11th Apr 2007, 18:15
I have owned my 1963 Rambler Ambassador for the last 25 years here in South Australia. I bought it for $650 and have rebuilt it once in that time. Let me add that the reason it needed to be rebuilt was only because it began to leak everything! Oil, trans fluid, brake fluid, water and even the pinion seal gave way and was leaking diff oil! But... the car still ran like a trooper and was every bit as good as the day I got it. I am currently totally rebuilding the car to a classic look outside, but modified inside and underneath. I have no intention of changing to a Chev or Ford engine because the 327 is the most reliable engine I have come across. Starts first time, idles perfectly and accelerates like a smooth V8 should. I am just about to try and get a barn find into my garage. It's a 1974 Matador X and has been in a small shed for about 10 years. I don't know too much about the condition, but I've been told it is good. The guy is likely to give the car away just to get it of his property! Looks like I may have another Rambler. Keep on Rambling.
7th Sep 2007, 06:46
We live in Australia. We are young and own a Matador X (not many here) and a Matador; they are both beasts, and we are proud of the looks and the pure grunt behind them.
For those whom say they are ugly LOL; go get your glasses, you're probably into the cars that are plain and boring, a dime a dozen, no character.
20th Sep 2007, 16:36
From 1974 on, the Matador Coupe was a completely different looking car. The ugliness comments fit to the 4-door only. The Matador Coupe was a beauty.
11th Oct 2007, 04:59
In late 76 I found a car buried under a mound of snow that I fell in love with. It was a new 1976 Matador Barcelona Brougham Coupe. 24 ounce carpet, velour seats, 360, all it needed was a disco ball! I had one warranty issue, and the dealer gave me the best service I ever have had. I have been fortunate enough to drive new Lincolns, Caddys and other premium cars over the years, but my heart always goes out to my 76 Matador. If you haven't had the chance to drive a Matador, you have no idea what you're missing. If AMC were around as a distinct entity today I'd be buying one now.
29th Oct 2007, 14:18
Those Matadors seemed to be decent cars; my parents had 1.
One of few made with a 3 speed standard on the column. It was a 4 door sedan too.
15th Feb 2011, 06:12
AMC made some of the best cars on the road, I own a 67 Mustang and a 78 Matador coupe.
The Mustang is not in the same class as the Matador which out performs the Mustang. It rides better, and the power brakes are phenomenal. The only area it falls short is styling. The feel of the Mustang is cheap and tinny, whereas the Matador is luxury and solid.
Another Aussie convert for AMC.
13th Jan 2007, 17:32
Mi 74 matador (6 cil) is the best car I ever had!
And I have had 240 American cars in mi firm.
Anton from Belgium.