My name is Steve, I'm known online as Mr. Amb. Everyone who knows me will tell you I'm an AMC freak. Those who know me better will tell you I'm an Ambassador freak! Although either statement would be true, truth is I'm a all around car freak like everyone else here on this site! I grew up interested mostly in the big cruisers of the 1950's. I was that kid in school with a stack of Hot Rod Magazines on his desk. But I wasn't really into AMC's let alone Ambassadors untill the summer of 1987. I was 13 years old & for some reason had it in my head that I needed to start looking for my first car(probably because my parents had just bought my older sister her first car, an 81 Lynx. & that wasn't my idea of a cool first car!). There was a really sweet 67 Ford convertible for sale down the street, but way out of my price range. Then I saw it, a big blue & white beast, sitting in one of my friends back yard. Something called an Ambassador, but what was it? I didn't know what it was, all I knew was that it was cool & it would soon be mine! I talked to my friends Mom about the car, she said it didn't run & she was going to junk it sometime soon. After a lot of talking I convinced her to sell it to me rather than to the junk yard & settled on a price of $100.00 (my lifes savings at 13!), that is, if it was ok with my parents. This was to be the hard part. But after a lot more talking... Well I guess they just figured if I really wanted to spend my own money on it they couldn't really go wrong. So by the end of the summer I was the very proud owner of a 1974 AMC Ambassador, with cool aluminum AMC mag wheels, faded blue paint, a little rust, & a dead battery.
Some of the other neighbors joked about it & told me I'd never even get it running. But with a little help from an older friend, a fresh charge on the battery, and a little gas down the carb she fired right up & has hardly missed a beat since!
For the next 13 years the old blue Ambassador did a lot of sitting around. It was only ever driven to fill in between other daily drivers that came & went.
Then in the spring of 2000 I ended up with a little money at my disposal. I had a couple of cars sitting in a storage shed, one was a black on black 1966 Cadillac DeVille 4 dr HT. The other was my old blue Ambassador, I thought about which to restore first quite a bit & decided I had to go with the Ambassador. If you are not an AMC fan you might be wondering why I would pick the 74 Ambassador over a 66 Caddy. Well, emotional attachment is one reason, but also the 1974 Ambassador is far more rare! There were just 17,901 Ambassador sedans made in 74, they also made only 7,070 station wagons that year for a total of 24,971. Sound like a lot? Not when you compare it to the hundreds of thousands of each make & model the big three put out each year! Almost any AMC would be considered a limited production car if produced by the big three!
So the restoration began!
Taking my 74 Ambassador to local shows is always a lot of fun! I have yet to see another one at any show (other than Kenosha 2002 & 2004)!
My father & I started a registry for 1974 Ambassadors back in 2004, and so far we have only come across about 24 still being driven. There must be many more out there, so if have one or know of one please contact the 1974 AMC Ambassador Registry. You can contact us for a registration form at;
1974 AMC Ambassador Registry
P.O. Box 41
Wells, MN 56097
Check out page 2 for pictures of my other AMC Ambassadors! & page 3 for my Nash Ambassador project!