1948 Hudson Commodore Custom Station Wagon / 48480899 Chassis Information

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

1948 Hudson Commodore photograph

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Custom Station Wagon
Chassis #: 48480899
Sold for $159,500 at 2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan.
Sold for $60,500 at 2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction.
This Hudson Commodore Eight Custom Station Wagon was the car that was never built. In the post-War era, Hudson discontinued all commercial, utility, and station wagon lines, except for pickup trucks. In 1948, they introduced a new and radical 'step-down' design. One prototype pickup was built before the idea was abandoned. The product line-up included Super Six, Commodore six and Commodore Eight Coupes, convertibles and sedans. There were a total of 117,200 cars built in 1948 and the new tooling cost an astronomical $16,000,000 and left no money to build a woodie wagon. Don Butler, Hudson's famed designer, decided to design a woodie wagon anyway but management deemed it too costly to build.

Don Butler had recently been discharged as a veteran from the Army Air Force. In 1946 he was hired by Hudson's styling supervisor, Arthur Kibinger. While in the Army, he had sharpened his skills and techniques as an illustrator for instruction manuals and training materials. During his off-duty hours, he drew cars. After joining Hudson, he helped work on the final drawings for the step-down models. He continued sketching his own designs, now using Hudson as the basis. He sketched several body styles that management was unaware of at the time. His step-down designs included a station wagon, a pickup, and a town car, the latter appearing both with and without a wood applique. Unfortunately, there was no official interest in his ideas so his ideas remained hidden until the publication of his 1982 Crestline book The History of Hudson.

Butler's illustrations in the book fostered much interest among Hudson enthusiasts, including Bill Eggert of Denver. Inspired by the drawings, Eggert began work on a period-inspired Hudson Woody Wagon. He began with a rust-free 1948 Hudson Commodore Eight four-door sedan from Missouri. For the rear 'cabin', he used a 1954 Hudson donor car, its roof forming the greater part of the wagon's rear roof. The curved lift-gate window was formed from Lexan. The wood was difficult to forge; every stick had to be hand-crafted and finished to fit. The wood working along took over a year to create all the pieces using ash framing with mahogany veneer.

After the work was completed, the car made its debut at the 2007 National Meet of the Hudson Essex Terraplane Club at Auburn, Indiana. It was the only woodie in attendance and certainly the star of the show. Since that time, the unique creation has been shown just once before coming to auction in 2012.

The L-head inline eight-cylinder engine displaces 254.5 cubic-inches and offers 128 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the St. Johns sale presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $150,000 to $200,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $195,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
Custom Station Wagon
Chassis #: 48480899
Sold for $159,500 at 2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan.
Sold for $60,500 at 2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction.
When America resumed civilian vehicle production after World War II, the first all-new postwar design was Hudson's new 'step-down' cars which entered production in late 1947 for the 1948 model year. Hudson had discontinued all commercial, utility, and station wagon lines after WWII - except for the pickup trucks, and they produced just one prototype pickup truck prior to the idea being shelved. A step-down design for the postwar step-down design was never even considered by Hudson. It was, however, an idea of Don Butler, a recently discharged U.S. Army Air Force veteran. He had been hired in 1946 by Hudson's styling supervisor, Arthur Kibiger. He had honed his talents while serving in the Army, perfecting his technique as an illustrator for instruction manuals and training materials.

Although Butler worked for Hudson, he continuously sketched his own designs, now using Hudson as the basis. He even sketched several body styles he felt should be built as step-down models, including a station wagon, pickup truck, and town car. Hudson, however, was not interested, as they had spent a then-astronomical $16 million into the step-down design program and tooling. Thus, Butler's drawings remained unknown until the publication his book, 'The History of Hudson,' in 1982.

The introduction of Butler's illustrations inspired Bill Eggert of Denver to build this 'one of none' Station Wagon. He used a rust-free 1948 Hudson Commodore Eight four-door sedan located in Missouri as the donor car. For the rear passenger/cargo compartment, Eggert used a 1954 Hudson donor car, its roof forming the bulk of the wagon's rear roof section. A curved liftgate window was formed from Lexan. The woodwork proved difficult, being hand-crafted and carefully finished for correct fitment. The wood was Ash framing with veneered Mahogany insert panels. The Mahogany veneer was bonded to metal panels to fabricate the compound curves at the rear of the quarter-panels.

The competed Commodore Station Wagon made its public debut at the 2007 National Meet of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club held at Auburn, Indiana.

In 2012, this car joined the Eldon Hostetler collection. In 2015, it received further attention at LaVine Restorations in Nappanee, Indiana.

This Model 484 is powered by a 254.5 cubic-inch L-head inline eight cylinder engine offering 128 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Its wheelbase measures 124 inches.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2019

2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction

Sale Price :
$60,500

2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$150,000-$200,000 
Sale Price :
$159,500

2018 2
2017 1
2014 1
2013 1
2012 1
2011 2
2010 2
2008 2
2005 1
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$46,750$60,5002
2017$18,150$18,1501
2014$57,750$57,7501
2013$50,050$50,0501
2012$159,500$159,5001
2011$29,750$45,5002
2010$47,150$85,8002
2008$123,750$181,5002
2005$19,950$19,9501
2004$88,000$88,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Hudson Commodore Six Sedan
Chassis#: 482-70000
Sold for $33,000
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction
1948 Hudson Commodore image  1948 Hudson Commodore image  
1948 Hudson Commodore Eight Custom Station Wagon
Chassis#: 48480899
Sold for $60,500
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction
1948 Hudson Commodore image  1948 Hudson Commodore image  
1948 Hudson Commodore
Sold for $18,150
  2017 Branson Collector Car Auction
 
1948 Hudson Commodore Eight Sedan
Chassis#: 484113039
Sold for $57,750
  2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
1948 Hudson Commodore image  
1948 Hudson Commodore 8 Sedan
Sold for $50,050
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1948 Hudson Commodore Eight Custom Station Wagon
Chassis#: 48480899
Sold for $159,500
  2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan
1948 Hudson Commodore image  1948 Hudson Commodore image  
1948 Hudson Commodore Sedan
Sold for $14,000
  2011 Leake Auction - Dallas, Texas
 
1948 Hudson Commadore
Chassis#: 48190943
Sold for $45,500
  2011 Silver Auction - Carson City
 
1948 Hudson Commodore Six
Chassis#: 48226123
Sold for $8,500
  2010 MidAmerica Auctions - MN State Fairgrounds - Grandstands
 
1948 HUDSON COMMODORE 8 CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $85,800
  2010 Barrett-Jackson ORANGE COUNTY 2010
 
1948 Hudson Commodore Limousine by Derham
Chassis#: 48490870
Sold for $66,000
  2008 RM Auctions - The Astor Collection
 
1948 Hudson Commodore Eight Convertible
Chassis#: 48499601
Sold for $181,500
  2008 RM Auctions - The Wayne Davis Collection
 
1948 Hudson Commodore
Sold for $19,950
  2005 Worldwide Auctions - Raleigh Classic 2005
 
1948 HUDSON COMMODORE 8 CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $88,000
  2004 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2004
 
1948 HUDSON COMMODORE FOUR DOOR
Sold for $2,400
  2001 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1948 Hudson Commodore's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1948 Hudson Commodore 8 2012 Silver Auction Reno, Nevada Aug 12   

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