From trucks to racing, the underdog’s V-8s and straight-sixes did a lot

The common misperception about American Motors throughout the years held that the company just assembled cars from other carmakers’ parts, including other carmakers’ engines. While the company did, at times, purchase engines from companies as varied as Packard and Porsche, in fact its engineers developed several lines of accomplished and acclaimed engines which saw use in a number of vehicles that didn’t carry the American Motors red, white, and blue badge. Some were racing machines, some trucks, but all had a little bit of Kenosha in them.

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