Q: Greg, my grandfather has a 1966 Rambler Rebel two-door hardtop. I’m wondering how much it is worth in fairly good condition. It has a 232-cubic-inch, 6-cylinder engine with automatic, power steering and brakes, and has about 110,000 miles on it. Thanks much. Colin L., Illinois.
A: Colin, you do have a rare Rambler Rebel in your garage, but it may never be worth any serious collector money. Your Rebel was built by AMC in Kenosha, Wis., and was manufactured from 1957 through 1960 and then again in 1966 and 1967.
In 1957, the families that purchased Rebels didn't realize they were driving one of the hottest cars on the road. It came with a 327-inch, 255 horse, V-8 with a four-barrel carburetor. However, as I mentioned before in my columns, the ’57 Rebel was supposed to come with Bendix fuel injection system as an option.
Motor Trend Magazine tested an injected Rebel given them by AMC and realized it was quicker on the drag strip than a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette. AMC, in a move to protect its family- and economy-car image, quickly announced that the fuel injection option would not be available, and all of the production Rebels used the four-barrel carburetor. The 327-inch, 288-horse, injected version utilized an electronic fuel injection called the “Electrojector,” and in addition to the "uproar" of AMC having the fastest car on the highway, reliability issues with the electronic control unit also contributed to the nonproduction decision.
Only 1,500 '57 Rebels were produced, and in 1958, the Rebel name was used on all standard Ramblers powered by AMC's 250-inch V-8. This lasted through the 1960 model year, after which all of the 108-inch wheelbase models took the Rambler Classic name.
In 1966, the Rebel name was reintroduced on a version of the Rambler Classic two-door hardtop. It had specific interior upgrading and a revised roofline that fit the popular styles of the day. For 1967, all of AMC's intermediates took the Rambler Rebel name, but in 1968, the Rambler name was dropped and the car was renamed AMC Rebel.
Your car is worth in the $3,800 to $4,200 category in its present condition, and perhaps more to a Rebel lover. Noteworthy is NADA’s Price Guide that lists your car at a high retail price of $6,638.
Overall, 8,336 Classic hardtops were produced in 1966, of which your Rebel is one of the 1,750 that year with Rebel trim. Thanks for your question.
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