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1931 Hudson Series T Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster / 924094 Vehicle Information

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

1931 Hudson Series T photograph

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Sold for $143,000 at 2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction.
Roy Chapin, Howard Coffin and Roscoe Jackson founded the Hudson Motor Car Company in Detroit during 1909. A short time later and during that same year, the first automobiles were introduced. Must of the initial capital for the company was provided by J. L. Hudson, owner of Hudson's department stores and uncle to Roscoe Jackson's wife.

For 1931, Hudsons were offered on the short Series T chassis and long-wheelbase Series U with an array of 17 available body styles. Powered by the eight-cylinder engine debuted the previous year, Hudson once again was solely an eight-cylinder model line in 1931. Displacement now measured 233.7 cubic-inches and offered 87 horsepower at 3,600 engine revolutions.

The Great Depression resulted in a reduction in sales at Hudson to levels not seen since post World War I recession.

Previous Hudson bodystyles included boattailed roadsters sporadically and offered them in 1927 and 1929 on the Essex chassis, with the body style's construction attributed by some to Biddle and Smart. For 1931, an Essex boattail roadster was offered. By this point in history, Essex and Hudson shared bodies, so a Hudson boattail was created, this time with the bodies built by Murray. The 1931 boattail was rare and not even listed in the factory-issued sales literature that year. It is believed that just 12 examples were built and as few as five are thought to remain in existence today.

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.

This car was purchased by Mr. Hostetler in June of 1990. Period accessories include a pair of Trippe Safety Lights, a chrome grille stone guard, chrome hood-vent doors, twin side-mounted spare wheels and tires with chrome covers and chrome side view mirrors, a stanchion-mounted spot atop the driver's side running board including a smaller lamp on the cross-brace with the car's body, floral-etched wind wings, a well-fitted black folding top, upholstered rumble seat, spotlight, and more.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2019



2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction

Sale Price :
USD $143,000

1931 Hudson Series T Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 HUDSON GREATER EIGHT BOATTAIL ROADSTER
Chassis#: 924469
Sold for USD$179,200
  2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1931 Hudson Series T image  1931 Hudson Series T image  
1931 Hudson Greater Eight Series T Boattail Sport Roadster
Chassis#: 924094
Sold for USD$143,000
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction
1931 Hudson Series T image  1931 Hudson Series T image  
1931 Hudson Series T Coupe
Chassis#: 918936
Sold for USD$22,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1931 Hudson Series T image  1931 Hudson Series T image  
1931 HUDSON BOATTAIL
Chassis#: 916483
Sold for USD$99,000
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
 
1931 Hudson Greater Eight Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Chassis#: 925232
Sold for USD$72,500
  2011 RM Auctions - Hershey
1931 Hudson Series T image  1931 Hudson Series T image  
1931 Hudson Series T
Sold for USD$110,000
  2009 Automobiles of Arizona
1931 Hudson Series T image  1931 Hudson Series T image  
1931 Hudson Greater Eight Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: 920968
Sold for USD$60,500
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1931 Hudson Greater Eight Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: 924469
Sold for USD$93,500
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
1931 Hudson Series T image  1931 Hudson Series T image  
1931 Hudson Boattail Speedster
Sold for USD$107,250
  2003 JEM Museum Collection
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Hudson Series T's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Hudson Greater 8 Boattail Speedster9209682019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction   

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Hudson Series T Vehicle Profiles
Coupe
Hudson Series T Coupe

Model Year: 1930
Coupe
Hudson Series T Coupe

Chassis Num: 902386
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Hudson Series T Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster

Coachbuilder: Murray
Model Year: 1931
Profile

Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Hudson Series T Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster

Coachbuilder: Murray
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Coupe
Hudson Series T Coupe

Chassis Num: 918936
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Hudson Series T Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster

Coachbuilder: Murray
Chassis Num: 924094
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History

Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Hudson Series T Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster

Coachbuilder: Murray
Chassis Num: 924469
Engine Num: 45937
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Hudson Series T Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster

Coachbuilder: Murray
Chassis Num: 925232
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Hudson Series T Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster

Coachbuilder: Murray
Chassis Num: 927280
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History

Coupe Roadster
Hudson Series T Coupe Roadster

Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 936467
Model Year: 1932
Profile and Auction History


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