Detroit department store magnate, J.L. Hudson and Roy D. Chapin joined forces to form the Hudson Motor Company in 1909. Their goal of this new venture was to build a low-priced car for under $1,000. When Hudson introduced their 'Twenty', it was one of the first low-priced cars on the American market and it was very successful with more than 4,000 sold in the inaugural year.
The Hornet was introduced in 1951 based on Hudson's 'step-down' design that featured unibody construction. It had a low center of gravity that contributed to improved handling and ride. The Hornet was powered by a 308 cubic-inch straight six engine that offered 145 horsepower. The engine was capable of much more power and combined with the car's handling, became unbeatable in stock car racing in the 1950s.
Hornet prices started at $2,540 and 35,921 were produced in 1952. The 'Twin H-Power' version introduced in 1952 offered dual single-barrel carburetors and a functional hood scoop that increased power to 170 horsepower.