A Ridler Award contender, the 1959 Rambler American 2-Dr Wagon makes the Great 8 list of contenders today. From that select group known as the Great 8 will come the 2015 Ridler Award winner. It is the biggest event here at the 2015 Detroit Autorama. That’s why Dean Osland of Scottsdale, Arizona is a happy custom car owner today. For a moment he can relax and bask in the awareness that his car was chosen among the top eight custom cars in the world.
This car is categorized in the Radical Custom Wagon class.
If the Ridler Award were judged on cool gadgetry alone this car would win hands down. It is a two-seater with a custom cargo area that opens electronically. Pop the rear taillight and the tailgate goes up. Then click a lever and the top of the storage compartment reveals a cargo area nicely matched with the interior.
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It was way back in 2008 when a 1960 Rambler Custom Wagon won the Ridler Award. Can it happen again?
Here is a link to the Ridler Award winners from 2000-2009.