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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – This is a 1973 AMC Ambassador Brougham with a Honkin’ 401…

Jim Brennan September 6, 2014 For Sale, Weekend Edition 33 Comments

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You all know I have a feature that appears on Friday called the Obscure Muscle Car Garage, which it gives you the chance to vote on cars that you have never thought of as Muscle Cars, and grant them entry into the Garage. Last Friday, you didn’t agree with me that a Buick Lacrosse was an Obscure Muscle Car (with one comment that suggested that I fold the series altogether (!)). Well, here is a car that I would have probably included, and it is now for sale on Craigslist…

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This is a 1973 AMC Ambassador Brougham, which I have read that All Ambassadors were for the 1973 model year. Let’s read the listing, and then I will fill in with some interesting information found out and about on the web…

Have for Sale. 1973 AMC Ambassador Brougham 4 Door Sedan. 401 CI Engine. Automatic Transmission. Runs Good. Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Windows, Tilt Wheel. Vynal Roof. A/C needs belt & ?.

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Let’s talk about the Ambassador… This was AMC’s full sized sedan, except it was only a mid-sized sedan with an extra 4 inches in wheelbase, all forward of the firewall. This was a slight-of-hand that AMC was masterful a during it’s entire history. However, let’s concentrate on that Honkin’ 401 engine for a moment. It was introduced for the 1971 selling season, and produced 330 HP and 430 lb/ft of torque. By 1972, the horsepower rating was revised to the SAE Net ratings industry wide, and the 401 was rated at 235 HP, producing 345 lb/ft of torque. This was still respectable during this time period, as the Ambassador weighed in at 3,900 pounds.

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The seller of this very Brown Brougham wants $5,500 for it, and that may be a little high, but what the hell do I know. This is a special car, and someone might find it appealing. , and tell me what you think about this Ambassador.

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  • Fuhrman16

    While I would prefer the wagon version, I would totally pay five grand for that.

  • Keith

    I could dig it… for about half that price.

  • Rover_1

    Those wheels are the perfect fitment for cars this age, whatever the marque.

    • JayP2112

      I was just reading about the history the other day.

      • Rover_1

        I think Rubery Owen's wheels were made under license in the UK, hence their fitment to Rovers (which is how I know them), Jensens (same 5×5 p.c.d.)and assorted Fords, Vauxhalls and BMC cars.
        ………….And after some googling; licensed by the Wheel Corporation of Lansing, Michigan. Which seems to be now part of the Maxion Corporation? Selling under the Magnum brand? 🙂

        • CCTL

          The wheels look like Magnum 500s, which were used for various pony and muscle cars.

          • Rover_1


        • JayP2112

          Yep but I've defaulted to called every such wheel ROStyle.

          I pulled a set out of the ground, sanded and painted them to use as autox wheels on the MGB.

        • jno

          Thanks for the lead on these wheels. I looked them up and found some at Summit with the width I want. These will be shortlisted with another desirable set for the '75 Bronco I'm redoing.

    • jno

      Marque, Marquee or marquis?

  • stigshift

    Despite being a four door and not a hardtop, I'd take that over the Fury all day long. I'd even pay his ask for it. That's a very sharp AMC.

  • 7FIAT's Later

    Would look better decked-out as a cop car like they where in One-Adam 12. As far as the price, crazy money yet again around the hoarderverse.

  • jno

    Those wheels are nice. I remember seeing something on a speedometer of a used one of these in the mid '70s saying "Police Special" or somesuch. I always was curious about that.

    • BlackIce_GTS

      Police car speedometers are precisely calibrated, because they have to hold up in court.*
      Other cars are not, because they don't (and they tend to be optimistic). According to those 'your speed is ____' signs, when my car says 110km/h, I'm actually going 100. (I wonder if the American equivalent signs even have three digits…)
      Anyway, if I had to predict, I'd say the placard probably pointed to the presence of a precision policeometer.

      *Especially in the early '70s? When did radar guns become widely used?

  • Sjalabais

    Is the steering wheel touching the seat? I like this one, but the Hofm…Brougham knick on the C-pillar has always been awkward, I think. Why create a messy top there instead of a clean, straight shoulder line?

    • Rover_1

      Blame the 'facelift'. When that model's body came out Dick Teague had originally styled a flowing 'coke bottle' line to the door top. Rumoured/credited with being a reference to the 'area ruling' coke bottle shapes,then appearing in transonic aircraft.
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      • Sjalabais

        Now that's much better! Your automotive design knowledge never seizes to amaze.

        • Rover_1

          Ceases? 🙂

          • Sjalabais

            Haha, well…thanks for your advice! =8^)

      • nanoop

        Area rule for cars? Wow, that is ambitious, especially for a four door saloon…

        • Rover_1

          Well… I did state ' Rumoured/credited with being a REFERENCE to the 'area ruling' coke bottle shapes,then appearing in transonic aircraft.' 🙂

          In the same way , I suppose that 1950s/60s cars had tailfins like rockets, or current Lamborghinis (especially in matte black) resemble F117s

          Dick Teague wasn't the only stylist that used the styling feature. Bentley still use it on their homages to the Mk 3 Ford Cortina the current Bentley Mulsanne and Flying Spur.

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          • It could also refer to the curve of a womans hip, while lying on her side. Thats what I prefer to see.

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          • nanoop

            Oh, I'm aware of that kind of hip line as stylistic element, but I never associated it with airplanes. To me, hip line, just as VolvoNut described.

      • What? No mention of the B58 Hustler, the plane actually nicknamed "the Coke Bottle"?

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        • Sjalabais

          Now, how did Pepsi try to match that?

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          • Rover_1

            Not a photoshop!!! and also
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            • Sjalabais

              I have to admit, that's a solid Pepsi win!

        • Rover_1

          Haha 🙂 The Delta Dagger/Dart shows it working on one airframe.

          also:sadly missed, my 1:72 model B58, lost to an exuberant Irish Setter

          • Yes, I get your choice of illustration!

  • topdeadcentre

    I sure hope it doesn't have the four-wheel drum brakes (as my '72 Ambassador did…). The brake fade starts almost before you push the brake pedal…

  • relbmar16

    That price isn’t overpriced at all, it’s way less than I expected.

  • relbmar16

    Not all Ambassadors from 1973 are Broughams. There were fleet models not sold to the public. They were just plain Ambassadors. Sold to the Police and FBI and government agencies. Their interiors were not as h and they didn’t have as much outside trim.

  • Remi Mattera

    Well you see it’s funny, because I bought that exact model year, just recently for $600, the four door sedan, with brown exterior, brougham trim, a mint brown interior, and the original 360cuin and TorqueFlite A727 3speed auto, it doesn’t run, but I’m frantically trying to get it started and looking good, paint was very worn when I first got it, but the Ambassador is a very interesting automobile, it currently holds the title for having the same name for the longest amount of time. I’ve seen many other listings of 73s and I am convinced the only colour they ever sold in was that brown, or at least it was the only colour that was meant to last the ages, early seventies brown, nothing better than it. And I believe that they originally sold at $5,300 when new in 1973 dollars.