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American Motors Shop Manuals and Dealer Albums
American Motors formed in 1954 through a merging of the Nash and Hudson car
companies. See our separate Nash and Hudson pages for cars made before 1958. In
1958, American Motors did away with the Nash and Hudson nameplates to focus on
selling its Rambler and Metropolitan brands.
From 1958 to 1983, AMC made a different factory shop manual for each year. Prior
to 1968, there were typically two types of manuals per year - one for Rambler
American, and one for larger Ramblers like Classic, Marlin, and Ambassador. From
1968-1983, AMC normally made one book or set for each year, covering all models
for the year like Rebel, Javelin, AMX, Gremlin, Hornet, Matador, Pacer, Spirit,
Concord, and Eagle. For 1984-1988, AMC narrowed its models down to Eagle and
switched to a multiple service manual format. The manuals include:
In 1989, when Chrysler Corporation took over AMC, Chrysler changed the AMC name
to Eagle – see the separate page dedicated to Eagle.
AMC made color and upholstery books for each year which have samples of exterior paints
and interior upholstery. These rare books are often the only way to find out how
original upholstery looked. Data books for each year are the authority on which
equipment was standard and which was optional.
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