Rambler American Rogue

In the mid-1960s American Motors Corporation (AMC) were trying to deal with the new demand for smaller cars with some increased performance.  The Javelin and the AMX were not yet available, so AMC’s opening shot was the Rambler Rogue.  The Rambler Rogue debuted in 1966, however the Rambler Rogue shown in this post is a 1967 model.

Rambler Rogue 290V8 1967 (6)

A 1967 Rambler Rogue

The Rambler Rogue was simply a Rambler American 2-door hardtop with some upgraded trim, interior, and some performance options.  It is a rather nice package, but it should not really be considered a major performance car.  I found the look of this car to be quite attractive and, in addition, perhaps I was drawn to this car by its uniqueness and somewhat underdog status.

Rambler Rogue 290V8 1967 (5)

I liked The Rather Simple Lines In This Rambler Rogue

The two-toned paint job is eye-catching without being too gaudy.  The wheels on this car appear to be after-market wheels and the tires are significantly larger than the tires that were originally fitted on the car.

Rambler Rogue 290V8 1967 (2)

Dual Exhausts Hint At Performance From The Rogue

This Rambler Rogue has badges on the car indicating that it has a 290 cubic inch V8 engine.  I am not sure which version of the 290 V8 is in this car.  There was a 2-barrel carburetor version that was rated at 200 horsepower and a 4-barrel carburetor version that was rated at 225 horsepower.

I have included a copy of a part of a road test of a 1966 Rambler Rogue with the 2-barrel 290 cubic inch V8 engine that was published in August 1966 edition of Car Life magazine.


“Car Life” Magazine Road Test Of A 1966 Rambler Rogue With A 2-Barrel 290 Cubic Inch V8

While the above road test was for a 1966 Rambler Rogue, the 1967 Rambler Rogue was very similar and it would be expected that the performance of a 1967 version would be very similar.  This road test is also a stark reminder of the fuel consumption of some cars in the mid-1960s.  The 2-barrel carburetor version of the 290 cubic inch V8 engine was not a high performance engine, but it still had a fuel consumption of 12 miles per US gallon.

Rambler Rogue 290V8 1967 (3)

The Rambler Rogue Came With A heavy Duty Suspension

The Rambler Rogue shown in this post had a bench-type front seat, but the middle portion of the seat was taken up by an armrest and, in effect, a booster seat in the middle.  I understand that bucket seats and a center consol were available as an option in the Rambler Rogue.

Rambler Rogue 290V8 1967 (8)

This Rogue Does Not Have “Bucket Seats” But The Armrest Is A Nice Touch

While American Motors Corporation were no doubt thinking of the “pony car” market when they brought the Rambler Rogue out, the better comparison would be with the Dodge Dart GT with the 273 cubic inch V8 engine and the Chevy II Nova Super Sport with the 283 cubic inch engine.  In my humble opinion, the Rogue is more appealing than the Dodge Dart GT.  The comparison between the Rogue and the Chevy II is a closer call.

Rambler Rogue 290V8 1967 (7)

The Dashboard Is Very Functional And Simplistic

The interior of this Rambler Rogue is rather simple, which I like.  This car has an after-market tachometer which draws attention to the fact that AMC should have included a tachometer that was built into the dash as standard equipment, if they truly wanted to convey the image of a performance car.

Rambler Rogue 290V8 1967 (4)

This Rambler Rogue Had A Simple Floor-Shift Four-Speed Transmission

Like other AMC products at that time the Rambler Rogue was not a big seller, which now makes them rather rare these days.  The Rambler Rogue was available from 1966 to 1969 when the entire Rambler American line was dropped and replaced by the Hornet series.  The yearly production was as follows:

  • 1966 – 8,718 units
  • 1967 – 4,129 (2-door coupe) and 921 (convertible) units
  • 1968 – 4,549 units
  • 1969 – 3,543 units

Note that a Rambler Rogue convertible was available in 1967 only.

The base selling price of a Rambler Rogue was in the $2,300 to $2,500 range, but the base Rambler Rogue came with an inline 6-cylinder engine.  Having the 6-cylinder engine in the Rambler Rogue reminds me of the old Texas saying describing a cowboy as “All hat and no horse”.

Overall, the Rambler Rogue was an interesting car and is worthy of a close look.

