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American Motors Corp. was formed by the merger of Nash and Hudson in 1954. The Nash Rambler, a model introduced in 1950, proved so successful that Rambler became the principal marque for the 1960s. However, with the Rambler marque fading by the middle of the decade, cars began appearing with the American Motors marque in 1966. In 1970, AMC bought Kaiser-Jeep, bringing the Jeep line under its wing. The same year, the AMC logo was officially adopted.

AMC’s fortunes dwindled as the 1970s wore on, leaving it open to Renault to buy a controlling stake. AM General (which later developed the Hummer) was sold in 1982 as Renault came on board, as the US Government felt there would be a conflict of interest if a French company made military vehicles for the US. Renault developed models for the US as AMC models were phased out, the last being the AMC Eagle.

Eventually Renault sold AMC and Jeep to Chrysler in 1987. The remnants of the AMC car line, mostly branded Renault at this time, were rebranded Eagle. The AMC Eagle, now in one bodystyle only, officially became the Eagle Wagon for 1988, though AMC badging remained for these final models.


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