Hudson Motor Car Company began the manufacture of automobiles in Detroit in 1909 and merged with Nash in 1954 to form American Motors. In 1952, Hudson was in the throes of its biggest postwar gamble, the Hudson Jet. Two years later, Hudson created the Italia, a car built on the 1954 Hudson Jet chassis, with a hand formed aluminum body built by Carrozzeria Touring in Italy.
Amazingly, of the 26 that were built, 21 have been found to date. It is interesting to note that all but one of the missing 5 are in serial numbers 5 through 10. The two in this group that have surfaced are both in Europe, leading speculation that these 6 cars were never delivered to America. It could have had something to do with Hudson's bankruptcy. All cars were Italian cream in color with red and cream interior. They were equipped with Borrani wheels.
The cost to the dealer for the Italia was $4,800. The Italia was truly one of the most uniquely designed American sports cars produced during the 1950s, which is no doubt why so many survived.
This vehicle has undergone a complete professional restoration between the years 2000 and 2003 by the current owners. Over 20 items had to be remade to the original specifications by borrowing and copying pieces from other Italia owners.