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A Picture Review of
American Motors

From 1954 to 1987
The End of an era

A Brief History of American Motors

American Motors was in the beginning stages back in 1878 when Thomas B. Jeffrey built and sold Rambler bicycles in Chicago. He was the first of the three key players of the companies that created American Motors in 1954.
The other two were Charles Nash and Joseph L. Hudson.

Charles Nash started Nash Motors in 1916
He along with David Buick started building automobiles in 1903.
In 1912 he became president of General Motors. In 1916 he purchased Thomas B Jeffrey’s company, in Kenosha and changed the name to the Nash Motors.The next year the first Nash was built.
During the First World War he became the largest producer of trucks in the USA. In 1919 the company bought half interest in the Seaman Body Corp. During the 1920’s he continued to expand, buying LaFayett Motor Corp. and the Mitchell Motor car Company. By 1928 Nash Motors production exceeded 138,000 cars.
The years 1935 and 1936 brought new spirit to the automotive industry. Nash offered its “sealed-in” engine in 1935, an arrangement that had the intake manifold case into the block. In 1936 Nash acquired full ownership of the Seaman Body Corp.
In 1938, Nash introduced the first “conditioned air” heating and ventilating system.
In 1940, Nash again scooped its competitors with the “600” series, unit-bodied car which pioneered mass-produced unit construction. At the age of 72 he directed the merger of Nash and Kelvinator who’s president George W Mason became president of the new company, Nash-Kelvinator and Nash became chairman of the board.
He served in this position until his death in 1948

Thomas B. Jeffrey built and sold Rambler bicycles in Chicago from 1878 to 1900. He was one of America’s first men interested in automobiles in the late 19th century, and in 1897, he built himself a motorcar. In 1900 Jeffrey bought a plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he planned to manufacture automobiles on a large scale. This plant is where the Rambler started its live. Jeffrey died in 1910, and his son Charles took over. Jeffrey had brought out a four-wheel-drive “Quad” truck in 1911, and this proved very popular with foreign governments for military use During World War I.

The Hudson Motor Car Company, founded in 1909 and building its first cars in 1910, when Joseph L. Hudson and seven business associates began producing a motorcar called the Hudson. J.L. Hudson died in 1912 and Roy D. Chapin headed the firm. He stayed with Hudson until his death in 1936.
During the First World War, Hudson became the world’s largest manufacturer of six-cylinder cars. Jeffrey (soon to be Nash), became the world’s largest producer of trucks.
In 1917 Hudson organized the Essex Motor Car Company, which from 1919 until 1932 built light, spirited models.
In the early years of the depression Hudson developed the long-lived Hudson Super Six and straight-eight engines.

During the Second World War both Nash and Hudson were busy in the nation’s defense effort. It wasn’t until 1948 and 1949 that Hudson and Nash brought out new designs. Hudson’s famous “step-down” unibody and big-bore Six made their appearance in 1948. Nash brought out its “Airflyte” models the next year.
By 1950 the name Rambler meant a new small car in 1950. It marked the dawn of our present compact era.
The Nash-Healey, a forerunner of today’s sports models, was brought out in 1951.
In the same year Hudson brought out the thrifty Pacemaker and peppy Hornet.
In 1952 the Hudson Jet made its appearance. The merger of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and Hudson Motorcar Company created American Motors in 1954.
One of AMC’s first projects was the Nash Metropolitan the Austin-engined, British-built cars sold over 90,000 until 1962 with over 90,000 being sold.

The names Hudson and Nash finally disappeared in 1957.
All models from that point on called Rambler.
The popular Rambler American, was introduced in 1958.

In the very early sixties, AMC started having its cars assembled in foreign plants – New Zealand and Australia, the Middle East, South America, Mexico, South Africa and Belgium all had AMC-assembling plants, and the Taiwanese Police were even outfitted with Ramblers.American Motors lasted thirty years. Then, poor product planning such as the seven-year lack of a four-cylinder engine for the Gremlin and millions of dollars on development money wasted on poorly conceived models lineup ruined the future for AMC. They never recovered. By 1987 a trail of red ink followed behind a stumbling and eviscerated company, and Chrysler Motors purchased it for a fire-sale price.

I would like to invite any one that has a favorite
Nash or Hudson picture or a Web Page
that they would like added to this page to E mail me a copy.

