My next car, will be a Marlin, preferably a 1967 Marlin. I believe this is the best looking of all Marlins. Certainly the rarest!
Thank you for taking the time to post all this. It seems Ramblers get inside a person more than most cars, even of the same era.
When you say "This Rambler Rebel holds my life's timeline", I know just what you mean. I have been trying to track down the '67 Rebel 770 that was our family car from 1970 to about 1975. Obviously nothing like as long a family history as your car, which is a really wonderful story, but those were my 5 years of teen age life. And when you're that age, everything is formative and stays with you.
I learned to drive it when I was 14 and got my licence in it the month I turned 15. So the memories are deep. And I lost my licence in it when 16 (do-nuts down town one night showing off to my sister!).
Our was New Zealand assembled - they were quite a good seller here - so right-hand drive with the 232 ci and 3-on-the-tree manual shifter. What a fabulous 6-seater. I vividly recall my dad taking us all one evening to a car sale place to see it.
He'd narrowed it down to just two: the Rebel and a 67 Jaguar 3.8 S-type 4-spd manual. Both cars were identical year, mileage, engine size and price. He asked us all which we preferred. I was taken aback. How on earth, I remember thinking, could anyone even imagine there was any real choice? The huge, glamorous American completely out shone the dated Brit. Obviously we got the Yank-Tank. I was the proudest kid in town. Gosh, today a mint Jag S-type like that would fetch 6 times the price of a mint Rebel. I'm a classic car fan but, personally, I'd pay 6 times more for a mint Rebel like yours than one of those classy Jags.
Love your web site and the pics. Thanks again for the trip you took me down memory lane.
Proud owner of this 1967 AMC Rambler Rebel 770.