Three Hudsons, Auctioned Off at the Hollywood Car Auction Amelia Island

Hudson Commodore Convertible Front
1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible (Front)

I’m a sucker for Hudson’s “Step Down” styling and engineering of 1949-1954.  These were some of the first American cars to utilize advanced body and chassis manufacturing techniques after the war was over and the effort paid off on the track.  In NASCAR’s early days, the Hudsons were almost utterly unstoppable thanks to their design.  The body and chassis were a semi-single unit and the floor was placed lower than the frame rails, which enabled passengers to “step down” into the interior (hence the phrase).  This saved weight and also lowered the vehicle, improving handling.  When paired up with the later “Twin-H-Power” straight-six engine, the later Hornets were unbeatable on the track in their day, dominating the field in the early Fifties, with 27 of 34 Grand National wins in 1952, 22 of 37 in 1953, and 17 of 37 in 1954.  Three of these Hudsons were up for auction at the Hollywood Car Auction at Amelia Island, and all three of them sold.  The yellow 1949 Commodore convertible sold for $73,000 before buyer’s premium.  The two Hornet sedans up for sale were later models (the burgundy is a 1953 model, while the black one was a ’52).  The black 1952 sedan sold for $62,000 and the burgundy 1953 sedan sold for $87,500.  Enjoy the photos.

 

Hudson Commodore Convertible Wheel
1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible (Wheel)
Hudson Commodore Convertible Interior
1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible (Interior)
Hudson Commodore Convertible Hood Ornament
Hudson Commodore Convertible (Hood Ornament)
1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan Front
1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan (Front)
1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan Wheel
1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan (Wheel)
1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan Instrument Panel
1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan (Instrument Panel)
1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan Dashboard
1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan (Dashboard)
1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan Badge
1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan (Badge)
1953 Hudson Hornet Front Right
1953 Hudson Hornet (Front Right)
1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan Front
1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan (Front Left)
1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan Wheel
1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan (Wheel)
1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan Hood Ornament
1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan (Hood Ornament)

-Albert S. Davis

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