1954 Hudson Italia

History

Produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, the Hudson Italia was a compact car with limited production capacity. It was designed by Frank Spring and in cooperation with Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, during the 1954 and 1955 model years.

Toying around with the design for an Experimental Sports Car, Frank worked closely with Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni, the chief designer of Touring Body Works of Milan, Italy.

The all-aluminum prototype was displayed to dealerships across the country in 1953 and met with enthusiasm at first.

Though it came with its own unique body and interior, the Italia was still based on the Hudson Jet. Passed off as the 'Super Jet' at first, and featuring more updated features and advancements the Italia came with a aluminum body, wrap around windshield and vinyl bucket seats.

Powered by Hudson's 202 in³ L-head Six, produced 114 hp, and came with a 3-speed manual column-shift transmission.

Lower than the Jet by 10 inches, the low-slung Italia came with a price tag of $4,350.

Stylish and sleek, the Italia featured 'V' shaped scoops over the headlights on the front fenders. The front bumper also sported a large inverted 'V' overlapping the grille work and angling upwards over the front. The rear quarter panels featured scalloped cut-outs and the rear quarter scoops cooled the rear brakes.

Unfortunately, the Italia lasted through production with only a mere 26 vehicles. Hudson Motor Company suffered financial difficulties and went bankrupt in 1954. Of the 26 models that were built, 21 have resurfaced to date.
.The Italia was truly one of the most uniquely designed American sports cars produced during the '50s, which is no doubt why so many survived.

By Jessica Donaldson

1954 Vehicle Profiles

1954 Hudson Italia vehicle information

GT Sport Coupe
Coachwork: Touring
Designer: Frank Spring

Hudson Motor Car Company began the manufacture of automobiles in Detroit in 1909, and merged with Nash in 1954 to form American Motors Corporation. The Hudson nameplate was continued for three more years, ending in 1957. Prior to the merger, Hudson....[continue reading]

1954 Hudson Italia vehicle information

GT Sport Coupe
Coachwork: Touring
Designer: Frank Spring

The arresting Italia was Hudson's way of reminding the auto industry that it wasn't dead yet. Although it was built on the chassis of the compact jet, it was strikingly clothed in an aluminum body by Italy's carrozzeria Touring. Only 26 examples we....[continue reading]

1954 Hudson Italia vehicle information

GT Sport Coupe
Coachwork: Touring
Designer: Frank Spring

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 ....[continue reading]

1954 Hudson Italia vehicle information

GT Sport Coupe
Coachwork: Touring
Designer: Frank Spring

Chassis Num: IT10011

This 1954 Hudson Italia Coupe with coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring is number 11 of the 26 built. It is an 'Italo-American' hybrid that has an Italian body with Hudson mechanical components. Much of the design was done by Hudon's design chief Frank....[continue reading]

1954 Hudson Italia vehicle information

GT Sport Coupe
Coachwork: Touring
Designer: Frank Spring

This automobile is one of only twenty six Hudson Italias ever produced. Designed by Frank Spring with detail touches by Carlo Anderloni, the aluminum bodies were made by Carrozzeria Touring in Milan. This highly detailed model was announced as a pr....[continue reading]

1954 Hudson Italia vehicle information

GT Sport Coupe
Coachwork: Touring
Designer: Frank Spring

Chassis Num: IT 10025

Frank Spring, Hudson's design chief, crafted much of this Italo-American hybrid. The car (chassis IT 10025) has a coupe body built by Touring Milan on a Hudson Jet. Today, 21 of the original 26 cars manufactured still exist. This unrestored coupe was....[continue reading]

1954 Hudson Italia vehicle information

GT Sport Coupe
Coachwork: Touring
Designer: Frank Spring

Chassis Num: IT10003
Engine Num: IT10001

In 1931, Frank Spring left Murphy Coachbuilders to lead Hudson's new styling department. After World War 1, Hudson introduced their 'Step Down' models which featured a low and sleek design. Hudson's all-new postwar model line beat the 'Big Three' to ....[continue reading]

GT Sport Coupe by Touring
 
GT Sport Coupe by Touring
 
GT Sport Coupe by Touring
 
GT Sport Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: IT10011 
GT Sport Coupe by Touring
 
GT Sport Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: IT 10025 
GT Sport Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: IT10003 




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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$1,085-$4,805
1954 Italia
$4,805-$18,050
1954 Hudson Italia Base Price : $4,805

$2,570 - $3,285

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Hudson
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)95,029
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)10,671
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)51,314
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)51,314
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)66,143
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)70,000
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)131,915
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)121,408
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)159,100

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