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GREG & SUE PALUMBO - 1965 RAMBLER CLASSIC SEDAN

My name is Greg Palumbo & this is my story of my 1965 Rambler Classic. My love for Ramblers started when I was a child, we had a number of Ramblers in our family. I received my 1965 Classic from my father as a 50th Birthday present, for which I’m very grateful.

My father purchased the car in 2004 from Melbourne. He was attending some of our club runs before that, but once he had his own Rambler he became a member & could attend with his car. He resprayed his Rambler & had the gearbox rebuilt, new tyres, brakes attended to, some electrics and a new radiator, plus an original sun visor was added.

I received the car approximately two years ago. I had the car tuned, changed the dress rim’s to spoke hub caps and I have had some minor work done since I received the car. I would like to give a special thanks Jeff & Steve Fripp & Rohan Borrell for their friendship & help over the years. And also a big thanks to all the members for their help & friendship as well over the years. Thank you also to Robert Oliveria, Danny’s friend who took the professional photos for me.

Written by Greg Palumbo


This is a typical Australian assembled 1965 Rambler Classic Sedan. It is powered by its original 287 ci V8 198 BHP, coupled up to a Borg Warner 3 speed automatic transmission. It makes it a nice cruising car especially with its 2.87 to 1 final drive. The suspension with its four coil springs and torque tube drive (enclosed tail shaft) like its predecessors NASH and Hudson makes this as smooth to ride in, if not better than a Rolls Royce. Greg’s Classic has had a disc brake and power steering upgrade from a later 1971 Rambler Matador, by its previous owner in Melbourne, which makes it easier to turn that big steering wheel in tight situations.

The interior is locally made by Australian suppliers rather than imported from the USA. It differs in material and is apparently of better quality. The roof lining consisted of iron rods and vinyl rather than the American fibreglass material one piece type. The dash board and instruments were the typical USA 1963-1964 style, as its USA counterparts had a new design for both 65 & 66.

Overall, it’s one of the nicest cars that one could ever drive or ride in; giving it, its reputation the Rambler Classic is a smooth and comfortable car. 1089 Classic Sedans were sold in Australia in 1965, this is car number 70.

Written by Jeffery Fripp


1961 – 1966 CLASSIC PRODUCTION TOTALS

YEAR

4-DR SEDAN

4&5-DR WAGON

2-DR SEDAN

2-DR HARDTOP

1961

136,816

86,323

1962

138,036

109,477

34,147

1963

172,622

112,718

34,679

1964

96,816

72,300

13,795

11,516

1965

105,110

61,826

11,643

20,484

1966

68,529

33,918

5505

8,736

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