From what I researched before writing that paragraph, I assume the new head's life or social standing in France were entirely at stake. Thank you for your feedback on this, as it's always nice to hear reinforcement of my research. It's a pretty fascinating story, but there's not enough room in an Eagle Summit story to tell it. 🙂
Never had love for these then and I forgot about them today.
The Eagles that really stick out to me was the old AMC Eagle wagon and Hatch. I had a local business owner who could own what ever own two of these. They drove them for years and even with the issue AMC had in that era these cars really held up well. They both went into six figures and did not have the rust issues the previous models they were based on had.
They did suffer the leaking valve covers that all did but for the abuse they took they did well. The owner later went to a SUV and then a Porsche Cayenne before he passed away.
My buddy had a Renault Fuego that was the next thing to walking. It seldom ran right and had many issue. I was glad when I finally got him to give up on it. I used to play with Fiats and while they were far from perfect they always ran. Rust yes but they always ran and you never had to lock it even in Cleveland as no one would steal it.
Jeep has survived a number of mergers and yet another one with a French company. Time will tell if they hang on or move to someone else again.