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DOTS: Ambassador for the Streets Edition

Afternoon Repost

This lovely avocado colored AMC Ambassador Coupe was quite a sight for sore eyes on a particularly slow day for car spotting.

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I love this picture. There is a lot of patina but it only adds to this car’s character. I would guess this is an older restoration that sat outside for too long. The chrome is mostly in good shape and everything is here.

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I’m not sure why this tarp was taped down on the roof, but maybe the weather sealing was letting in water. I believe this is an old promotional banner for the shop I saw this outside of.

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This car wouldn’t have been all that remarkable when new, but very few of these have survived. The only other AMC Ambassador I recall seeing was a sedan and was in pretty rough shape, albeit moving under its own power.

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I like the faux vents in the rear that tie the two light clusters together. As you can see, the vinyl is disintegrating before your eyes but everything is present.

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Lovely 343 badge right there. Just a V, since the 8 is implied. This also appears to be an SST model. I didn’t find any information about this trim level in a precursory search but I do think I’ve narrowed down the year to 1968.

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The interior is present, but clearly in need of some attention. Looks to be a nicely equipped automatic model with sporty color matched two tone seats. I also think that air vent on the passenger side looks more modern than I expected. Mazda used a similar design in the mid 2000s.

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Now for what I originally stopped for.

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You simply don’t see Ford Country Squires anymore.

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The hood ornament is pretty bent up, but the rest of the body appears intact. Lovely wheels too, which seem to be free of curb rash.

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This one had some aspirational vinyl woodgrain faded almost beyond recognition.

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Unlike the AMC above, Ford just stuck on a cheap reflector. Their cash strapped competitor managed to shell out for recessed reflector 15 years earlier. Where did we go wrong?

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I really wanted to look at this very rare old Toyota Van up close but I was on a delivery and someone was looking at me very strangely as I took the picture. I was afraid it might be her van so I left, though I saw her get into a new Maxima on my way out. This one seems pretty solid and even has some fancy rims.

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In the same parking lot was this rough but reasonably rare quad cab GMC. It may have belonged to the same person.

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I hate to say it, but aren’t wheels supposed to be round? How does this dealer think they are going to sell this tastefully modified 5 speed Dodge Dart with a smashed rim? I actually would rock this, but only if it was cheap.

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Bug Eyed Sprite? I don’t know.

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And I leave you with some photos of a beautiful sunset.

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Well, the sunset was in the other direction but this cone was more interesting to me.

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