Continuing this "Independent's Week" in honor of America's Independence Day, and celebrating the American summer vacation road trip, we're looking at American Motors station wagons. Second in the series is this 1962 Rambler Classic Cross Country.
1961 model featured previously, but it's not the same. American Motors was late to add tail fins to their big cars, with the formerly round Ramblers sprouting slab-sided, squared-off fins for 1958. Despite this, Rambler was quick to abandon them (as did much of the industry) by '62. So while the front end is mostly similar between model years, the rear half has been changed a lot. The rear end and taillights now look more like the inspiration for the 1963 Dodge Dart sedan, albeit with reverse lights incorporated into the round taillamp lenses instead of a separate assembly like on the Dart. Notice also that the window frame on the rear passenger doors has a rounded-off corner. I wonder how many people poked their eyes out trying to get into the car between 1956 and 1961 when that corner ended in a sharp jutting point. The Classic for 1962 was available with an aluminum or iron-block inline six and a three-speed manual or three-speed push button automatic.