Rambler Marlin

 

You tend to think of Ramblers in terms of utilitarian station wagons as driven by seed salesmen travelling round the farms of the mid-western USA, AMC marketed the Marlin as a personal luxury car, like the original Ford Thunderbird. Perhaps in recognition of this mis-match the Rambler brand was dropped from the car after its first year, it becoming the AMC Marlin. It is a startling looking car in the actual metal, the Corgi just does not convey how odd it looks, here it just looks like another mid-sixties US coupe. Go on Google and see for yourself, the Rambler Marlin was not middle of the road - nor was it beautiful!

However this was a good Corgi, moving the standards forward as ever, lots of brightwork, excellent detailed interior, clever paint job - BUT it was one of the ones where they used the plastic bits to power the suspension and got the MGB sag as a result, nevertheless a solid, hardcore Corgi.

The Marlin was added to the Corgi range in 1966 and remained in production until 1969. The core range car was always red with a black roof and black detailing. However you will see it in metallic blue and white. This car was part of a gift set, GS10, where it was given a roof rack with some Kayaks and a version of the Pennyburn Trailer as a camping trailer. GS10 was introduced in 1968 and deleted the following year with fairly modest sales of 123,000 units.

Many years ago I took the time to fix the suspension on a Marlin, the story is below, as are some detail shots of just how good the interior detail was.

     
Corgi Toys 263; Rambler Marlin Sports Fastback; Red, Black Roof Corgi Toys GS10; Rambler Marlin with Kayaks & Camping Trailer Corgi Toys 263; Rambler Marlin Sports Fastback; Red, Black Roof
Corgi Toys 263; Rambler Marlin Sports Fastback; Red, Black Roof Corgi Toys GS10; Rambler Marlin with Kayaks & Camping Trailer How to de-sag a Marlin
Marlin Interior Shots
Corgi Toys 263; Rambler Marlin Sports Fastback; Red, Black Roof Corgi Toys 263; Rambler Marlin Sports Fastback; Red, Black Roof Corgi Toys 263; Rambler Marlin Sports Fastback; Red, Black Roof
     

 


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