Corporation (AMC) was founded in 1954 and closed its doors in 1988. It was created by the merger of Nash and Hudson, both popular automakers from the 1930s and 1940s. The merger was to create a larger company capable of taking on the "Detroit 3" and upon reorganization and a rethinking of its product line, AMC saw success with the Rambler.
After the compact and affordable Rambler came the Javelin and AMX muscle cars and the iconic Gremlin and Pacer. The company also purchased the Jeep brand to add utility vehicles to their lineup and then, in 1979, introduced the AMC Eagle ? the car for which the company is best known.
A partnership with French automaker Renault helped keep finances at AMC afloat and eventually lead to Renault taking ownership share in 1983 and that same year, AMC went to a lineup of exclusively all-wheel drive (AWD) offerings, dropping its two-wheel drive lineup. Cashflow at AMC was augmented by producing Renault vehicles in their facility and then taking contracts from Chrysler to produce Dodge and Plymouth vehicles as well. In 1987, Chrysler purchased AMC and absorbed it into its operations the next year, dropping the AMC nameplate entirely, creating the Jeep Eagle brand.
On the used car market, the most commonly sought-after AMC vehicles are the Gremlin, the Eagle, the Rambler, and for collectors the AMC Metropolitan (which took over from the Nash Metropolitan from 1954).
Of these vehicles, none say "AMC" as much as the Eagle, which was sold in several renditions, all of which were all-wheel or four-wheel driven. It was one of the first crossovers on the American market. The Eagle is long-lived and has a reputation for extreme longevity and easy repair/maintenance. It was the most-produced AMC vehicle in total volume.
The AMC Rambler was also very popular in its day and was built as a compact, midsize, and full-sized vehicle as the company's flagship vehicle model. Many fondly remember the Rambler as their first car or the car they learned to drive in.
Iconic AMC cars that are highly-prized by collectors and those who love "retro chic" is the Gremlin. Produced from 1970 to 1970, the Gremlin is instantly recognizable and has made appearances in television, film, and car shows ever since. Most collectible are the rare V8 engine variants, X package models, and the exclusive Levi trim level.