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97 Responses to Rambler American Rogue

  1. Greg G says:

    I had a 66 Rogue in Red for a while in 1973 or so. I got it from my Aunt who was going to trade it in on a Nova, but the dealer was only going to give her $250 toward the new car. So I got it for 300.
    Was a 6 cylinder (4.2 Litre) with an automatic. Was a decent car, even had AC. I thought thee were nice looking cars, just enough different from Darts, Falcons, etc to be noticable, I sold it after about a year to a fellow who worked for me. He and his wife drove if for about 4 years. She ran over some debris on night, and cut the trans cooler line and the trans went. I remember getting about 20 or so MPG, Gas was <.40 a gallon so a fill up was 8 or 9 bucks.

    • Bart O says:

      I also had the same color 1966 Rouge, I added the factory AC (taken from a wreck) when I was in college; since few were sold with AC, it may be the same one I owned in 1968.

  2. anthon says:

    i have the same modle but i am putin a 327 in it because the 290 and 390 are not built i love these kind of cars and the one u have looks good

  3. jim kalman says:

    I have a 1966 rambler american, 2dr sedan 440 with the factory 290 v8. I cant find much info on this car. Its not the rogue though. Anyone know about this car?

    • Hi Jim,
      I have some bits and pieces of information about this car/model. Is there some specific information that you are looking for?

      It is interesting that your car has a factory installed 290 V8 engine. The 290 V8 engine was introduced during the later part of the 1966 model year, so it is a relatively rare combination for that year. Some numbers for your consideration: The total AMC 1966 model year production was 295,897 units, yet only 623 cars had the 290 V8 engine. Of the V8 equipped AMC cars, 44,300 cars had the 287 cubic inch V8 and 45,235 had the 327 cubic inch V8. So you can see how relatively rare your 1966 car is with its 290 V8 engine.

      Steve McKelvie

      • Hal Glasgow says:

        Steve I have an American Rogue 1966 with 290 V8. Mine has a T-35 auto trans and has a 354 geared rear end/posi traction. Mine has been authenticated by Tn motor vehicles dept. It had 64,000 on it when I got it and had been in dry storage for 31 yrs. Needless to say it will fly. It also came with Holley 4barrel. I have no place to store it so I am going to pass it on to another collector.

  4. Carl Conklin says:

    I had a 1967 Rogue in 67 and wish I had it today. It came from the factory with a 343 four speed.
    It was on the qtr mile track all summer of 67 driven by Ward Morrell of St Joseph Mi . For the local AMC dealership.I purchased it that same year. The car was all anniversery gold with tan / gold bucket seats.
    If any one knows of one for sale PLEASE contact me.
    Carl 1-626-331-9960. Thanks

    • Ken Johnston says:

      I noticed your comment about a 343 engine. I had a 66 w/290 that was reworked & raced by a Delrose Rambler, Pittsburgh, Pa. The car had the 343 heads (bigger valves) & AFB four barrel, T10 Four speed w/Hurst shifter, 4:44 gears & dual exhausts. I surprised many a Camaro, Firebird & Mustang..lots of fun. I worked at the largest area AMC dealer ’69 thru 71…drove every high performance vehicle available – we sold more Hi-Po AMC’s than any tri-state dealer. Hemmings Muscle Car in January ran an advertisement & article about 343 Rogues. I have never heard of them before or seen one in all my AMC history. I do not recall ever seeing anything in the Group 17 parts cataloguie (AMC Performance parts). Can you shed some light here? I cannot imagine somehthing like this not getting my immediate attention or our gear head parts manager!!! Thanks!!! Ken
      PS: Sorry to see that I had one of 623 produced & let it go!!!! YIKES!!

      • Hi Ken,
        Your comment about not being aware of a Rambler Rogue with a 343 V8 engine caused me to look into this matter. I believe that the 343 V8 engine was only available from AMC in 1969 which was the last year of the Rambler American and thus the Rambler Rogue. The information that I have does not show that the 343 V8 was an option for the Rogue or any car in the Rambler line-up. I did not see the article in Hemmings Muscle Car about the 343 Rogues, but perhaps the factory made some special Rogues.

        Steve McKelvie

      • Dug Raby says:

        The 343 was available in 1967 but not many exist and identified by X in Vin #.
        Just saw a very rare 220 post car 343 4 spd, in S Carolina.

