Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1981 VAM Rambler American – With 282 Cubic Inch Six

Yes, it looks like an AMC Concord, but it really is a Rambler American, by virtue of having been built in Mexico, where VAM kept the Rambler names (Classic, American) going right until the end of production in 1983. RiveraNotario found this one in Mexico City, a two door with the 4.6 L (282 cubic in) version of the AMC six that VAM had been building there for some years.

I’m not 100% certain of the year, as the grilles deviated from the US versions some years. But that’s my guess.

If you think this is a bit unusual, wait ’till you see the VAM Lerma.

Before we do that, let’s look at this a bit more. The “4.6” badge on the rear fender is definitely an eye catcher. VAM also made a 252 cubic inch version too. And because they didn’t have to deal with US emission regulations, they carbs and a more aggressive cam. I can just imagine the torque these made.

The interior looks pretty much the same as the concord, but then I’m not exactly an expert on these.



The Lerma was created by VAM, something of a cross between the Concord (American) and the Spirit. It came in both 4-door and 2-door versions.

Here’s the 2-door. There’s not many of these to be found via a Google Image search, so I suspect few were made in the first place and fewer have survived. We do have a post on the Lerma here.

Cross An AMC Concord With A Spirit: The Lerma