This page was last updated on Jan 2, 2017

American Motors was born in 1954
The Nash and Hudson names were still used until 1957
The Hudson’s produced after 1954 were just a fancy Nash
or as they were called the Hash
This page shows these cars and the
American Motors Cars up to 1959

American Motors
1960 to 1987
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American Motors Cars
from 1960 to 1987
Nash Hudson
1900 to 1957 1909 to 1957
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Nash
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Hudson
from 1909 to 1957

Many families were faithful supporters of the Rambler. This was true Lempert family. In the late fifty’s
they had five Ramblers in the family. Three of them are shown here. They are from left to right:
1959 AMC Rambler Ambassador 4 Door Custom Country Club Hardtop, a 1957 Nash Rambler Custom Cross Country Station Wagon and a 1958 Rambler Super 6
This picture was submitted by Mike Lempert

Hudson (Hash) Nash
1954 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door Hardtop

1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible Brougham 1954 Nash Rambler Ad
1954 Hudson Hornet HollyWood 2 Door Hardtop 1954 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible Sedan
1954 Hudson Hornet Special 4 Door Sedan 1954 Nash 2 Door Hardtop
1954 Hudson Jetliner 4 Door Sedan 1954 Nash Statesman Custom
1954 Hudson Jetliner 4 Door Sedan 1954 Nash Metropolitan Convertible
1954 Hudson Jet 1954 Nash Metropolitan Convertible
1954 Hudson Hornet Broughan Convertible 1954 Nash Metropolitan Convertible
1954 Hudson Hornet Club Coupe 1954 Nash
1954 Hudson Coupe 1954 Nash