      • Rande Bell says:

        Concerning the 343 V8 in the 1967 Rogue, it was a midyear option. While you won’t find it listed in the Rambler brochure for 1967, it was advertised in a number of carbuff magazines during 1967, and Car&Driver magazine roadtested a 1967 Rogue 343 in their July 1967 issue. Also to address a comment by Steve McKelvie about bucket seats for the Rogue in 1967, look again at your photo of the interior for the black & gold Rogue – it indeed does have bucket seats, and they were standard on Rogue. What it doesn’t have is a console – AMC installed a center seating pad and fold-down armrest in place of consoles on Rogue models.

      • gary mills sr says:

        Ken Johnson, for information on all rouges go to Rambler Rouge Site. There you will find that there were 58 Rouges built with the 343 280 HP. A 1967 ONLY OPTION! 11 Convertibles!! This site has the decoder for all engines and production for ALL ROUGES!!

  5. Levi says:

    What would one in good, drive able condition go for?

    • It is hard to know the value of such a car as everyone’s definition of what “good, driveable condition” actually means is a little different. However, I would value such a Rambler Rogue at about $8,000.

      Steve McKelvie

      • Rod Wiens says:

        I bought a 1967 Rambler Rogue with 343 4 speed, for $250.00 from a friend who picked it up for me at a Vancouver BC Can. car auction in 1975 His brother was the auctioneer.
        I was in grade 11, The car was in excellent condition.
        I’d give anyone 8 grand for one like that in a heartbeat
        Rod Wiens

  6. John Whiehouse Sr says:

    I know of a ’68 in a junk yard I can get for $800, the owner that junked it had taken the interior out and BURNED it in a bon fire, the body is MINT NO RUST ANYWHERE, also no engine or trans, but other than that, it’s all there, including the Rogue emblems, think it’s worth getting and restoring? I’d put everything back factory except the driveline, I’d go with a modern fuel injection system, like a late model 5.7,,6.1, or a 6.4 Hemi.

  7. Hal Glasgow says:

    I have a 1966 Aerican Rogue w/ 290 and 4barrel carb , it has a T- 35 transmission and has a posi-traction rear end w/very low gearing. All stickers and veh parts tags are here. It has 67,000 miles and is in excellent condition. Yellow bottom w/black top and trunk. It is for sale !!

  8. Bill Van Orden says:

    I had a 1967 Rambler Rogue when I went to college in the late 70’s. After a few modications (flexible cooler fan, synthetic oil, etc.) I used to get 28 MPG on the highways. This was when gas was about 38 cents/gallon, so it was like driving for free. Enjoyed driving it, though I took a lot of kidding in college for its fully reclining front seats.

  9. I had a 1967 Rambler American Rogue with a 343 Typhoon Engine which became available from AMC in 1967. My Rougue was Dark Stallion Brown( P-38A paint code), T-10 Borg Warner 4spd. and posi- rear (do not know gear ratio) The 343 was available in 1967. To my knowledge only 45+ Rogues were built with the 343. Check the Rogue registry.

  10. ken says:

    Does anyone know if a 1969 rambler was available in convertible? I found one, in a barn, I want to buy, but I don’t know much about them, and the owner said it was a 69., it is a vert. 2 door console auto.

  11. Gary Owens says:

    Hal, might the Rambler still be for sale ? reply to ramblinman66@aol.com thanks, Gary Owens

  12. Randy says:

    Hi Steve, I have a 69 Rogue that I bought in 1970. It was a dealer demo ordered factory special with the 290 v8, hurst close ratio 4 spd and 4:44 (I believe) rear end. It has 106,000 miles garaged for the past 15 years (started and driven occationally). I have rebuilt the engine, tuck & rolled the interior, and removed the vinyl top. Only 1 small dent in the rear bumper. There is an emotional story behind this car so I will probably own it until I pass it on to my grandson. Just wanted to know if this is a rare car with the combo features. Your article and comments on this site are great. Thanks.

  13. JohnMason says:

    The 1969 Rambler American was available in red, white, and blue, 390V-8 and Hurst 4-speed. In 1970, the Rebel Machine made its debuts as well. AMC had an interesting and respectable addition to the Super V-8s of the late 60s. The 67 American Rogue convertible, with the biggest engine and all options is a very, very, rare bird indeed. Earlier in the 60s Rambler sold a lot of the American convertibles, but didn’t come up with the V-8 and other goodies til’ it was really “too late”. sad, since they were something unique.

