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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.