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The 1964 Rambler 770 Featured Innovative Engineering

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From CRO Members Todd and Mark Sherrod

Today, when collectors and enthusiasts hear about a 1964 Rambler 770, they often think of the sporty Typhoon, a two-door hardtop from American Motors Corporation (AMC). The 770 was the highest trim line offered in the mid-size Rambler Classic, which was sold as a two-door coupe, four-door sedan or wagon.

The vehicle featured engineering advances like the uni-side door surround that replaced over 50 parts with one metal stamping. Motor Trend recognized AMC’s accomplishments by naming the Classic its “Car of the Year” the previous year. The Detroit automaker offered three engines in the 770 Classic: the base 3.2 L inline six, the new “Typhoon” 3.8 L inline six and a larger 4.7 L V8. The latter featured a two-barrel carburetor and hydraulic valve lifters. It combined 16-20 mpg fuel economy with a 10-second time in the zero-60 test. The 770-H Classic included the V8 engine and reclining bucket seats.

New Inline Six Engine Introduced

The Typhoon was introduced April 1964, midway through the model year. It was a sportier version of the 770, featuring a brand-new engine design. In fact, AMC introduced this special edition 770 Classic to celebrate the introduction of its new short-stroke, 232 cu-in “Typhoon” inline six. The innovative 145 hp engine became a popular power source in both AMC and Jeep vehicles. In fact, it was still used in some Jeeps through the 2006 model year, understandably in modified form.

The Typhoon Commemorative Model

The 1964 Rambler 770 Typhoon was a limited-edition car with production limited to just 2,520 units. Those that liked the idea of a yellow car with a black roof were in luck because that was the only color combination offered! The vehicle was also distinguished by its distinctive grille with blacked out accents and sporty vinyl interior. The 770’s regular “Classic” badges were replaced with the word “Typhoon” in script.

The base price of the 1964 Typhoon was $2,509, although AMC offered all the upscale 770 options in the Typhoon, including air conditioning.

Enthusiasts looking for a distinctive car with decent power at a modest price may want to consider the 1964 Rambler 770 Typhoon. It is still possible to pick up nice rust-free examples of this limited-edition vehicle for modest four-figure sums.


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