    • rockjshock says:

      I thought of something else, re Ramblers of the mid and late 60s. Then, in 1970 the Hornet replaced the American, and a year later, the Gremlin made its debut, as a roomy, subcompact VW Beetle alternative. Although Javelin continued to be the standard bearer for performance with the AMX as a specialty vehicle, there were some ‘hot set up’ Hornets and maybe some V-8 Gremlins as well, as I do remember the Gremlin ‘X’ packages. I am one of the former Chrysler Product Owners Club, Inc. Presidents, in the Mid-Atlantic area, and check out CPOC.org for membership for AMC and their antecedents, including of course Willy’s, Hudson, Nash, Jeep, etc. We used to have a fairly large number of 50s, 60s, and 70s AMC products whose owner/members would display at the CPOC sponsored car shows. Of course we still have plenty of Jeep folks. I want to invite those folks to join CPOC again. It is a real bargain at $20 a year, including many events and Newsletter. John.

      • Michael Bailey says:

        The Hornet and the Gremlin were both introduced in the 1970 model year. From 1972 through 1976, a Gremlin could be ordered with a 304 V8.

  14. Joe says:

    i have a 1969 Rambler Rogue 290v8 and i love my car. this car i got 2 years ago and it is the best i am still working on it but i can still drive it up and down the street. i still need body parts if you know were i can get a front bumper the side molding i will be thankful. i fond this webpage today and i am glad i did your article and comments on this site are great and for that i thanks you.

  15. John Mezick says:

    I have a ’66 Rogue 290v8 2bbl, 4spd, Twin Grip, Antiqua Red, Black interior. Bought by my Uncle brand new. Driven by me when I was in High School. Has been in garage for 20+ years and am currently in process of getting back on road. Car is complete, just needs a lot of cleaning and reconditioning, especially vinyl upholstery. Would be interesting to know exactly how many of my car was actually built. Looks like I have at most 1 of 123, since 500 of the 623 I have heard were Yellow/Black two tone. Keep Ramblin.

    Any Rogues in Alabama area?

  16. Mark Whitten says:

    I have a 1967 Rogue convertible. It is a factory 290 4bbl car, Factory red with red\white interior with white top. I have recently “freshened” the original engine up and I am changing the automatic transmission out and replacing it with a T-5 mustang tranny. I have some extra Rogue parts should someone need something. ( I have a 1967 Rogue 2 door hardtop parts car as well) My number is 662-934-4198

    • rockjshock says:

      Sounds like you have a very interesting car. 1967 was also the last year for the Ambassador convertible, and the Rebel convertible soldiered on til’ 1968, and again was offered in several performance versions. Sad the AMC convertibles disappeared, since they were well made cars. Cheers, John.

    • Joe says:

      i need a front bumper for a 1969 Rambler Rogue 290v8 do you know if is the same as a 1967?

    • terry spraggs says:

      mark: I am looking for chrome trim for my 67 rogue convert if you have some for sale I will go into more detail on next email
      Terry spraggs

    • Ken Fletcher says:

      Hi mark I too have a 67 rogue convertible 290-auto. Do you still have your ? Do you have the parts car still?

    • Mike Micka says:

      Mark i am looking for a 1967 Rogue to replace the one i owned in high school. it was a factory 343 v8 four speed posi car with rogue emblems. dark blue color balck vinyl bucket seats. One of 58 built accordining to the amcyclopedia. Willing to build one if i have to. Anyone have some leads would be appreciated.

  17. terry spraggs says:

    Back in 1967, I ordered and received a 220 2dr sedan with 343 and appropriate 4 speed and other related stuff. Sold it in 1968 as the tickets were making my career go south. I have never heard of another and wonder if others were built. It was a wild little car

  18. rockjshock says:

    I got a bit of flack for saying the Gremlin was later than the Hornet redo, which replaced the American in the 1970 model lineup. Originally, in the fall of 69 lineup and AMC catalogue, for 1970, there was no Gremlin yet. It did come out later, but I believe whoever said it was for the 1970 model year, they are correct. Sad AMC didn’t bill it as a 71 then, to get the added sales bump. Oops, I forgot, AMC basically went out of business, dying a slow and painful death, and Chrysler finally ‘rescuing’ Jeep and keeping some cool AMC nomenclature, like Eagle. Oops, you can google Gremlin and get EXACTLY WHEN IT DEBUTED TO THE PUBLIC!!! I liked the Gremlin and the Pacer, but their marketing development missed a few beats. My favorite American Rogues would be the two tone paint ones, WITH vinyl roof as well. That was a 67 option, and mabye a year before and after, as well. It seems that 1967 was the Zenith for quite a few American cars, including the high end Pontiac with the levered front turn signals. Ahh, 1967, the First and Maybe Only, Official (in pop culture) Summer of Love!

