Ridiculous Pricing Again

Jackrd

Electromatic
Nov 27, 2017
66
New York NY
Yet another case of crazy asking prices. I've owned many Ramblers. Nice guitars, at best worth $1000-1500. Not $5000 for a not very good condition one.

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I had a Rambler for about 27 years. Never played it. Sold it on my Reverb store a few years ago for just about what you said they are worth. That's the thing with vintage guitars. You can ask anything you want, but at the end of the day all things sell pretty much for what they are worth. Occasionally, someone will over pay for but that is the exception. Guys here seem to care not anyway. All they are really interested in is the Rambler car, not guitar. I guess that says a lot about the Gretsch Rambler.
 

Philtertronic

Gretschie
Feb 26, 2014
332
scotland
This is one of those Japanese "brokers" that just lists a ton of stuff at inflated prices that he doesn't actually have. It's not exactly a scam. If somebody is dumb enough to make a purchase at his price, he will attempt to fulfill the order if the item listed is still available from the actual seller.

I suppose when you have zero overhead, you don't have to make a ton of sales to be profitable.

It's the same with Steinberger L/XL basses. The only available ones seem to be in Japan and I'd agree with you that some of these sellers don't have the product.
 

wabash slim

I Bleed Orange
Feb 10, 2010
16,643
lafayette in
When I was a kid the old lady next door had a Rambler like this one, probably paid $1200.
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My Dad and grandfather both liked Rambler and we had a few when I was a kid.
The one in the pic was famous for having front seat backs that would fold down completely to make a bed.

My Dad was kind of a car guy and in '57 bought a new Rambler Rebel. The Chevies get all the press but this thing was faster, had a 255HP Rambler 327V8 and the only US car quicker from 0-60 was the FI Corvette.
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For some strange reason, my Dad stopped buying the Studebakers he built at the factory due to union issues, apparently. Place shut down soon after. So, he mainly switched to Ramblers, then AMC. I had a '63 Rambler 330 when I got out of the service. Absolutely horrid vehicle, ugly as homemade sin, rusted beyond belief, and it turned out to be the best $30 car I ever owned. That thing would always start in the coldest weather, always got 25 MPG, and went thru snow when nothing else could. Mom had a '69 Rebel 360 that ran like a scalded dog, and my best friend had an AMX that he'd go Vette hunting with.

When the Big 3 went after the small independents, Rambler, Willys, and Hudson joined up and formed AMC, and Studebaker and Packard joined together. Didn't work in their case like it did for AMC. The one thing that really saved AMC was having Willys in their flock. It's kept Chrysler afloat as well.
 

mrfixitmi

Country Gent
Mar 20, 2010
1,802
Michigan
My Dad and grandfather both liked Rambler and we had a few when I was a kid.
The one in the pic was famous for having front seat backs that would fold down completely to make a bed.

My Dad was kind of a car guy and in '57 bought a new Rambler Rebel. The Chevies get all the press but this thing was faster, had a 255HP Rambler 327V8 and the only US car quicker from 0-60 was the FI Corvette.
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In 1973 I had purchased a 1969 Rambler Hurst SC from the Allstate insurance Company when someone decided that it needed to be 3" shorter. Since we had a body shop, and my uncle owned a junkyard, this was repairable, I painted it "old geezer gold". The factory reported a 1/4 mile times at 14.3 seconds. I modified that 390 with ported/polished heads, polished the intake, re-jetted the carb, and fabricated tubular headers. After adding traction bars, I had a best time of 13.9 seconds in the 1/4. That was a sleeper, most people thought that it was a kid driving in a car that Grandpa gave him. (4) tickets later, my Dad made me sell it...to him! We had a lot of fun in that car.

Thank you for the memories.
 

NJDevil

Country Gent
Jul 9, 2014
1,415
Commack, NY
Lots of folks were confused by the difference between the two bridges. Tower Bridge is the best known bridge in England, so, many were convinced that it was the one. People are easily duped. It's Tower Bridge because it's right next to the Tower of London. The London Bridge at Havasu is just one of a line of bridges that spanned the Thames at that point.
The London Bridge now at Havasu was on a fairly recent episode of Ghost Adventure.

 

afire

Friend of Fred
Feb 12, 2009
5,265
Where the action is!
I had a '63 Rambler 330 when I got out of the service. Absolutely horrid vehicle, ugly as homemade sin...
My nephew's first car was a Rambler 330. It looked like this, but quite a bit more ragged:
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He got it when he was 16, and took the plunge on maintaining old cars. I drove it one time, and boy, you had better plan your stops well in advance, because not much happens immediately when you hit the brakes.

His most recent purchase, a low-mileage all-original 1947 Pontiac Streamliner, is a little bit slicker:
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