The Police Package - American Motors

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AMC Police Cars

American Motors Corporation (AMC) was formed in 1954 from the merger of Nash and Hudson car companies. It sold cars under the name Rambler in the 1950's and 1960's. In the late 1960's the company started selling its cars under the name American Motors and then later AMC. In 1970 AMC purchased Jeep from Kaiser. By 1980, AMC was in financial trouble and the French car maker Renault bought a controlling interest in the company. AMC continued to sell it line of cars and Jeeps, at the same time building versions of the French designed Renaults. Chrysler in 1987 bought the entire AMC company from Renault. Chrysler purchased the company for one reason, it wanted Jeep. Chrysler continued to sell the old AMC Eagle wagons at Jeep/Eagle dealerships for a short time, before phasing it out. Chrysler used the name "Eagle" for it new line of cars to sell along side the Jeeps.

 AMC sold police package beginning in the 1960's with the Rambler. The most popular AMC police vehicles were the AMC Ambassador and Matador of the early 1970's. The Matador was very popular as a police car in Southern California in the early to mid 1970's. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Dept and Los Angeles Police Dept were large users of the AMC Matador. The 1970's AMC Hornet also saw a small amount of use as a police vehicle