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1970 AMC Rebel Machine

Mecum exceeds $200M in Kissimmee
Thursday, 6 January - Sunday, 16 January
$73,700
Sale Price
No
Reserve
13 January 2022
Sold Date
T250
Lot Number
#3-
Visually maintained, largely original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. A0C190Y242304. Frost White, blue and red over black vinyl. 390/340hp, automatic, Twin-Grip axle, power steering and brakes, polished 5-spoke Torque Thrust alloy wheels, Mastercraft Avenger GT tires, pushbutton radio, dual outside mirrors, buckets and console.

Evaluation: One of 1000 in this immediately recognizable color scheme. Dented stainless trim. Masking holidays. Door windows don’t seal. Generally neglected and repainted to poor standards. An unusual, eye-catching, fun car that deserved a better treatment than it got.

Bottom Line: This is a handsome price for such a neglected Rebel Machine but it is surprisingly not a record. That’s held by Mecum at Kissimmee two years ago for A0M190Y179861 which brought $77,000 all-in. That car, however, was a much better example and this result is a tribute to flair and flamboyance, not value. It is unreasonably expensive. Other classic sporty AMCs did very well in Kissimmee this year, too.

by Rick Carey
22 January 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
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Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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