When you think of American car companies, your mind probably goes straight to the “Big Three” of Detroit; GM, Ford, and Chrysler. However, there was a 35-year period when there was a fourth challenger to the big three; the American Motors Corporation, more commonly known as AMC. It was a brand that formed through a merger of Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson. AMC might be best known for its small economy cars like the Gremlin, and the Pacer, but AMC’s product portfolio went much deeper than that. It produced some serious muscle cars like the AMX and the Javelin at the height of the muscle car era, but also made respectable volume cars like the Ambassador and the Hornet. AMC, along with its Jeep subsidiary, was bought by the Chrysler Corporation in the 1980s and the AMC brand was discontinued shortly thereafter, but still survived in a way through Jeep and the newly formed Eagle marque. In fact, the original Jeep Grand Cherokee was an AMC design and played a big part in the SUV revolution of the 1990s and AMC essentially invented the modern crossover SUV with the car-based AMC Eagle.