Throughout the Station Wagon’s peak period, the Ford Country Squire reigned supreme, while competitors such as the AMC Ambassador wagon played second (or third) fiddle. Which means that today cars like this 1971 Ambassador Brougham wagon are even rarer. Auctioned on Bring a Trailer, this suburban schooner is a superb time machine.
Mainly, it’s because we haven’t seen any in this state since the Nixon administration. According to the ad, the car has been repainted and benefits from a rechroming. The work appears to be of a high standard, and the general condition is remarkable. From the wood grain in the interior, to the wheels and (yes!) The whitewall tires, nothing here betrays the fact that 50 years ago this bad boy became the pride of Kenosha, Wisconsin. .
Then there is the specification. Granted, Golden Lime Metallic is dangerously close to the Metallic Pea of the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, but it’s also perfectly correct. The same goes for the green vinyl interior, though the contrast between the two greens seems awkward to our modern all-grayscale sensibilities. Another essential part is the sweeping wood grain, and we dig the rally wheels as well. This luxury wagon also comes with factory air conditioning – note the Desert Only max setting. The lazy V-8 under the hood is AMC’s 360 cubic inch unit, hooked up to a three-speed automatic, as God intended.
This AMC offers the same Wonder Years flashback as the Ford and Chevy of the day. And, finally, the ambassador finally got his due; it sold on October 18, after 27 auctions on the Bring a Trailer site, for $ 27,000.
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