Image: AMC via Oldcarmanualproject

1974 was the final model year of the AMC Ambassador—the Kenosha, Wisconsin-built American Motors flagship since 1958. It’s a model whose roots go all the way back to Nash’s top-of-the-line cars of the 1920s. But after nearly 50 years, the Ambassador name died out in the heart of America’s first oil crisis.

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