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1931 Hudson Series T

The Hudson Series T, also known as the Greater Eight, rode on a wheelbase size that measured 119-inches for 1931. They received minor styling changes over the prior year with the grille inserts, headlights, and fenders being one of the more visual and modern changes. The bumpers, hubcaps, running boards, and much of the exterior hardware were restyled for 1931.

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.


by Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2017

1931 Vehicle Profiles

1931 Hudson Series T vehicle information

Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Coachwork: Murray

Chassis Num: 924094

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....[continue reading]

1931 Hudson Series T vehicle information

Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Coachwork: Murray

Chassis Num: 925232

Hudson introduced a straight eight in 1930. It was derived from the companion make Essex Six, and it had a smaller displacement and less power than the old Super Six. With the new Great Eight being 500 pounds lighter, the new model saw a performance ....[continue reading]

1931 Hudson Series T vehicle information

Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Coachwork: Murray

Hudson Motor Company formed in the very early days of automobiles. A group of businessmen headed by Roy D. Chapin, Sr., who had worked with Ransom Olds, named the new car company after its main financial backer, J.L. Hudson, founder of the Hudson dep....[continue reading]

1931 Hudson Series T vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 918936

In 1940, the Hudson Motor Car Company moved into the luxury market by introducing the 'Great Eight' line. A year later, Hudson introduced the 'Greater Eight' line of premium models. The Greater Eight Series T cars featured a 233.7-cu. in. straight-ei....[continue reading]

1931 Hudson Series T vehicle information

Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Coachwork: Murray

Chassis Num: 927280

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 Rockfo....[continue reading]

1931 Hudson Series T vehicle information

Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Coachwork: Murray

The Hudson automobile was not named for any of the founders of the company but for the man who put up the money - Joseph L. Hudson, owner of Hudson department stores and a prosperous Detroit merchant. All four principals worked for Oldsmobile, includ....[continue reading]

1931 Hudson Series T vehicle information

Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster
Coachwork: Murray

Chassis Num: 924469
Engine Num: 45937

Joseph L Hudson provided the financial backing for a group of experienced ex-Olds Motor Works employees to embark on a new automobile manufacturing venture. In return, the new company was called the American Hudson Motor Car Company. It was incorpora....[continue reading]

Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster by Murray
Chassis #: 924094 
Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster by Murray
Chassis #: 925232 
Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster by Murray
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 918936 
Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster by Murray
Chassis #: 927280 
Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster by Murray
 
Boat-Tailed Sport Roadster by Murray
Chassis #: 924469 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1931 Series T
$1,100-$18,000
1931 Hudson Series T Price Range: $900 - $1,100

Other 1931 Hudson Models
$1,145 - $1,450

Model T

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
119.00 in.
8 cyl., 213.80 CID., 80.00hp
$885 - $1,045
119.00 in.
8 cyl., 233.70 CID., 87.00hp
$900 - $1,100
119.00 in.
8 cyl., 254.40 CID., 101.00hp
$995 - $1,195

Industry Production

#1#2#3Hudson
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)25,409
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)7,777
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)17,487
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)36,674
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)71,179
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)

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