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The American Motors Corporation
1916-1924
Plainfield, NJ

The American was one of the many assembled car built in the early 1900s. This American Automobile was built by The American Motors Corporation of Plainfield, NJ from 1916 to 1924.

In 1920 production of the American reached about 1,500 units at their factory in Plainfield, NJ.

For a short time, racing driver Louis Chevrolet served as Vice-President and Chief Engineer of The American Motors Corporation. Evidence of that can be seen in the 1918 American Motors Corporation advertisement shown below.

1918 American
1918 American Six

In this advertisement The American Motors Corporation promoted the fact that Louis Chevrolet put his stamp of approval on every American made. "OK Chevrolet" could be found under the hood just beneath the name plate.

1919 American
1919 American
1919 American
1919 American
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First it was the American Six then it was known as the American Balanced Six "With Miles of Smiles". The American was referring to it's balance chassis for smoother rides. The American was produced as a Touring Car, Roadsters and Sedans. All had a 122 inch wheelbase and 45 horsepower six cylinder engines.

1920 American
1920 American
1921 American
1921 American
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By the early 1920s the American was produced as a five passenger and seven passenger Touring Car, three passenger Roadster and a seven passenger sedan. The wheelbase was increased from 122 inches to 127 inches. Herschell-Spillman six cylinder engines that developed 60 horsepower were used.

In 1923 the American became connected with the Bessemer Truck Corporation. The American Motors Corporation was reorganized into The Bessemer-American Motors Corp. and built Bessemer-American automobiles. By 1924 the car and truck interest combined to form Amalgamated Motors and passenger car production ceased early in 1924.

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