  19. Bill Mitchell says:

    I am the third owner of a 1967 Two Door American Rambler. It is factory equipped with a 343 V8 and 4 speed transmission. AMC only built 55 Rogues with the 343 and even less of the Two Door with the 343. You Rambler Guys should check out the AMC Forum……Bill Mitchell

  20. Robert says:

    Grandmother passed and left me her 69′ rambler w/ a inline 6 two door . The badging on the car says 232 rogue.also 39,000 miles on it.

  21. Rob says:

    These AMC Rambler Rogues were neat looking cars..I went to a junk yard in VA..this past weekend and ran across a 67 Rogue..The Body was still in tack and a 2 dr..Would make a good project or Drag car…Somebody go and rescue it….. Rob…..

  22. Rob says:

    Hey guys,,about that 67 Rogue in the junk yard…It is in Prince George Va.{Fort Lee}..Chesterfield Auto Parts,,4855 Puddle Dock Rd.23875,,,,,,#804-732-9253 It has been 2 weeks today,,when I saw it there…..I did a search on their site but it didn’t show it….Good Luck…Rob…

  23. Greg G says:

    There is one of the Americans that were built specificaly to compete in the Shell 400 Rally in Canada on the Bring a Trailer site for sale. I believe they made 1 prototype and 3 team cars. 2 door post cars with 390 4speed and HD suspension.

    • Hi Greg,
      You are right about AMC building one prototype and three team cars for the Shell 4000 rally. The cars actually had the 290 cubic inch V8 with the 4-barrel carburetor which is rated at 225 horsepower, but the rally cars had heavier valve springs and a larger 4-barrel carburetor from the 343 cubic inch V8 engine. The engines had to be mostly stock to meet Group 2 specifications. The cars were fitted with a four-speed transmission and a standard 3:54 rear differential.
      It is interesting that Lloyd Howell, who was one of the developers of the Langwell rally computer that I just bought, was brought on by AMC to be a “special consultant”. As a result the rally cars were fitted with Halda Speedpilots and Langwell rally computers for the navigators.
      I have some more complete information on these cars which I will post on my website later today.
      Steve McKelvie

  24. Richard Hille says:


    I recently acquired a 1966 440 American 2 door sedan with the 290 V8, Borg-Warner automatic, power steering and four wheel drum power brakes. It is rust free an is an original California black license plate vehicle. It needs a complete restoration, but is all there. My original intention was to build a Gasser style hot rod out of it with a 401 and a torque-flite trans. Based on an earlier statement you made in this thread I am concerned about hot rodding this car if it is as rare as you say it is. Did they really only produce 623 cars with the 290 V8 in 1966, or am I misunderstanding that comment?

    Richard Hille
    Hille Racing
    7 time member of the 200 mph club

    • Hi Richard,
      You have asked a good question, so I went back to re-check my source of that number. First of all I do not have original data so I am relying on data produced by others. My sources for the statement that only 623 1966 AMC cars had the 290V8 engine is a book entitled “Standard Catalog Of Independents” edited by Ron Kowalke and printed in 1999 by Krause Publications. The data in this book on the AMC cars from 1966 – 1975 was compiled by Larry Daum. I do not know either of these gentlemen and have no reason to doubt this statement. As the 290V8 was introduced during 1966, I would expect that there were not a lot of 290V8 engines in the 1966 cars. Many 1966 model cars would have been built in the later part of 1965 and by August 1966 or so AMC would have been building 1967 model year cars. BTW, in 1966 AMC produced 5,252 2-door sedan versions of the 440 model line.

      Perhaps someone can jump in here and provide additional information on this matter.

      Also, I have read of your racing activities and congratulations on your multi-time 200 mph club membership.

