My name is Ed Schlesser, and I own a 1969
AMC Scrambler. Although, I have only owned the car for a few years, my love
of the AMC Scrambler started when I was 16 years old. The first car I
had was a 1964 / 440 American Hardtop Rambler. It was originally purchased
by my Grandfather as a gift for my Grandmother in 1965. They were the
original owners until I was old enough to drive and it became mine! What
a great gift!
Throughout my teen years I drove it to school and work. One day, while
I was driving, the throttle cable broke and I needed to find a replacement
part. I quickly discovered that there were not a lot of Rambler parts
available. Finally, I located a salvage yard in Brentwood, California
that had the part I desperately needed. While I was paying for the Rambler
throttle cable, I noticed a picture of a Scrambler on the counter of the
salvage yard. That was it! I had never laid eyes on anything like it and
I told myself that someday I will own one!
In 1989, I missed the opportunity to purchase a Scrambler for $2,500.00
in San Leandro, California. I missed this opportunity due to owning two
mustangs which I was in the process of restoring. I sold my wife’s
priced possession, her 1968 Mustang GT Fastback, and started looking to
buy the car of my dreams! I found my Scrambler on EBay with a buy it now
option for $16,500.00, sight unseen other than the pictures posted on
I found out my new car was originally sold in Okalahoma and eventually
found its home in Michigan. What at thrill it was to see the car carrier
arrive from Michigan to deliver my Scrambler in December 2003.
Not only has owning my 1969 AMC Scrambler full filled my dream, I have
met lots of wonderful Scrambler enthusiasts just like me at lots of events
i.e., at swap meets, car shows, local car clubs and through registries
like this one! (the 1512 Retgistry) It is such a fun hobby to restore this car and see the
expressions on people’s faces when I drive it!