American Motors Corporation (AMC) was formed by the merger of Hudson Motor Car Company and Nash-Kelvinator Corporation in 1954. The brand names Hudson and Nash was last sold as 1957 model years. Rambler, a model in the Nash lineup, became its own brand in 1958.
Jeep together with its commercial side, General Products Division, later to become AM General Corporation, became part of AMC when Jeep was aquired from Kaiser Jeep in 1970.
Car models sold under the AMC umbrella were subcompacts such as Metropolitan and Gremlin, mid-size such as Rambler and Matador, full-size such as Ambassador and Hornet, AMX and Javelin pony-cars.
A partnership with the French automaker Renault, who ended up owning almost half of AMC, in 1979 resulted in the Alliance, produced from 1983-87. The AM General brand was sold in 1983 due to government regulations. Chrysler Motor Corporation (Chrysler) bought AMC in 1987 for roughly $1.5 billion. Only the Jeep and Eagle brands were continued, but Chrysler closed Eagle down in 1999.