|1930 Model T|
1931 Hudson Series T news, pictures, and information
|Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster|
Chassis Num: 927280
|Sold for $110,000 at 2009 RM Auctions.|
Hudson had earned a reputation for being the 'World's Largest Builder of Six-Cylinder Cars.' This reputation began in 1913 and would continue for the following two decades. By the late 1920s, the cylinder wars had escalated and Hudson was in need of change. For 1930, Hudson readied a straight eight. It was derived from the companion make Essex Six, and was smaller in displacement and down on power than the old Super Six. Its main advantage was being 500 pounds lighter, which gave it better performance than the unit it replaced.
By the start of the 1930s, Essex and Hudson were sharing bodies. Essex had offered boat-tails in 1927 and 1929, and again in 1931. The boat-tails were built by Murray. There were so few boat-tail bodies made that bore the Hudson name, that they did not even make the sales literature.
This boat-tail Hudson was given a restoration by a former owner. It was purchased by Dr. Atwood from a Canadian collector in November of 1984. While in her care, she gave the car another restoration by John Sanders' Antique Auto Restoration in Rockford.
In 1985, the car earned another AACA National First, followed by a Grand National First in 1986 at Asheville, North Carolina.
The car is painted in orange paint, with brown fenders, and a tan canvas top. The interior and rumble seat are upholstered in brown leather. The chassis is painted gloss black. In the engine bay is a 233.7 cubic-inch L-head inline eight-cylinder engine that offers 87 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission and four-wheel mechanical brakes.
In 2009, this Super Bearcat was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Arizona auction presented by RM Auctions. The lot was estimated to sell for $110,000 - $150,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for the sum of $110,000, including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
|Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster|
The Hudson Speedster with its boat-tail design was cataloged as the Series T 2-Passenger Sport Roadster for 1931. Twelve Greater Eight chassis were sent to the Murray Body Co. in 1931 to receive the boat-tail body. Power was from an 87-horsepower straight-8 engine.
In 1954, the Hudson Motor Company was merged with Nash-Kelvinator to create American Motors. The 1955 Hudsons had Nash bodies, with the Wasp and Hornet models retaining Hudson's six-cylinder engines. The last Hudson automobiles were built in 1957.
This 1931 Hudson Sport Roadster is one of five known to survive. It is one of 49 vehicles included in a 2007 donation by Eldon and Edna Hostetier to the Town of Shipshewana, Indiana, for the purpose of establishing the Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum facility in that community.
By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
|Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster|
Chassis Num: 925232
The boat-tailed roadsters offered by Hudson were not available every year. In 1927 and 1929 there were Essex boat-tails. It re-appeared in 1931. By this point in history, Hudson and Essex shared bodies, so a Hudson boat-tail was created, with the bodies built by Murray. Ray Dietrich was under the employment of Murray during this time, and it is believed the Hudson boat-tail speedster, with its convertible top design and steeply raked windshield, was among his achievements.
This 1931 Hudson Greater Eight Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster was purchased from the William F. Harrah Collection in the 1980s by Mr. Rose of Nebraska. The car wears an older restoration. It is believed Mr. Rose later sold the car to a collector in Gordonsville, Virginia, where it stayed for many years until sold by the owner's estate to a collector in Meriden, Connecticut.
In 2011, this car was offered for sale at the Hershey, PA. sale presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $100,000 - $125,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $72,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2011
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