I recently came across a small trove of junkyard Ramblers in a short period of time and have become completely smitten with them, especially in wagon format and even more so when of mid-’60s vintage, the designs are refreshingly different and the engineering interesting. This 1963 770 Cross Country wagon is part of the 1963 Rambler Classic line that was 1963’s Motor Trend Car Of The Year, featuring advanced build techniques such as unitized sides with larger stampings instead of dozens of little pieces spliced together. This particular one seems to be finished in Calais Coral Poly Metallic paint, at least the parts where it hasn’t all fallen off. Curiously the tail panel has Ambassador trim on it but the rest of the tailgate and the 770 lettering looks original judging by the rust patterns, perhaps a factory oversight in Kenosha? The 770 was the top of the Classic line with 550 and 660 below while the Amabassador always had a V-8 and was available in 880 and 990 trims.
This Classic Six obviously features an inline-6, and it appears to be the standard on the 770 trim aluminum block 127hp unit, (the cast iron version was a no-cost option, standard on the 550 and 660). There was also a 138hp version available optionally on either block in ’63 but I don’t know how to tell the difference. Inside this one has the bench seat and I can’t get enough of the WeatherEye climate control system with the goofy but charming dual levers, one for either side of the instrument cluster although this one doesn’t have the optional A/C. As always I’ll recede into the background while you take a look without me blathering on.