Cool cars 2019 The “Rebel” name was introduced in 1957 by AMC as a special model with a large V-8 engine. The Rambler Rebel was the first factory-produced lightweight muscle car, and the first hint that muscle cars would be part of the company’s future. In 1966 the Rebel name reappeared on the top-of-the-line version of the Rambler Classic two-door hardtop. It featured special trim, a revised roofline and bucket seats. For 1967, AMC’s entire intermediate line took the Rebel name.