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1964 Rambler Tarpon Concept

Rambler Tarpon Idea

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Rambler Tarpon

First Proven: 1964 Chicago Auto Present

Description: Compact sporty coupe

Gross sales Pitch: “A brand new automotive with sports activities aptitude.”

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Rambler Tarpon Concept

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First seen on the 1964 Chicago Auto Present, the Rambler Tarpon Idea seemed to be on the highway to common manufacturing. The compact sporty coupe featured a hardtop physique and fastback roofline in addition to 4 bucket seats. The work of legendary AMC/Rambler designer Richard Teague, the Tarpon was lacking a trunk or rear hatch, a scenario which might should be addressed previous to manufacturing.

Sadly, although the idea proved common on the auto-show circuit, the Tarpon by no means confirmed up in showrooms. American Motors administration was eager on the time to maneuver its lineup upward in measurement and worth, and away from small, lower-margin automobiles. The Tarpon design was transferred, kind of, to a midsize platform and was renamed Marlin. The Marlin proved to be a sluggish vendor, and lasted solely from 1965 to 1967.

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Rambler Tarpon Concept

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CG Says:

Had the parents at AMC identified how common the Ford Mustang would show to be, they might have greenlighted the sporty little Tarpon for manufacturing. One drawback, nonetheless, was that AMC didn’t have a V8 engine that may match simply beneath the hood of the little Tarpon, a limitation which firm administration feared would dampen curiosity within the automotive.

Rambler Tarpon Concept

Rambler Tarpon Idea

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