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Facts About Hudson Motor Cars

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  • From the 1928 Literary Digest - The 6-cylinder Essex, the Challenger, was factory priced at $695
  • From the 1930 Saturday Evening Post - The Hudson's Great Eight; 

"Hudson Wins, In France, In California, In Countrywide Tests of Endurance and Reliability

Wins Famous Tour de France

Again Hudson-Essex scored 100% in winning the highest honors in the nine-day Tour de France, most celebrated of the annual tests staged on the European Continent.

Against eighty-seven cars from every country, competing, Hudson and Essex were each awarded the Gold Medal, for completing the Tour and its many tests for speed, acceleration, hill-climbing, economy, brake tests, and all-round reliability, without a single penalty. They now ho1d the highest awards for scoring perfectly both this year and last.

Victor in California Tests

Hudson’s Great Eight, with 100% score, over- whelmed all competition in tests conducted in the purchase of cars for the Department of Highway Control of the State of California.

Nearly all makes submitted bids. Eight cars, including Hudson, were chosen for these exhaustive tests — in Speed, Acceleration, Reliability, Stability, Flexibility, Operating Ease, Steering Action, Freedom from Vibration, Shimmying and Freedom from Overheating. One of the lowest in price, Hudson’s Great 8, was the only car to finish with a perfect score.

124,750 Miles with 100% Reliability

Twenty-five Hudson Eights in grueling non- stop runs of 160 hours each (7 days) gave the marvelous result of 100% reliability records. Not a motor failed, not a part was replaced, not an adjustment was required.

A total of 124,750 miles was covered by the 25 Hudsons, an average of 4,990 miles each. Speed above 80 miles an hour was attained. Average gasoline consumption was 14.85 miles per gallon. The tests were conducted in and about 25 different cities, from Maine to California, and all conditions of weather, road and hills were encountered."

  • 1939 prices delivered in Detroit: Hudson Six Convertible Brougham $1042; Hudson Six Touring Sedan $854.
  • From a 1940 magazine ad: "32.66 mpg, a certified record made in a continuous 1000 mile run under official supervision."  The successful endurance test was "20,000 miles in 12 days, officially certified." 

  • 1940 prices delivered in Detroit:  Hudson Six Coupe $670;  Hudson Six Convertible Sedan $955; Hudson Super-Six $809;  Hudson Eight $860;  Hudson Country Club Sedan $1018.  Standard Equipment: Handy Shift at steering wheel; Dash-locking Safety Hood, hinged at front;  New Sealed Beam Headlamps; New Cushion-Action Door Latches; Patented Auto-Poise Front Wheel Control.   Optional Equipment: AirFoam Seat Cushions; Override; Fluid-Cushioned Automatic Clutch ($20);  Weather-Master Fresh Air & Heat Control.

  • From a 1946 magazine ad:  "Choice of famous 102-horsepower Super-Six and 128-horsepower Super-Eight".  Models are "Super Series and Commodore Series; Sedans, Brougham, 3- and 5-passenger Coupes and Convertible Broughams in nine standard body colors, with four 2-tone combinations".

  • From a 1949 magazine ad: "Eight body styles in Super Series and Commodore Custom Series.  Ten rich body colors.  Two special colors or five two-tone combinations".
  • From a 1953 brochure: Hudson Hornet "comes in a choice of eight standard colors, four special extra-cost colors and 19 two-tone color combinations".
  •  From a 1954 brochure: Hornet Special is "available in Four-Door Sedan, Club Sedan and Club Coupe".
  •  Hudson ‘Step-Down’ Construction:

  • Front Subframe: - Carries Engine, Transmission, Steering, Double-Wishbone/Coil-Spring Front Suspension

  • Main Body Section: - Heavy Side Rails Form the Inner Rocker Sills.   Steel Hoops Carry Body Panels & Roof.  Floorpans Welded to the Perimeter Loop

  • Result: - “StepDown” Extremely Stiff, Rigid Structure with Great Integrity & Strength with Low Center of Gravity and Low Roll Center

  •  Hudson History And Firsts

1909 – Hudson Founded by Roy Chapin, Howard Coffin, Frederick Bezner & James Brady (All from Olds Motor Works).  Joseph Hudson of Dayton-Hudson Stores Provided Financing.

1910 – Fluid Clutch

1911 – Produced Closed Models

1915 – Worlds Largest Mfr of Six Cylinder Cars

1916 – Super Six Engine w/1st Balanced Crankshaft, Modern, High Compression L-Head Engine

1919 – All Steel Body – Introduced Smaller, Less Expensive ESSEX

1922 – 1st Mass-Produced, Competitive - Priced Closed Car

1932 – Set Several Hill Climbing, Economy Runs & Speed Records

1934 – Semi-Independent Front Suspension

WWII – Built Aircraft Parts, Machine Guns & “Invader” Landing Craft Engines

1948 – Introduced the StepDown Design

1951-54 – Dominated the Race Tracks

1953 – Compact ‘Jet’ Introduced

1955 – Became American Motors

  • Hudson Production - Approximately 2.1 Million Vehicles were built in Plants in Detroit, Belgium, England & Canada from 1909 to 1954.

  • Product Lines:  Roadsters; Raceabouts; Convertibles; Coupes; Sedans; Limousines; 2 Seaters; Coaches; Boattails; Panel Deliveries; “Woody” Wagons; Coupes w/Slide-Out Pickup Beds in Trunk; “Stand-up” Delivery Vans; Chassis for Ambulances, Hearses, etc.

  • Hudson Auto Racing - From 1951-54, Hudson Automobiles Won or Took 2nd or 3rd Place in Nearly Every Major Race

Winning Records

        1951 -  13 NASCAR Wins

        1952 –  27 NASCAR & 22 AAA Wins

        1953 –  22 NASCAR & 24 AAA Wins

        1954 –  18 NASCAR & AAA (USAC) Wins

Hudson Winning Drivers:  Marshall Teague; Lou Figaro; Herb Thomas; Lee Petty; Dick Rathman; Tim Flock; Jack McGrath; Frank Mundy.

Hudson Race Team Design Engineer:   Vince Piggins (Later Vince conceived the Camaro Z28, ZL1 & Z11 for Chevrolet).

  • From "The Complete Book of Collectible Cars", Richard M. Langworth writes about the Step-down line of Hudsons - "The most remembered Hudson of the postwar years, one of the industry's all-time greats.   Virtually unbeatable in stock-car racing through 1954, it continued to compete with some success even after the Step-down line came to an end with the Nash-based '55 Hudsons.   Amazingly, this racing success was achieved with a six-cylinder engine.........   'Twin-H Power' arrived for 1953 (twin carbs and dual manifold induction) and the 210-bhp 7-X racing engine late that same year were early examples of factory 'prodifying' that helped the likes of Marshall Teague and Herb Thomas dominate NASCAR and AAA tracks against ostensibly much more potent machinery...... One of the great postwar landmarks - a true champion.  Fine performance.  Surprising handling.  Quality.   Luxury............Excellent roadability.  Solid Construction."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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