In 1964, American Motors wasn’t really in the performance car business. After all, it was in ’64 that the company introduced its famous print ad proclaiming, “The only race Rambler cares about is the human race!” But every now and then the Kenosha carmaker would show a little style and flash, for example with the 1957 Rambler Rebel and the clever Twin-Stick transmission. Here’s one more interesting example: the limited-production 1964 Typhoon.
The initial displacement was 232 cubic inches with an output of 145 hp, but the engine was continually revised and refined over the years, enjoying an impressively long production life. In 1970 American Motors acquired Jeep and in 1987 American Motors was in turn acquired by Chrysler, and so it came to pass that Jeep vehicles used an updated version of this same basic engine package through 2006.