      Steve McKelvie

      • Richard Hille says:

        Thank you Steve for your quick response. After receiving your note I found a book in my own collection titled “Amazing AMC Muscle” by Edrie J. Marquez which ALSO quotes (on page 78) a figure of 623 total Rambler vehicles equipped with the 290 V8 for 1966, they also claim that approximately 500 Americans got the V8 with the majority of those being the Rogue models, but they were available on all late 1966 Americans. So it sounds like overall my little 2 door sedan 440 is a pretty rare bird. My current plan is to rebuild the original 290 V8, Borg Warner automatic and rear axle and put them away. I will then install a 401 V8 that I have along with a Chrysler built Torque Flight and an appropriately strong rear axle all in a very stock looking package that should have relatively sparkling performance.

        Life begins at 150 mph….

        Richard Hille

      • Hi Richard,
        Thanks for independently checking this data about the use of the 290 V8 engine in 1966 as well. Your plan seems to be the best of both options. When you have completed your transplant in the 2-door 440 I would appreciate hearing more about this and seeing some pictures.
        As an aside, next month I will be meeting with an open road competitor to discuss methods of improving his results at the NORC while running with no navigator.
        Steve McKelvie

      • Steve,

        If you would like to share my e-mail address with your friend, I would be more than happy to discuss the NORC and SSCC with your friend. I know the course really well and could offer some suggestions regarding running it effectively solo as all my Unlimited Class runs were solo. During my Open Road Racing time I spent over two and half hours total time over 200 MPH.

        Richard Hille

      • Hi Richard,
        I might do that. This fellow has competed in these events twice (in the 150 mph class I think), so I think that he knows the course reasonably well. He is concerned about getting his timing error into the sub-one second range without a navigator and by doing the least amount timing activities at speed.
        I competed in NORC at few years ago and we had an error of 0.28 seconds and still finished third in class!
        Steve McKelvie

      • Steve,
        My “Most Accurate” performance happened at the last Pony Express 130 event held 8/24/2008. I was running in their top class, 170 MPH and it is a two way event, 85 miles one way and 45 miles back. (I know that sounds strange, but that is how they did it.) I averaged 170.0000 mph and had a ZERO time error out to four decimal places, which is as far as their system could give them. Believe me, you can’t do that on purpose, you just have to be very close and let luck give you the final push to zero it all out. I DO have a system for getting darn close that I would be willing to share with you and your friend, but I do not want to announce it to the whole world.

        Let me know privately if you or your friend are interested.

        Richard Hille

      • Doug says:

        AMC Forum has great knowledge / people & researched information!

  25. Gary. Wilkins says:

    Is this car for sale.

  26. Gary wilkins says:

    Hey Steve I made a offer on heathers car told her if I got out bid tell me I can go up some. But I am looking for a 390 or 343 car with bab4 speed. 1966-1969 brogue or scrambler vthanks gary Wilkins

    • Rande Bell says:

      By now, you’ve learned that the 390 wasn’t offered in the Rogue(but was in AMX and possibly in Javelin), just the 290 option for 1966, and sometime in 1967 the additional option of a 343 V8 for newer Rogue’s.

  27. Hello. Can you please find the owner of the black and gold car. I want to buy it

  28. Doug says:

    There is / was a red & black convertible V8 4 speed for sale California.

  29. Gary Wilkins says:

    Who owns this car and how can I contact them

  30. Bob Finn says:

    In the spring of 1966 I purchased one of 200 limited edition AMC Rogue’s. Those 200 cars had a metal flake gold paint on the bottom and black hood, top and trunk. This was the first Rogues with the 290 V8’s and the 4 speed trans on the floor. Black interior, bucket fronts seats that reclined. My family dealt with the dealer for several years and I was lucky enough to be able to purchase one of two that they were allocated. The fun part of driving this car started when I took the 290 V8 emblems off and replaced them with a “232 SIX” emblems. I can still see faces on the Mustang 269 V8’s drivers. They just couldn’t understand how a Rambler had that kind of power in a 232 SIX 🙂

    The sad part of this story is that I totaled out the car on the early evening of July 15, 1966 when another driver made a left turn in front of me. My passengers and I were on our way to a going away party. The good part was we were not hurt and made it to the party. Oh, the party, I had been drafted and on the following Wednesday I was off to Fort Lennard Wood, MO for 8 weeks of a little hell in a hot MO summer. I never saw the car again.

