1970 AMC Rebel SST
1970 AMC Rebel SST
The AMC Rebel (known as the Rambler Rebel in 1967) was a mid-size car produced by American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1967 to 1970. It replaced the Rambler Classic. The Rebel was replaced by the similar AMC Matador for the 1971 model year. The Rebel was positioned as the high-volume seller in the independent automaker's line of models. The Rebel was based on AMC's "senior" automobile platform shared with the full-size Ambassador line.
AMC vehicles are not a common commodity here at the Classic Auto Mall so when one rolls through the door everyone comes to gawk. What was once basic transportation, (green on green), has had new life and some muscle breathed into it by our consignor. A stunning respray, redone interior, drivetrain upgrade, and safety items implemented this car has it all. Not quite a restomod but definitely a muscle car. We proudly present to you an AMC 1970 Rebel SST. Read on and delve into the glory!
Bathed in Cranberry Metallic, showing only a few minor imperfections and a ding on the passenger's rear roof pillar, this car presents very well. An almost fastback roofline blends into the tops of the rear quarter panels which have an almost fin like design on their tops. Taillights integrated into the rear bumper flank a blacked out center with the R E B E L individual lettering, so you know what you got beat by. Dual exhaust hangs below shows with shiny chromed tips. All gaps are well minded down the sides of this muscle machine and a stainless trim spear starts at the front of the fenders and ends at the end of the door, all while containing the front marker lamps and recess mounted door handles. The Rebel call out again appears on the fenders and below this is a 3 dimensional 401 engine size call out to give you fair warning about what you've lined up against. Dual headlamps per side surround a gunsight style grill with a recessed SST emblem showing in red. All this sits above a shiny chrome bumper with a single bumperette on each side (a vision of things to come). 15-inch American Racing Torque Thrust wheels are mounted on all 4 corners and are wrapped in BF Goodrich rubber. This isn't your great aunt's Rambler....
Swinging open the doors we are met with vinyl door coverings with a square design down low broken up by buttons for some flair. A tan armrest contains the door release, and a shiny chrome window crank sits toward the front. A tweed and vinyl sprawling front bench seat runs from door to door and is a beautiful light tan. The rear bench mimics the front running from c-pillar to c-pillar. A rim blow steering wheel sits atop the steering column and fronts the column mounted gear selector. Sadly, the rim blow function is broken and the horn has been moved to the left spoke of the wheel. A simple but effective gauge cluster sits in front of the wheel, here sits a clock, AM radio, heater controls, gauges, and a myriad of chrome levers and switches. A brushed stainless steel panel surrounds the gauge cluster and works its way across the entire dash, a crack free dash pad sits on top and adds to the wow factor. A mean and clean beige carpet floods the floor, and a beige headliner hangs above with some minor sagging in the center. A great office for the stoplight drags!
Under the hood lies the heart of the AMC dream machine. Replacing the factory born 360ci V8 now sits a 401ci V8 making an estimated 450hp. The engine was rebuilt in 2004 to specs provided by Bobby Allison, who raced AMC vehicles in NASCAR throughout the 1970's (talk about some serious engine knowledge). A Holley 4bbl carburetor sits atop an Edelbrock Performer AMC intake manifold and feeds the required fossils and air to the mill. Sending power back to the rear axle is a 727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission rebuilt in 2013 using all high performance parts. On the back is a GM 12-bolt axle assembly to handle the copious amounts of horsepower and torque. We note power brakes, power steering and a pair of coated headers to expel spent gasses. All buttoned up and full of bling.
Dual exhaust snakes its way back from the headers and through a pair of stainless steel mufflers before dumping spent fossils and air at the rear of this ride. No rust is to be found on the floors or unibody and only some surface rust appears on the rear suspension components. Speaking of rear suspension we see a 4 link with coil spring design with adjustable length upper control arms. Up front we see a fully cleaned and blasted and rebuilt independent suspension assembly that was taken from a 1970 Rebel Machine parts car. Power disc brakes are on all 4 corners to give us the whoa we need. It's hard to find any flaws down here and dats a gud thing!
I handed the keys over to my partner in crime and self-proclaimed muscle car aficionado for this drive. All the while i sat in the passenger seat and enjoyed the ride. Neck snapping acceleration is the best way for me to describe this ball of AMC power...literally. This car accelerates beautifully, stops on a dime, and handled the test track very well. A good time was had by all.
Some AMC muscle gracing our hallowed halls here at the Classic Auto Mall, this car does it all and does it well. Beautiful paint, snappy interior and gobs of power will satisfy your every automotive need. A far cry from the stodgy ramblers of the mid 1960's, AMC hit the mark dead on with this design and our consignor took it to the next level. All the car needs now is you to be its caregiver and you can race off into the sunset. Dare to be different!
A-3 Speed Automatic, Column Shift
9-2 Door Hardtop
N-360ci V8 2bbl
1884-Sequential Unit Number