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About AMC

American Motors Corporation (AMC) was an American automobile company formed on January 14, 1954 by the merger of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and the Hudson Motor Car Company. At the time, it was the largest corporate merger in U.S. history, valued at US$198 million ($1.44 billion in 2006 dollars). When declining sales and the competitiveness of the United States auto market forced AMC to seek a partner in the late 1970s, the company formed an alliance with France's Renault. This lasted until March 2, 1987, when the Chrysler Corporation purchased AMC. Use of the AMC and Renault brand names ceased in the United States. The Jeep line continued; also some Eagle models.

Formation

In January 1954 Nash-Kelvinator Corporation began acquisition of the Hudson Motor Car Company (in what was called a merger) to form American Motors. The deal was a straight stock transfer (three shares of Hudson listed at 11⅛, for two shares of AMC and one share of Nash-Kelvinator listed at 17⅜, for one share of AMC) and finalized in the spring of 1954, forming the fourth-biggest auto company in the U.S. with assets of $355 million and more than $100 million in working capital. The new company retained Hudson CEO A.E. Barit as a consultant and he took a seat on the Board of Directors. Nash's George W. Mason became President and CEO.

Mason, the architect of the merger, believed that the survival of America's remaining independent automakers depended on them joining in one multibrand company capable of challenging the "Big Three" - General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler - as an equal. The reasons for the merger between Nash and Hudson included helping them cut costs and strengthen their sales organizations to meet the intense competition expected from autos' Big Three. One quick result from the merger was the doubling up with Nash on purchasing and production allowing Hudson to cut prices an average of $155 on the Wasp line, up to $204 on the more expensive Hornet models. After the merger, AMC had its first profitable quarter during second three months in 1955, earning $1,592,307 compared to a loss of $3,848,667 during the same period in the previous year. Mason also entered into informal discussions with James J. Nance of Packard to outline his strategic vision. Interim plans were made for AMC to buy Packard Ultramatic automatic transmissions and Packard V8 engines for certain AMC products.

In 1954 Packard acquired Studebaker. The new Studebaker-Packard Corporation (S-P) made the new 320 cu in (5.2 L) Packard V8 engine and Packard's Ultramatic automatic transmission available to AMC for its Nash Ambassador and Hudson Hornet models. When Mason died in 1954 he was succeeded by George W. Romney. Ironically, Romney had once been offered Nance's job. In 1948, Romney received offers from Packard for the post of chief operating officer and from Nash for the number two position in the company. Although the Packard offer would have paid more, Romney decided to work under Mason because he thought Nash had a brighter future. S-P President James Nance refused to consider merging with AMC unless he could take the top command position (Mason and Nance were former competitors as heads of the Kelvinator and Hotpoint appliance companies respectively), and a week after Mason's death Romney announced, "there are no mergers under way either directly or indirectly." Romney agreed with Mason's commitment to buy S-P products. Mason and Nance had agreed that in return S-P would endeavor to purchase parts from American Motors, but S-P did not do so. As the Packard engines and transmissions were comparatively expensive, AMC began development of its own V8 engine. In mid-1956, the 352 cu in (5.8 L) Packard V8 and TwinUltramatic transmission was phased out and replaced AMC's own new V8 engine, as well as GM's Hydra-Matic and Borg-Warner transmissions.

By 1964 Studebaker production in the United States had ended, and its Canadian operations ceased in 1966. The "Big Three", plus the smaller AMC, Kaiser Jeep, International Harvester, Avanti and Checker companies were the remaining North American auto manufacturers.

Product development in the 1950s

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4-door
5-seat
S6 12v 4.2L OHV M-4
82.0 kW / 110.0 hp / 110.0 hp  278.0 N·m / 205.0 lb·ft / 205.0 lb·ft
   

AMC Eagle De Luxe (1981)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 4228 cm3 / 258.0 cu in / 258.0 cu in, 82.0 kW / 110.0 hp / 110.0 hp @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, 278.0 N·m / 205.0 lb·ft / 205.0 lb·ft @ 1800 rpm / 1800 rpm / 1800 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, all wheel drive, 142 km/h / 88 mph / 88 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 2.5L OHV M-4
61.1 kW / 81.9 hp / 81.9 hp  170.0 N·m / 125.4 lb·ft / 125.4 lb·ft
   

AMC Eagle De Luxe (1981)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2475 cm3 / 151.0 cu in / 151.0 cu in, 61.1 kW / 81.9 hp / 81.9 hp @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm, 170.0 N·m / 125.4 lb·ft / 125.4 lb·ft @ 2600 rpm / 2600 rpm / 2600 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, all wheel drive, 136 km/h / 85 mph / 85 mph top speed

3-door
5-seat
S6 12v 4.2L OHV M-4
82.0 kW / 110.0 hp / 110.0 hp  278.0 N·m / 205.0 lb·ft / 205.0 lb·ft
   

AMC Eagle Kammback Coupé (1981)

3-door 5-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 4228 cm3 / 258.0 cu in / 258.0 cu in, 82.0 kW / 110.0 hp / 110.0 hp @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, 278.0 N·m / 205.0 lb·ft / 205.0 lb·ft @ 1800 rpm / 1800 rpm / 1800 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, all wheel drive, 142 km/h / 88 mph / 88 mph top speed

3-door
5-seat
S4 8v 2.5L OHV M-4
61.1 kW / 81.9 hp / 81.9 hp  170.0 N·m / 125.4 lb·ft / 125.4 lb·ft
   

AMC Eagle Kammback Coupé (1981)

3-door 5-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2475 cm3 / 151.0 cu in / 151.0 cu in, 61.1 kW / 81.9 hp / 81.9 hp @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm, 170.0 N·m / 125.4 lb·ft / 125.4 lb·ft @ 2600 rpm / 2600 rpm / 2600 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, all wheel drive, 136 km/h / 85 mph / 85 mph top speed

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