    An after thought, when I came home in 1968 my little brother was in position of a 1988 red, white and blue Scrambler 390 V8 with the 4 on the floor. Another hot car by AMC. I had plans of returning from the army to purchase an AMX but starting a family put a damper on that 😦 Still have a soft spot for the AMC’s.

    • Bob Finn says:

      OOPs, 260 V8 Mustangs, sorry.

      • Bob Finn says:

        OOPs again, my brother’s Scrambler was a 1968

      • Rande Bell says:

        If you were competing in stoplight starts against 1966 Mustangs, they would have had 289 V8s (200hp,225hp, 271hp options). Only the early 1965 Mustangs (built Jan-July 1964) had a 260/164hp option in addition to one 289/210hp option.

  31. Gary Wilkins says:

    Steve I offered crazy heather 7400 bucked for her rogue. It’s a automatic with a 290. It’s best all to hell and require about 15 grand to fix right. 4 speed and a 343. Or a 390 I just built. 357 SBC roller motor made 523 HP cost 9800 with out carb the interior in her car is junk door panels rough carpet sucks needs to be stripped to metal and body work. L front finder my be fixable. I went up from 6500 to 7000 and then 7400 offered to split the ship cost of 750. He it’s hard to deal with a woman. Can’t see the forest for the trees. It’s a good foundation but it will require a lot of cash. Sorry I tried. I’m looking for s 343 rogue or a 390 scrambler. Let her restore it she will see what it takes. Lol. Thanks for your help but I’m not into getting screwed.

  32. gary says:

    Hi guys I have 66 rogue 290 4 speed black over gold 80,000 miles rescued it from damaged car auction in los angeles and shipped it to australia to my body shop where I installed a front clip and resprayed it I an currently fitting a rebuilt 343 and should have running soon such a unique car at any show

  33. Go to RAMBLER ROUGE SITE and you will see that in 1967 Amc producted 58 Rouges with the 343 280hp engine and ONLY 11 were convertibles! Also a FULL decoder for all engines. Thanks Gary Mills

  34. IRA says:

    I am the proud owner of a 65 Rambler Rogue Convertible. with a 343 CI. Supposedly 1 of 2 in existence that was converted from an American 440 to a Rambler Rogue. Nut and bolt restoration by prior owner.

  35. Tim Charlebois says:

    My second car was a Rambler Rogue 290 4 speed convertible I was sure it was a 69 but by checking out your page I see its only 67 that had convertibles. Wish I would have known then how low the amount of rag top made was. No inter webs back then. It was such a fun car

  36. Rusty says:

    I bought a special Dealer optioned Rouge convertible brand new in the fall of ’67. It was a 290 4 barrel, 4-speed, reclining buckets, black interior, solid yellow exterior with a white top. The day I took ownership the dealers son helped me put headers on it and duel glass packs with full tail pipes. I ran chrome reverse wheels & thin whites on the front, and whitewall cheater slicks on painted steelies on the posi rear. Yes, it was the only one in our small town and I quickly reinforced my reputation of being a nice middle class kid who loved cars and raised hell in them. 2,347 miles new, a deer ran out in front of me on a rainy night and that lil’ screamer and I left the road at high speed. The only exterior item left undamaged was the driver side tail light lens. I should have been killed. Being 70 years old now I have the privilege of reliving the incident through the related aches & pains my doctor attributes to this accident. Oh yeah, I wish I still had this very rare vert but I make do with (3) other Ramblers currently within my collector car stable: ’63 American, 2-door sedan, rust free CA car with a 383″ stroker chevy motor. Second one is a ’69 American rust free wagon from Oregon, stick six and mag wheels. She’s hungry for an engine transplant one of these day soon. Lastly I have a ’66 American 440 convertible, automatic six, rust free CA car all restored and a constant show winner. This would make a beautiful Rouge recreation. Least I say I love Ramblers? Pictures of everything available, and of course all (3) are for sale to the right buyer. No junk on my lot! I can be reached at john@jbcsouth.com.

  37. Bob says:

    Just came across you website – I had a 1966 Rouge in High school ( 1973) yellow – with black on top , 290 4 barrel carb. PS , PB . 4 speed bucket seats. worked at a gas station at that time the car was towed with the rear axle splines stripped out at the wheel . The owner did not want the car anymore I paid $35.00 for it . went to a local junk yard purchased an axle and had it back on the road in a few hours. I had a lot of fun driving it – people a stop lights surprised how fast it was. I remember it also having hub caps.