1954 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan 1954 Nash Ambassador Custom Country Club
1954 Hudson Hornet Special Coupe 1954 Nash Metropolitan
1954 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan 1954 Ambassador Country Club 2 Door Hardtop
1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible 1954 Nash Healey Coupe
And you thought that the Corvette was
the first American Sports Car
1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible Brougham 1954 Nash Ambassador Custom Country Club Airflyte
This car is owned by Jean-Claude and
Lucille Marcoux ( 8806)
Mt-St-Hilaire, Québec, Canada
Click on the image for the complete details
on his cars.
1954 Hudson Hornet Coupe 1954 Nash Ambassador Custom Country Club Airflyte
1954 Hudson Hornet Special 4 Door Sedan 1954 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door HardTop
1954 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door HardTop 1954 Hudson Super Wasp Convertible
1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible Brougham 1954 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door Hard Top
1954 Hudson Jet Liner 4 Door Sedan 1954 Hudson Jet Liner 4 Door Sedan
1954 Hudson Jet Liner 4 Door Sedan 1954 Hudson Super Jet 2 Door Sedan
1954 Hudson Jet Liner 2 Door Sedan 1954 Hudson Super Jet Club 2 Door Sedan
1954 Hudson Super Jet 4 Door Sedan 1954 Hudson Super Wasp Convertible
1954 Hudson Hornet Special Coupe 1954 Hudson Wasp Custom 4 Door Sedan
1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible 1954 Hudson Super Wasp Convertible
1954 Hudson Hornet 1954 Hudson 2 Door Hardtop
1954 Hudson Convertible 1954 Hudson Convertible
1954 Hudson Itali 1954 Hudson Itali
1954 Hudson Itali 1954 Hudson Itali
1954 Hudson Itali 1954 Hudson Itali
1955 Hudson Super Wasp Sedan
1955 Hudson Rambler Custom Station Wagon 1955 Nash Rambler Cross Country
1955 Hudson Hornet Custom Sedan 1955 Nash Wagon
1955 Hudson Hornet Custom Hollywood Hardtop 1955 Nash Wagon
1955 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door Hard Top 1955 Nash Rambler Cross Country
1955 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan 1955 Nash Statesman Custom Country Club
Hardtop Coupe
1955 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan 1955 Nash Ambassador Country Club
Hardtop Coupe
1955 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan 1955 Nash Rambler Custom Spring Special
Station Wagon
1955 Hudson Hornet Hollywood Hard Top 1955 Nash
1955 Hudson Hornet Hollywood Hard Top 1955 Nash Prototype by Pininfarina
1955 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan 1955 Nash Ambassador Custom 6 Sedan
1955 Hudson Rambler 4 Door Sedan 1955 Nash Ambassador Super Sedan
1955 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan 1955 Nash Rambler Metropolitan Coupe
1955 Hudson Rambler Custom Sedan 1955 Nash Metropolitan
1955 Hudson Wasp This picture was sent in by
Richard G. Boyd
568 W. Friedrich Street
Rogers City, Michigan 49779
“In case anyone is wonder what is sitting on the
little trailer; it is a case of Strohs beer. I have never been a beer drinker,but at the time Strohs had an ad on TV that was similar.
One was a MG and another was a vette which had
a case of Strohs on the luggage rack and a beautiful blond in the drivers seat.
There were several different ads and they were
attention getters. At least that is where I got the idea. A Strohs beer distributor talked to me about making an ad but we found out they had ended
that ad promotion. Are you old enough to remember those ads?
The little trailer was neat. In the front of the
trailer I mounted a door and could carry various
items there. The trailer was made from a 1960 or 1961 and therefore had a deck/trunk lid, unlike the 1955.
I bought the car in San Bernardino, CA in 1977
and it was completely rust free and ran like a top.
I put it in a trailer and brought it back to
Michigan where I live.”
Richard also mentioned that he has two other
Metropolitans for sale for parts. That is also a
variety of other parts and books.
1955 Hudson Wasp 1955 Nash Ambassador Super
This car is one of ten Nash / American Motors cars that were owned by Monty Powell of Peoria Illinois
Click on this image for a larger view in a new window
1955 Hudson Wasp 1955 Nash Statesman Super This car is owned by Richard Johns of Tulsa, OK, USA
1955 Hudson Rambler Country Club Hardtop Coupe 1955 Nash Statesman Super This car is owned by Richard Johns of Tulsa, OK, USA
1955 Hudson Rambler Country Club Hardtop Coupe 1955 Nash Statesman Super This car is owned by Richard Johns of Tulsa, OK, USA
1955 Hudson Metropolitan Convertible 1955 Nash Statesman Super This car is owned by Richard Johns of Tulsa, OK, USA
1955 Hudson Italia 1955 Hudson Italia
Please click on this image for a larger view in a new window
1955 Nash Ambassador Eight
Super 4 Door Sedan Model 5585-1
This car is owned by Keith Rasmussen
1955 Nash Ambassador Eight Super 4 Door Sedan,
Model 5585-1. “I am very excited to own this because it is the model first year after AMC was formed, and the firstmodern’ year of a V8 offering due to cooperation with Studebaker-Packard.
The 320 cid Packard engine is rated 208 bhp! The guy I bought it from, Gibby, serviced it for many years. Gibby told me that it ran great until the
original owner’s son began restoring it, then abadoned the project and sold it to him to settle the bill for the last work he did on it. It needs a lot of work, but the sheet metal is in good shape and most of the missing chrome is in the trunk.
I can’t wait to get started!”
1956 Hudson 1956 Nash Ambassador Super Six Sedan
1956 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan 1956 Nash Ambassador Super Six 2 Door Hardtop
1956 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 1956 Nash Ambassador Super Six Sedan
1956 Hudson 1956 Nash Ambassador Super Sedan
1956 Hudson 1956 Nash Rambler Custom Hardtop
1956 Hudson Hornet 1956 Nash
1956 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door Hardtop 1956 Nash Ambassador Super Six Sedan
