For Sale: 1958 Rambler Custom in Chelan Falls, Washington


Vehicle Description

Sold as a pair only. With 1958 Glastron Fireflite. Boat has Honda four stroke 50hp outboard with rack-and-pinion steering. Honda engine cover has custom "'58 Glastron Fireflite" decals. Boat trailer has new wheel bearings. Car has rebuilt engine, rebuilt transmission, rebuilt differential. Body is original paint except for non-original right front fender. Has very little rust, and dozens of shopping cart dings. Both bumpers are damaged. Interior has no rips, but is non-original upholstery. Not a restored car, but well loved and maintained. A genuine 20-footer. It looks great from 20 feet away but has been well received in all car shows. It has also been across country many times. Radio works, A/C works and clock works when warm outside. Like all Nashes, the seats fold down. Two extra windshields, one extra back glass. Other extra parts. This automobile has much historical significance. In 1902, Thomas Jeffrey built a quality horseless carriage, naming it the Rambler. In 1919, the president of General Motors left GM and bought Rambler, renaming the car Nash. Nash merged with Kelvinator in 1937 and in 1938 became the first car company to offer "conditioned air" in its cars. In 1940, Nash became the first to manufacture "unit body construction". In 1954, American Motors Corporation was formed through a merger of Nash and Hudson. 1957 was the final year for both Nash and Hudson, but the 1958 Rambler is a melding of the two cars. A careful study of the styling cues shows that the 1958 Rambler body may have been intended to be the 1958 Hudson. Further evidence of this is the fact that the 1957 Rambler was a much smaller car and the 1960 Rambler shrunk in size to be similar to the 1957's size. The 1958-'59 Ramblers were large cars. I have personally seen a mock-up of the 1958 Hudson "which never was" in a copy of SIA. It became the 1958 Rambler. The boat also has historical significance. 1958 was the second year for Glastron and in my opinion, the best looking design. The hull design incorporates both the Darrin Dip and the Corvette Cove. The boat always gets a lot of attention. NOTE- I was not born into a culture where haggling and bargaining was the norm. This is my price. Ask any questions except for a lower price. ***Update. In August, 2017, I drove from Chelan Falls to Truckee, CA for my niece's wedding. It was a 14 hour drive and the temperature was 90+. The airconditioning performed great on the lowest setting. During the long, long, uphill climb by Yakima, the Rambler's temperature gauge showed only the slightest increase, but I saw many new vehicles by the side of the road with their hoods up. I stayed in a motel in Reno. The next morning when the engine was cold, I checked the fluids and it used no oil and no coolant. The average gas mileage was 20 mpg.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-926386
  • Price:$10,000
  • Location:Chelan Falls, Washington
  • Year:1958
  • Make:Rambler
  • Model:Custom
  • Exterior Color:Alamo Beige/Black
  • Interior Color:Beige/Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Engine Size:Inline 6
  • Odometer:160000
  • Trim Level:Custom
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Restoration History:Partially Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Good
  • Seat Material:Vinyl
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • AM Radio:Yes
  • Bored:Yes
  • Engine History:Rebuilt
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive