Muscle Car Underdogs: 16 of the Best Muscle Cars from AMC

By vukasin

The American Motors Corporation began in 1954 when the Hudson and Nash car companies merged. From the start, AMC concentrated on the economy car field. For a few decades, this company was a tough competitor to the Big Three, offering numerous small, budget models that sold well and were common on America’s roads. However, they were constantly trying to invent something new to stay relevant in the market and be profitable.

In fact, AMC presented many memorable models like the AMC Gremlin, the Hornet, the Pacer and the infamous muscle duo, the Javelin and AMX. Despite the fact they were much smaller than the Big Three, AMC was innovative. When the muscle car craze was at its peak in the late ’60s, the company was active with a line of unique and respectable models. So here is a list of the forgotten and rare AMC muscle cars they produced from the late ’50s until the late ’70s.

  1. Rambler Rebel V8

This one is an interesting early AMC muscle car that was born by chance. Squeezing a 327 V8 engine from a Nash Ambassador into the small, compact and light Rambler body created one seriously fast yet unassuming muscle machine. The 327 V8 delivered 255 HP, which wasn’t that much, but in the small Rambler body, it was enough for a 0 to 60 mph time of just seven seconds.

To make things even more interesting, only the expensive fuel injected Chevrolet Corvette could beat the small Rambler in 1957. However, the powerful engine option raised the price of an affordable Rambler. So only a few buyers were ready to pay extra for the privilege of outrunning anything else on the road. As a result, they only built 1,500 of them.