1956 Hudson Hornet Custom Sedan 1956 Nash Rambler Metropolitan Coupe
1956 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door Hardtop 1956 Nash Rambler Metropolitan Coupe
1956 Hudson Hornet Hollywood Hardtop Coupe 1956 Nash Rambler Metropolitan Coupe
1956 Hudson Hornet Sedan 1956 Nash Rambler Custom Cross Country Station Wagon
1956 Hudson Hornet Hollywood Hardtop Coupe 1956 Nash Rambler Super Sedan
1956 Hudson Hornet Sedan 1956 Nash Rambler Super Sedan
1956 Hudson Hornet Custom Four Door Sedan This car is owned by Jean-Claude and Lucille Marcoux ( 8806)
Mt-St-Hilaire, Québec, Canada
Click on the image for the complete details on his cars.
1956 Nash Rambler Super Sedan
1956 Hudson Hornet Custom Four Door Sedan This car is owned by Jean-Claude and Lucille Marcoux ( 8806)
Mt-St-Hilaire, Québec, Canada
Click on the image for the complete details on his cars.
1956 Nash State
1956 Hudson Hornet Special Hollywood 2 Door Hardtop 1956 Nash State
1956 Hudson Hornet Special Hollywood 2 Door Hardtop 1957 AMC Rambler Metropolitan
This car is owned by
Dale Carrington of Puyallup, Washington
1956 Hudson Super Wasp 4 Door Sedan 1957 AMC Rambler Metropolitan
This car is owned by Dale Carrington of
Puyallup, Washington
This is his daily driver.
1956 Hudson Super Wasp 4 Door Sedan The Last Nash
1957 Hudson Hornet Custom Hollywood Hard Top 1957 AMC Rambler Rebel
1957 Hudson Hornet Custom 4 Door Sedan 1957 AMC Rambler Rebel
1957 Hudson Hornet Custom 4 Door Sedan 1957 Nash Rambler Palm Beach
1957 Hudson Hornet Custom 4 Door Sedan 1957 Nash Ambassador Country Club Hardtop Coupe
1957 Hudson Hornet HollyWood 2 Door Hardtop 1957 Nash Rambler Custom Cross Country Station Wagon
1957 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan
1957 Hudson Hornet Custom Hollywood 2 Door Hardtop 1957 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door Hardtop
1957 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door Hardtop 1957 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door Hardtop
1957 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door Hardtop 1957 Hudson Hornet Hollywood 2 Door Hardtop
1957 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan 1957 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan
1957 Hudson Hornet 4 Door Sedan 1957 AMC Rambler Custom Cross Country Station Wagon
1957 Rambler Rebel 1957 AMC Ambassador Super Country Club
1957 AMC Rambler Palm Beach 1957 AMC Ambassador Country Club Hardtop Coupe
1957 AMC Rambler Super 6 This car is one of ten Nash / American Motors cars that
were owned by Monty Powell of Peoria Illinois
1957 Rambler Cross Country 1957 Rambler Cross Country
1958 Rambler American
This car is one of seven Nash / American Motors cars that were owned by Bill Powell of Normal IL
1958 Metropolitan Cabriolet 1958 Metropolitan
The following 1958 (AMC) Metropolitan were submitted by Mark and Rhonda Gelstein
PO Box 343
Union Lake, MI 48387-0343
U.S.A.
These pictures were taken at the 50th anniversary
International Meet for the Met that was held
in Auburn Hills, MI in 2003. Rhonda was the chair for the event.
1958 (AMC) Metropolitan Convertible 1958 (AMC) Metropolitan Convertible
1958 Metropolitan Convertible 1958 Metropolitan Convertible
1958 Rambler American 1958 Rambler American
1958 Rambler Station Wagon 1958 Rambler Wagon Named Frances This car is owned by Billy Bradford
1958 Rambler Brochure 1958 Ambassador Custom Series 10
This car is owned by Anna Lopez of Chicago, Il, USA
1958 Rambler 1958 Rambler
This car was owned by Mike Martin
1958 AMC Rambler American Super 2 Door Club Coupe 1958 AMC Rambler American Super 2 Door Club Coupe
1958 AMC Rambler Sedan Cutaway 1959 AMC Rambler American DeLuxe 2 Door Sedan
1959 AMC Rambler American Assembly Line 1959 AMC Rambler Ambassador 4 Door Custom
Country Club Hardtop
1959 AMC Rambler Ambassador
Custom Cross Country Station Wagon.
1959 AMC Rambler Custom
Cross Country Station Wagon
1959 Ambassador 4 Door Sedan 1959 Rambler
Click on this image for a larger view in a
new window
Click on this image for a larger view in
a new window
1959 AMC Rambler Ambassador
4 Door Sedan
1959 AMC Rambler Ambassador
4 Door Sedan
These pictures were submitted by
Paul Black, Tampa, Florida
Click on this image for a larger view in
a new window
1959 AMC Rambler Ambassador
4 Door Sedan
1959 Rambler Super
4 Door Sedan
1959 AMC
Metropolitan
1959 AMC Rambler Ambassador
Custom Country Club Hardtop
Station Wagon
1959 AMC Metropolitan
Coupe
1959 Rambler American 1959 AMC Metropolitan Coupe
1959 Rambler American This picture was submitted by
Conrad H Berg.
It is his Rambler American
when new.
It was taken in the Rocky Mountains.
1959 Rambler Super Sedan This car is owner by Ken Smith
1959 Nash Ramber American This car is owned by Tom Ratowski
Tom has a web page that shows a lot more
details of this car.
You can use the like below to view it.
http://www.sdka.com/1959_
nash_rambler.htm
1959 Nash Ramber American

Many people have fallen in love with the Metropolitan and
some have gone to extra lengths to show that love.
The following pictures show a few of what can be done if you
just have to let your imagination run wild for a bit.
These pictures were posted on alt.binaries.pictures.autos by the name mentioned

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That little Metropolitan had quite a following all over the world
And how about a Concept Car ?
1950 Drawing by Wm. Flajole the Metropolitan’s designer
Nothing needs to be said about this one except that it’s a 1954
There were however RHD Met police cars painted black and white, not for catching bad guys,
but for meter maids/tire marking. The police cars were 1957 and up.
And had the other small North American car makes looking
1958 Metropolitan
The above pictures were submitted by Rich McGarty of Port Washington, Wisconsin USA

1959 Metropolitan California Convertible 1959 Metropolitan California Convertible
This is Rich McGarty’s Met

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