  38. Gary Hall says:

    Rambler DID make a 1966 Rogue convertible. I know because I own one. Original 290 4 speed 4 barrel.

    • Ira Rubin says:

      Gary, I would like to talk to you about your Rogue Convertible. I bought one last year at a Mecum auction and haven’t been able to gather any information on this particular car. The VIN on my car is W103521.


  39. John Pickering says:

    Yup, I let a good one get away. 1967 Rogue convertible, yellow with white top, black interior with buckets, console and 4 speed on the floor of course. 225 HP 290 V8 with 4 barrel. Duel exhaust with cherry bombs and chrome reverse wheels installed at Lord Bros. AMC in Holcomb, NY for me before I drove her off the lot. She was very cute & very fast. I didn’t beat them all, but I sent a lot of 289 Mustangs home with their tail between their legs. Needless to say I wish I had this car within my personal AMC corral right now.

  40. Cliff Lasley says:

    I owned a 1969 Rambler Rogue for 3 years. It was very peppy with the V8 motor. I had a after market Thermo King under dash Air Conditioning unit installed by Greenberg AMC in Anoka Minnesota shortly after I bought the car. Even with the Air on the V8 moved out. I traded after it started. to rust for a 1973 Dodge Charger.

    • Hi Cliff. Unfortunately rust is an issue for us in snow country because of the salt on the roads. A V8 Rogue would indeed be peppy.
      Steve McKelvie

      • Randy says:

        Hi Steve. I’ve owned my 1969 Rogue since 1970. Just a little over 100,000 miles but the 290 v8, engine has been overhauled and it runs great. New shocks, struts, 4bbl, electronic ignition and electric fuel pump. Low speed rear and 4 speed trans shifts great. Although it has been in my life and garaged 90% of the time (NorCal car), it is time to let someone else have fun with it. Proceeds will go to a bucket list trip to Europe. It is Pompei yellow, tuck & roll seats are about 15 years old but still in good shape. Great car, never raced but it will get up and go. Be happy to send pics and talk to potential buyers. I’ve followed your posts for many years and appreciate all your information.
        Thanks, Randy

      • Hi Randy,
        I do not advertise cars very often as there are many other website that do. However yours is an interesting car and not that common. So please send me some photos and I will post them. I am going to be mostly tied up tomorrow through to Friday, but I will post your photos as soon as I can.
        Steve McKelvie

  41. William Orth says:

    How can I find out how many 1968 Rambler Rogue, s were made with factory air conditioning

  42. Mike says:

    Check with Mark Fletcher on the Amc Forum. He has a lot of info from the Rogue registry. Not sure that there are records of how each Rogue was factory equipped. Amc record keeping was not as through as other manufacturers. Engines don’t even have vin numbers stamped on them which was supposedly required by law, the valve covers have a removable Id tag so no way to know you have a numbers matching car.

  43. Bill French says:

    Hi all,
    I have a chance to buy a 67 rogue convertible with a 6 cyl auto. It has some rust on rear quarters and ware on driver seat. It’s a driver. My question is with the rareness of this car would I hurt the value by swapping the drive train out to a 390 4 or maybe even 5 speed ? The price he has on it is $5000. I also can get a 290 auto to drop in. Your thoughts? Thanks Bill

  44. Mike says:

    The 67 Rogue hardtop had issues with unibody flex with the 343 v8. The convertible flexed even more. So if you put a 390 in it you would have to beef up the unibody structure since the 390 will have significant more torque and hp. You will need a small body v8 cross member, different front springs, rear end on the 6 cyl is lighter duty.
    By the time you collect everything you need to do the swap and correctly stiffen the frame you’ll be upside down in the car. The problem with most amc cars is they weren’t popular back in the day and aren’t popular as a collectors car. Thus prices are low compared to the cost to restore or renovate one.
    As far a hurting the value I don’t think it’s a real issue, you should build the car how you want it. There were a few 67 convertibles with 290 4 speed. If you can do the conversion work yourself great if not you should buy one that’s already completed. Other wise you will have a take huge loss when you sell the car. I own a 67 Rogue hardtop 290 automatic factory AC. Very nice driver.

  45. Dave says:

    looking to buy 1966 Rogue 290-304 4 sp

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