Some cars are truly inspired. Other cars are truly inspired by things that are not at all related to cars. Some cars are both. I’m not sure that this car is both, albeit a lovely car, but it is certainly inspired by something not at all related to things automotive; and that’s kinda cool.
Take for example this profile of the 1965 AMC Rambler Marlin. What do you suppose it is inspired by?
To all but the most devout landlubber, this turquoise and black specimen reminds one of the sea and the things which inhabit it. In this case it further harkens to things nautical with the subtlety of a chainsaw by naming it after a big-ass fish. The Marlin. Not only is it a big fish, it’s one of the fastest (and tastiest), with top speeds of about 68 mph. That’s pretty fast for anything moving through water. So I suppose the idea of the American Motors Corporation marketing department was to portray this particular car as a particularly speedy fish. Not surprisingly, it also bears a particularly striking resemblance to the fish.
Impressive likeness, wouldn’t you say?
While I have greatly enjoyed smoked marlin empanadas, I wouldn’t be all that interested in smoking the Rambler Marlin and serving it up in an a fried ravioli looking thing. Although I do believe I would enjoy smoking its tires and serving up some whoop-ass. I mean, shouldn’t all cars from the 1960’s do both of those things? It should, whether this example with a 287 cubic inch V-8 ever has or not. After all this isn’t a muscle car, it was designed as a luxury model.
Interestingly, designer Richard Teague developed this car after the initial seafaring design was debuted as a show car named the Tarpon. Fortunately, they elongated the car a bit and went with the name Marlin as it is a much more attractive fish. Apparently the pointy swordfish-like bill on the fish was left off of the car, despite all of the fantastic reasons it should appear there. Particularly for maneuvering around in urban environments.
This clear-titled fastback coupe has an automatic transmission and black interior. The very reasonable asking price of $14,950 is suspiciously close to the number of total units built during the two-year production cycle of 1965-1966. At 14,874 cars manufactured, it puts you into a fairly rare species.
Said to be 100% original (except for an older repaint), this submariner is said to be solid and reliable but the paint is driver quality and would need some updating along with the trim in order to be a show pony. Like Marlin (uh, I mean Marlon) Brando playing ex-pugilist Terry Malloy in Elia Kazan’s classic movie On the Waterfront: “I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody…”
Well, should you be so inclined, you can get it fitted for a new suit of turquoise and black, restore some of the finer details, and this prize fighter can return to it’s glory days of being a contender. A serious contender. And there’s nothing at all fishy about that.
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