hudson Motors marques in 1954 and 1955.

The 1962 model was part of the second generation of Ramblers.  It was heavily restyled, and shorter and narrower than the first gen models. The base engine was a flathead six cylinder, with an optional overhead-valve cylinder head for higher-grade model.  The car in this listing has the base flathead six cylinder.

Why This Car?

I discovered this car during my weekly scan of listings.  The color and simple styling caught my eye.  It appears to be in great shape and the seller claims it only has 56,000 miles.

The Rambler appears to have aftermarket wheels, which I feel nicely fill the wheelhousings.  If I bought this car, I would be tempted to paint the roof white and/or paint the wheels the same as the body color.

This gives me so many ideas for customization!

Background on this Weekly Series

I know there are still some affordable fun cars out there.  I want to highlight these gems, so each Thursday I am going to share a fun/quirky vehicle found on either Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.  Most will be within 75 miles of my home in metro Detroit.  Others will come from one of my scounts (see “I Need Scouts” below).  To drive home the affordability of fun cars, all cars will be under $12,000.

More details about this weekly feature can be found in the article Searching for Fun Cars Under $12,000

Buying a Used Car

I covered the basics of how to buy a used car, including things to look out for and how to go about the actual purchase.  

If you decide to go after this car, be sure to read the article Buying a Used Car HERE.

I Need Scouts

Let’s make this a participation sport!  If you live in any market other than metro Detroit and would like to be my “eyes and ears,” let me know.  It would be fun to see what some of you can find in places like Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and others.

If you want to be a Vehicle Nanny Scout, message me through the social links at the top of this page or by email at  

Send me a link to a fun car for sale, with a reason why you picked that car.  I will then include it in the weekly article published on Thursdays.

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