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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1968 AMC Ambassador SST

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Original interior 1968 AMC Ambassador SST for sale on From the seller’s description:

Nicely equipped with the SST package, 343V8, automatic transmission, cold working factory air conditioning has been converted to R134, power steering, tilt steering wheel, fully reclining seats, pushbutton AM radio works, with rear speaker and bumper guards.

It was sold new at Tom Smith Rambler in St. Louis to Mr. Theodore Kuegele in April, 1968 and the original owner’s family kept the car until the passing of Mr. Kuegele’s wife in 2014. So it was in one family all of those years. The car went through a dealer’s and another collector’s hands in between for a short time before my purchase, so I am basically the third owner. As can be seen, the Tom Smith Rambler insignia is still on the back of the car. The odometer reads 80,xxx miles but I cannot prove the mileage. However there is little doubt in my mind about whether the mileage is correct. This is a nice survivor all the way around

Body and paint – The car is solid as can be. It appears to me that the car had one nice, good quality repaint many years ago, but the car appears to be entirely original cosmetically everywhere else. Looks like the jambs still have original paint. The paint has nice depth and shine and looks great. There are a few marks on the paint here and there, but overall very good. The paint on the roof appears to be original. Overall, it looks very good and a car to be proud of.

Interior – The completely original interior with the bright pattern in the material and the reclining seats! Lift up AC vent in the dash in front of the driver. Dash is nice, door panels, headliner, etc all good. The original carpet is even in nice shape. The seat has a spot down low where the piping has come apart and the garnish moldings on the lower seat are cracked (they all do this when equipped with the reclining seats from what I have seen). Shoulder belts that hook into the front seat belts were added at some point before my purchase. Chrome – All very nice and bright.

Recent repairs made: rebuilt carburetor, changed the tires, muffler, radiator and heater hoses, belts, thermostat, water pump, fuel pump, rebuilt the heater control valve, flushed the cooling system, installed a new (not rebuilt) AC compressor and serviced the AC, new transmission pan gasket, three new brake hoses, wheel cylinders (master cylinder appeared to have been recently replaced before I got the car), tune up, and four shocks as well as some other smaller items. The car runs and drives very nicely with cold air conditioning. Radio, heater, horn, steering, etc. all work nicely. The directional switch was replaced. Bottom line is hop in and enjoy, its ready to drive in my opinion short trips or long, and I have done so.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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