1946 AEA founded with Oliver Redhawk and Aaron Eagleson
1948 American Eagle Automotive officially a company
1948 Delux Coupe released in Gasmea
1949 Delux Club & D-100 released in Gasmea
1951 Delux lineup refresh
1952 Legendary 242ci variant of Gen 1 V8 created
1953 Delux Gen II released in Gasmea in LS and LX trims
1955 Delux Gen II refresh
1955 Eagle released in Gasmea
- Released in a base, Track Ready, and V8 trims, with the base and TR using a new 150 & 171ci inline 4 family.
1955 RPG officially recognized as the performance branch of AEA
1956 Delux D-100 Truck released in Gasmea
1956 First forged engine parts used
- First minor recall: Eagle TR models i4 weak bottom end, replaced with new forged parts
1957 Delux Gen II refresh - Best year of sales
1961 El Govnor released in Gasmea
1963 Debut of the new Big Block Cleveland OHV V8 Family. Displacements range from 353ci to 455ci.
1964 Debut of the new Small Block Windsor OHV V8 Family. Displacements range from 283ci(?) to 333ci.
1965 Barracuda released in Gasmea as mid-sized family sedan & first proper muscle car.
1969 Fruinian Barracuda model released. Smaller, lighter, & surprisingly uses larger engine displacements.
1972 El Govnor Mark II released, fullsize and under-powered in attempt to use unleaded fuel across the entire company.
1972 Fruinian Barracuda replaces original Gasmea marketed one.
1976 Barracuda raced in BRC '76 Not very successful, but increases market share.
1982 RPG publicly announces open shop for “Special Performance Packages”
1982 RPG undertakes finishing Eagle contract
1982 RPG get full rights to the AEA Gen 1 SB OHV V8 engine family.
1983(?) Corzippa released in Gasmea
- Rear engine, RWD 2-seater, Initially marketed poorly, by 1984 Marketing got their stuff together.
- AEA First All Aluminum engine = V6 with SOHC/DOHC
- First major recall: Brakes on early Corzippa models have manufacturing flaw, and prone to failing/sloppy performance.
1987 Corzippa refreshed.
- More Power, but sales gradually drop
1991/93 Corzippa Completely Redesigned
- Now a front engine, front wheel drive 2+2 coupe
- Redesigned All Aluminum V6, Displacements from (2.0L to 3.4L?)
- Sales pick up considerably
- Quality suffers as quantity & cheap price are priortized
1995 Corzippa Refreshed, Gets AWD system (on performance trims) and more power via Turbos, Quality continues to suffer.
1997 Corzippa hits 300hp mark with a special GT2 performance trim
1998 AEA starts developing SOHC 3 valve V8 and DOHC 4 valve I4 with previous experience from Corzippa’s V6 as basis
early 2000s. AEA Starts designing a Modern OHV (pushrod) V8
- At some point Gives it all over to RPG, as AEA needs to finish new SOHC/DOHC engines
- Modern pushrod V8 becomes the RPG CLS V8
early 2000s AEA releases the Shark [muscle/sports car] to wild reviews.
- Major Recalls of the Shark and its brand new V10/12 engine are a huge disaster for the company.
2005 or 6 RPG pulls PR/Marketing stunt: Makes imposter Mustang
- Bad press for RPG - also puts AEA in bad light
2008 RPG breaks off as its own company
2008 AEA releases the Orela [cheaper commuter/family car] to save the company finances.
2011 RPG Tunes the DSD Saratoga
- 3 stages, first two use DSD-sourced turbo I6 engines tuned by RPG
- Final stage uses brand new RPG CLS V8 in 7.0L configuration
2011 RPG releases the next generation Eagle
- sports coupe designed to be a cheaper competitor to pony cars as well as “corvette-like” sports cars
- GT, GTR, GTX trims.
- Also uses the RPG CLS V8 with displacements up to 7.0L
2016 RPG rumors of a “brand new classic car”
2017 RPG release refresh of second gen Eagle
2017 RPG releases “new” Barracuda based on old chassis design, updated to meet current standards.
- Brand new refresh of the Cleveland Big Block V8 design.
- Met with mostly positive reviews, it didn’t sell as well as planned.
- Steals the thunder from the new Eagle
2019 RPG - last year for second gen Eagle, due to upcoming strict fuel economy standards
2019 RPG CLS V8 series is slated to end production