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Southern California Photography, September 2008


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Saturday, September 20, 2008 Still Rambling (a 1959 Rambler Six Custom Sedan)

1959 Rambler Six Custom Sedan

On the streets of Santa Monica, it was suddenly 1959 at the curb, a 1959 Rambler Six Custom Sedan, looking as if it had rolled of the assembly line in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the month before even if a small part here and there was missing. Click here for an original vintage advertisement illustrated with a "Professor Parks" comic and color photos.  Prices for one of these sedans started at 1,835.00 back then.

But this isn't a stripped model this one has the optional push-button Flash-0-Matic automatic transmission, power brakes, tinted glass, radio, and backup lights. It must have cost a bit more, new.

There's more here

    The 1959 Rambler Six Custom Sedan was the brain child of American Motors President George Romney. By 1959, Romney appeared to be that rarest of men: a prophet with honor in his own country.

Ah, just like his son, Willard "Mitt" Romney no, that can't be right.  John McCain is now running for president, not Mitt.  And to put things in perspective, John McCain graduated, barely, from Annapolis in June 1958, and this car would have been introduced to the public in late September of that same year.  One of these might have been the first car John McCain owned, having just finished college.  Think about that.

1959 Rambler Six Custom Sedan
1959 Rambler Six Custom Sedan
1959 Rambler Six Custom Sedan
1959 Rambler Six Custom Sedan
1959 Rambler Six Custom Sedan
1959 Rambler Six Custom Sedan
1959 Rambler Six Custom Sedan

Nearby, a little symbolism

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.


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