Person of American Motors

Presenting the Hall of Fame Inductees:

Category 1 – Person of American Motors

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Richard A. Teague

Class of 2012

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George W. Romney

Class of 2013

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Roy D. Chapin, Jr.

Class of 2014

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Roy Lunn

Class of 2015

 Richard A. Teague,  Vice President of Design for American Motors from 1964-83. The first AMC models influenced by Teague’s styling were the 1963 Ambassador and Classic, Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. He was also responsible for designing the AMX, Javelin, Gremlin, Pacer and Jeep XJ Cherokee. His skill and creativity allowed AMC to introduce fresh designs on a tight budget. Teague died in 1991.

George W. Romney,  Chairman and President of American Motors from 1954-62 following the sudden death of George Mason. Romney soon began the process of phasing out the Nash and Hudson brands to focus on smaller Rambler models, as well as increasing efficiency at AMC, and saw the company return to profitability in 1958. He would leave American Motors to become Governor of Michigan from 1963-69, then Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Richard Nixon from 1969-73. Romney died in 1995.

Roy D. Chapin, Jr.  The son of Hudson Motor Car Co. co-founder Roy D. Chapin Sr, the younger Chapin was born in 1915 and began his career with Hudson in 1938 as a salesman, test driver and engineer. Chapin’s automotive career continued with AMC, and in 1967 he was appointed to fill the CEO position. In the years which followed he was instrumental in introducing many successful models like the Gremlin, Hornet, and Javelin. He also spearheaded the purchase of Kaiser Jeep. Roy D. Chapin Jr. retired from AMC in 1978 and enjoyed retirement until his death in 2001.

Roy Lunn,  After a brilliant career at Ford, which included overseeing development of the Mustang I prototype, GT40 race cars, and Boss 429 Mustang, Lunn joined American Motors in 1971 as  director of engineering for the Jeep division. At AMC he was responsible for development of  the Eagle line of four wheel drive cars,as well as the XJ Cherokee, first of the modern, unit body compact SUV’s. He was also involved with the 4.0L straight six, and 2.5L four cylinder engines,  both still produced by Chrysler beyond the year 2000. Roy Lunn retired in 1987 and lives in Florida.