Monday, July 23, 2012

american motors, not u.s. motors


seeing this lovely 1973 amc ambassador brougham near the garage at graham  yesterday brought back lots of memories.
i drove my 1970 ambassador, bought at dick holland motors on paw, until 1986.
the 304 was peppy; we used hotter 6 cylinder plugs for more pep.   that 22 gallon gas tank was huge.  it stood kind of high in the air;  you had to be careful rounding corners.
dark brown 4 door with a beige vinyl top.  i loved it.    i have pictures, but they would be just too painful. link "the 1950s.
American Motors combined the Nash and the Hudson product lines under a common manufacturing strategy in 1955, with the production of both Nashes and Hudsons combined, while retaining the separately branded established dealer networks. The Hudsons were redesigned to bring them in harmony with Nash body styles.
The fast-selling Rambler model was sold as both a Nash and a Hudson in 1955 and 1956. These badge-engineered Ramblers, along with similar Metropolitans, were identical save for hubcaps, nameplates, and other minor trim details.
For the 1958 model year the Nash and Hudson brands were dropped. Ramblerbecame a marque in its own right and the mainstay of the company.
The slow-selling British-built Nash Metropolitan subcompact continued as a standalone brand until it was dropped after 1962.
American Motors was also beginning to experiment in non-gasoline powered automobiles. On April 1, 1959, AMC and Sonotone Corporation announced a joint research effort to consider producing an electric car that was to be powered by a "self-charging" battery." LINK

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