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AMC Rambler 1890
The first Rambler bicycle was produced
1897
The first single cylinder prototype car was built by Thomas Jeffery with the second prototype was built by Jeffery's son a year later
1901
Model A Rambler built with a total of approximately 1500 being built
1910
Founder Thomas Jeffery passes away and Charles Jeffery became the company president
1914
Name changed from Rambler to Jeffery
1915
Car production slowed and truck production ramped up mostly due to the First World War
1916
Jeffery sold the company to Nash & Storrow and so started the Nash Motor company
1918
First Nash built with a six cylinder engine
1920
LaFayette which was part of the Nash company produced it first V8 luxury motor
1922
Lafayette moved factor to Milwaukee
1923
Total vehicle sales top 50,000 units. However Charles Nash closed the LaFayette production and sold Ajax Motor Company which was owned by Nash and the motor was renamed as an Ajax
1926
Ajax remained as Nash light Six
1934
The LaFayette back in production as a entry level model
1936
Nash sold out to George Mason forming the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation
1940
The LaFayette production stopped
1942
Production of the Vehicles stopped . Factory now to built Pratt & Witney aircraft engine
1946
Nash President George W Mason holds preliminary discussions with Hudson and Packard for a merger
1948
Mason tabled firm proposal for the merger of Nash Hudson and Packard. This was rejected by both Hudson and Packard
1950
Rambler name back in use with the Ambassador and the Statesman. Production of the big Hudson and the Jet stopped. All vehicle production moved to the Kenosha factory
1954
George Mason passed away. Vice president takes full control
1955
Hudson Wasp and Hornet built on Nash chassis. Rambler became the top seller yet used the Hudson badge not Nash
1956
New model Rambler design bought forward from 1957 and production of there own V8 started
1957
Rambler Rebel with new 327cu V8 high performance, limited production number produced. But still high losses of $12,00000
1958
Hudson and Nash names dropped. 1955 model given a facelift by Ed Anderson which was instrumental in the upturn profit of $26,000000
1961
Once again Ed Anderson Facelift the Ramble American with great success. This moved the Rambler to #3 in the national sales chats
1963
Both Ed Anderson and George Romney leave Rambler. Enter Roy Abernethy as president
1965
Sales and profits drop with the production of the Marlin
1966
Total sales down by $120,000000 with a loss of $12,600000
1967
Possible the worst year for for AMC with record losses of $75,00000. even with the production of the Ramble Rogue and Rebel SST. Banks forced the sale of Redisco subsidiary to pay debts.
1968
AMC lunch the New Javelin and AMX sports coupes, also keeping the well received American, Rebel and Ambassador. Back into a small profit but was required to sell off the Kelvinator division.
1969
Limited edition SC/Rambler produced with 390cu in V8. New big ambassador produced with facelifts for the other models, yet this was to be the end of the Rambler on 30th June
1970
Hornet return as a small vehicle followed shortly by the Gremlin. AMC by Kaiser Jeep for around $70,00000
1971 first half
Model range includes, SC/360 Hornet, Gremlin X, Sportabout station wagon Javelin and the Matador which was to replace the Rebel
1971 second half
Jeep CJ series was modified to take the AMC inline six and using more AMC part. Special Edition CJ5 Renegade produced
1972
Buyer protection plan introduced giving bester sales
1973
Hornet Hatchback launch and Quadra-Trac four-wheel-drive fitted to Jeep
1974
Jeep Cherokee introduced along with the Matador Coupe
1974
Revenue tops two billion dollars, Jeep sales booming yet profit down a third of 1973
1975
Pacer see's light of day selling in excess of 96,000and running along side the Matador. Ambassador, Javelin and AMX out of production
1976
Jeep's CJ7 lunched
1977
Ray Chapin hands control of AMC to Gerry Meyers who introduced the new Hornet Concord.
1978
Negotiations with Renault for a cooperation deal
1979 first half
Modified Gremlin became the Spirit, along with a Spirit based AMX ran along side the Concord and Pacer, but the Matador was removed
1979 second half
Jeep demand is high, special edition (25Years production) Jeep CJ produced along with The Anniversary Concord marking 25 years of AMC. Deal signed with Renault gave Renault access to Jeep's dealers in the US and Jeep to Renault dealers in Europe. Renault bought 5% of AMC. Jeep sales down.
1980
The Eagle was lunched, thought to be the last true AMC. Pacer production stopped and with Jeep sales still down Renault increased it's share holding to 46.4%.
1981
Renault take control and most AMC model where dropped. Jeep still in production
1986
AMC generate $ by letting Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth use the Kenosha plant
1987
Chrysler take-over from Renault announced. American Motors became a Jeep/Eagle a division of Chrysler Corp.
1989
End of the road for American Motors as the Kenosha factory is demolished
1997
Eagle name removed from production with Chrysler
1998
Chrysler merge with Daimler creating Daimler Chrysler AG
2007
Daimler sell of the American half to a privet equity company and renamed as Chrysler LLC
2008
Chrysler bailed out by US government
2009
Fiat take control of Chrysler. Today the Jeep name is the only current link to AMC
Hudson 1909
Hudson Motor Company formed
1913/14
Introduction of affordable six cylinder models
1916
Suer six model in production. This model held the record at that time for the flying mile @ 102mph and for an avg 75.8mph over 24 hours
1919
Hudson introduced a new line The Essex with the cheaper four cylinder vehicle
1922
Essex and Hudson merged into one company
1924
Essex replaced the four cylinder with a six cylinder engine
1932
Essex Terraplane introduced
1933
Eight cylinder (straight) model introduced to counter Fords new V8. This model soon set new speed records
1938
Hudson Terraplane introduced
1939
Terraplane removed from production. The end of the Essex
1942
Hudson factories now producing machine guns, aircraft components and various other pieces of equipment of the war effort
1948
Step Down models introduced
1953
New Jet model went into production
1954
After a loss of 10,000000$ Hudson merger with Nash and American Motors was created

 

Willys-Overland 1903
Prototype first appeared in Indiana
1905
The small producing of 5 vehicle is moved to larger facilities
1907
Production stop as major stockholder loses funding
1907 mid-year
Dealer from New York John Willys takes over producing
1908
Production in excess of 450 vehicle
1909
Production increase's, new factory bought in Toledo, Ohio
1914
New model Willys -Knight goes into production
1915
Profits in excess of 10 million$
1916
total output in excess of 140,000 vehicles
1919
Recession hits hard. Bank rescue package agreed. Walter Perry Chrysler now in charge of production
1921
Chrysler moves on and Willys take back production control1
1927
Overland name dropped with Whippet taking it's place
1931
Whippet name dropped with production car only carrying the Willys badge
1935
John Willys passes away
1939
Overland badge returns
1941
Overland badge dropped new American comes in
1946
Willys -Overland ramps up production of the classic Jeep and 6,500 + new Willys Station wagon were built. Henry J kaiser teamed up with Joseph W Frazer (Former President of Willy-Overland) and owner of Graham-Page Motors Corp
1947
Over 33,200 Station Wagons sold in this year
1948
Debut of t he Jeepster designed by Brooks Stevens with over 10,300 being built
1952
Aero compact announced in both coupe and two-door sedan's. also for the first time and Lark , Eagle and Falcon model range was seen
1953
Kaiser acquired Willy-Overland and name changed to Willys Motors Inc
1955
Due to poor sales tooling and machinery was shipped to South America where the Kaiser and Willys vehicles were produced under local names until the sixties