1969 S/C Rambler

Article by Mark Trotta

Throughout the Rambler American's 11-year production run, a variety of styles were offered, including 2-door, 4-door, convertible, and station wagon models. In 1969, an all-out performance model was offered; the 315 horsepower, red white and blue, S/C Rambler.

Rambler factory drag car

The S/C Rambler was based on the existing Rambler Rogue model. The Rogue was based on the 440 American hardtop, but featured a 290 cubic-inch V8 along with upgraded interior and minor trim changes.

Rambler American history

Hurst S/C Rambler

Built in collaboration with Hurst Performance, the SC/Rambler was adorned from the factory with graphics and a red, white, and blue paint scheme. Under the hood was a 390 cubic-inch V8, straight out of the two-seat AMX.

The small-block 390 motor featured a forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods and 4-barrel Carter AFB carburetor. With 10.2:1 compression, power output was 315-horsepower and 415 lb/ft of torque. Dual exhaust was standard.

Hurst Rambler factory race car

No transmission options were offered, the buyer got a 4-speed close-ratio manual gearbox with Hurst linkage and heavy-duty 10.5" clutch. The "Twin Grip" rear axle had a 3:54 gear ratio.

To help handle the additional power, connectors were added between the front and rear sub-frames. The rear axle was fitted with fore-and-aft staggered shock absorbers to help eliminate wheel hop, a common problem when leaf spring suspensions are over-powered.

Name Pronunciation

Sometimes referred to as the "S.C." Rambler, it is commonly called the "Scrambler Rambler", although AMC Jeeps would later use the Scrambler name. The initials "S/C" are believed to be an abbreviation for "Super Car".

The hood scoop was functional and actuated by a vacuum-operated air flapper. Chrome hood pins were standard equipment. Neither A/C nor power steering options were available on the S/C Rambler.

SC Hurst Rambler history

Inside the car, a floor mounted Hurst 4-speed floor shifter came with a large metal "T" handle. Standard equipment included a column-mounted Sun tachometer and sport steering wheel. The head restraints were finished in red white and blue striped vinyl.

While all other Rambler American models had 4 wheel drum brakes, the S/C package was equipped with front disc brakes, along with a heavy-duty radiator, heavy-duty springs and shocks, and a larger front sway bar.

The steel wheels were Ford-style Magnum 500's painted AMC blue, with chrome beauty rings and AMC hub centers. Tires were E70-14 fiberglass-belted with thin red-stripes.

SCRambler history

Original plans called for 500 examples to be built, just enough to be eligible for stock classes in drag racing events. Produced for just one year only, a total of 1,512 units were built. All SC/Ramblers were built as two-door hardtops.

American Motors placed the suggested retail price (MSRP) at just $2,998. It was the most economical muscle car you could buy in 1969. The only factory option was an AM radio.

S/C Rambler Performance

In stock trim, quarter-mile times were in the low 14 second range. With a few simple bolt-on modifications, they were capable of running low 12's.

Clone Cars

Because of the relative ease of installing a V8 into any one of the large number of 1966-1969 Rambler Americans produced, an SC/Rambler is one of the easiest muscle cars to replicate.

Identifying a true SC/Rambler is fairly straightforward. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) will have the letter "M" as the third digit and engine code "X" as the seventh digit.

Rambler muscle car

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