The Rambler Family Tree
Each has predecessors which gave them birth through opportunity. While Hudson remained relatively stable through its history, both Nash and Willys engaged in large mergers to further their fortunes.
The Family Tree of American Motors is complex, yet surprisingly confusing. There was many a merger and a buyout among the three principle branches.
So given the basic 3-branch composition of AMC, a chart would look something like this:
1855 Mitchell Wagon Builders
1874 Mitchell & Lewis Co Ltd.
1879 American Bicycles
1881 Gormully & Jeffery
1900 TBJ & Co. Mitchell-Lewis
1903 Thomas Overland
1916 Nash buys Jeffery
1920 La Fayette
1924 Nash buys La Fayette and Mitchell
1937 Nash merges with Kelvinator
1940 Jeep by Willys
1954 Hudson and Nash create AMC
1955 Kaiser and Willys merge
1970 AMC buys out Kaiser Jeep to form
AMC Jeep Corporation
1979? Renault buys into AMC
1982? Renaut gains controlling interest in AMC
1987 Chrysler buys out AMC in hostile bid.
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