American Motors (AMC) was formed in 1954 by the merger of Nash-Kelvinator and the Hudson Motor Car Company. Nash had recognised that the Big 3 being General Motors, Ford and Chrysler were going to be hard to beat without economies of scale and they found Hudson to be a willing partner to start the process. With the completion of the merger, the new AMC was able to reduce the price of Hudson models by having reduced the costs of components. Hudson’s were redesigned to accommodate more Nash parts and the group negotiated with Packard for the use of their engines. At the same time that AMC was formed, Packard and Studebaker merged as the manufacturing footprint shrunk to accommodate the market. At the time of the creation of AMC, Nash was selling the Metropolitan, a 2 door coupe and convertible built in the UK and used Austin 1200 and 1500cc motors. It was designed in the States and the first order was for 10,000 units. After the merger, the Metropolitan became a Hudson as well. In … [Read More...]
The Silent Knight Engine was an evolution of the internal combustion engine that was in production for a few decades before being overtaken by other more efficient or powerful units.
The very first car engines were boxer motors – Karl Benz used one in his pioneering car. Today they are still used by Porsche and Subaru.