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American Motors Corporation: The Rise and Fall of America's Last Independent Automaker

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In American Motors Corporation: The Rise and Fall of America's Last Independent Automaker, author Patrick Foster provides the ultimate inside look into an American corporation that rose from the death throes of a once-thriving independent auto industry, putting up a valiant fight for nearly half a century before succumbing to the inexorable will of the corporate machine. Born from the ashes of Hudson and Nash, AMC represented a last, desperate attempt at survival for an independent automobile company. Thanks to the steady, capable leadership of George Romney, the company not only survived, but thrived, riding on the success of the firm's small, economical cars like the Rambler. When competition arose from Ford, Plymouth, and Chevrolet and the market began to shift toward performance and luxury cars, AMC found itself poorly prepared to compete with its bigger rivals. With the fuel crisis of the 1970s, the small cars from AMC once again refilled corporate coffers, and the firm's purchase of the Jeep brand also generated profits--but ultimately, it was too little, too late. Even a partnership with French automaker Renault and the introduction of all-wheel-drive cars couldn't save AMC. In 1987, Chrysler Corporation purchased AMC and the story of the last independent automaker came to an end. This engaging book, from one of America's best-known automotive writers, tells the entire AMC story from its inception to its ultimate demise.

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This engaging book, from one of America’s best-known automotive writers, provides the ultimate inside look into an American corporation that rose from the death throes of the independent auto industry before succumbing to the corporate machine.

Synopsis:

American Motors Corporation: The Rise and Fall of America’s Last Independent Automaker provides the ultimate inside look into an American corporation that rose from the death throes of a once-thriving independent auto industry and put up a valiant fight for nearly half a century before succumbing to the inexorable will of the corporate machine. Born from the ashes of Hudson and Nash, AMC represented one last, desperate attempt at survival for an independent automobile company.This engaging book tells the entire AMC story, from its initial inception until its ultimate demise. From the original Nash and Hudsons through the Ramblers, AMXs, Rebel Machines, SCRamblers, Gremlins, Pacers, and Eagles that followed, this book covers them all. Lavishly illustrated from never-before-seen archival historical photos, American Motors Corporation: The Rise and Fall of America’s Last Independent Automaker, is the ultimate celebration of this iconic American company.

About the Author

One of America's best-known automotive writers, Pat Foster (Milford, CT) has spent 20 years studying various aspects of the automotive industry and at one time almost started his own car company. An authority figure on AMC and its various branches, Pat has written a number of books on that automaker and many others, including Jeep and Studebaker. His writing has appeared in about every car magazine out there, he has won awards for his books and articles from the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) and SAH (Society of Automotive Historians), and he even helped found the SAH Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760344255
Subtitle:
The Rise and Fall of America's Last Independent Automaker
Author:
Foster, Patrick R
Author:
Foster, Patrick R.
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Subject:
Automotive - Antique & Classic
Subject:
Automotive - General
Subject:
Rambler
Subject:
car manufacturer
Subject:
gremlin
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20131125
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 color and 100 b/w photos
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
11.25 x 9.88 in

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This engaging book, from one of America’s best-known automotive writers, provides the ultimate inside look into an American corporation that rose from the death throes of the independent auto industry before succumbing to the corporate machine.

"Synopsis" by ,
American Motors Corporation: The Rise and Fall of America’s Last Independent Automaker provides the ultimate inside look into an American corporation that rose from the death throes of a once-thriving independent auto industry and put up a valiant fight for nearly half a century before succumbing to the inexorable will of the corporate machine. Born from the ashes of Hudson and Nash, AMC represented one last, desperate attempt at survival for an independent automobile company.This engaging book tells the entire AMC story, from its initial inception until its ultimate demise. From the original Nash and Hudsons through the Ramblers, AMXs, Rebel Machines, SCRamblers, Gremlins, Pacers, and Eagles that followed, this book covers them all. Lavishly illustrated from never-before-seen archival historical photos, American Motors Corporation: The Rise and Fall of America’s Last Independent Automaker, is the ultimate celebration of this iconic American company.
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