1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A

Hudson's top-of-the-line model for 1951 was the new Hornet. It was essentially a Commodore with Hornet identification, distinguishable features, and a high performance 308 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine.

Hudson introduced their 'step-down' bodies in 1948, which continued through the 1954 model year. 'Step Down' referred to Hudson's placement of the passenger compartment down inside the perimeter of the frame. As the passengers entered the vehicle, they stepped down into a floor that was surrounded by the perimeter of the car's frame.

Distinguishable features setting the Hudson apart from the Commodore included a chrome- and gold-plated 'Skyliner Styling' hood mascot. Inside were deluxe robe hanger hand grips along with tailored pockets on the back of the front seat. On each front door valance panel were Hornet H-145 medallions. Rocket ship-shaped Badges of Power could be found on the front of the bodyside rub moldings and on the trunk.

Bodystyles included the sedan, club coupe, convertible brougham, and the Hollywood hardtop. During its introductory year, Hudson produced a total of 43,666 examples of the Hornet.

The Hudson Hornet rested on a wheelbase which measured 123.8-inches and was powered by a 308 CID six-cylinder engine offering 145 horsepower.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2019

Related Reading : Hudson Hornet History

The Hudson Motor Car Company came into existence in 1909 and produced vehicles until 1957. It was created by Howard Coffin, George W. Dunham, and Roy E. Chapin. Based in Detroit, Michigan, the company had it most successful year in 1929 when it produced and sold over 300,000 vehicles. From 1942 through 1945, the Hudson Corporation did its patriotic part by manufacturing war materials such as naval....
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1951 Vehicle Profiles

1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A vehicle information

Convertible Brougham

Chassis Num: 7A112278

In 1948 Hudson made a very important design contribution to the automotive community by introducing the 'step down' bodystyle. By 1952 they had claimed 10 of 11 stock car Grand Nationals as the dominate 'Fabulous Hudson Hornet' raced through the mid-....[continue reading]

1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A vehicle information

Club Coupe

Chassis Num: 7A129177

This car is an authentic replica of the first of Marshall Teague's racing Hudson Hornets. The first Hornet had a racing career of three months, ending in Martinsville, Virginia in May 1951. Succeeding 'Teaguemobile' Hornets were NASCAR and AAA stoc....[continue reading]

1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A vehicle information

Convertible Brougham

The Hornet was the new top of the line Hudson in 1951. Power came from a high performance 308 cubic-inch, 145 horsepower inline six-cylinder engine.....[continue reading]

1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A vehicle information

Club Coupe

Not only did the 1950's mark the first decade in NASCAR's illustrious history, the decade also saw NASCAR's pioneers emerge as champions and then as legends. The point contenders were as every bit as special then as the Jeff Gordons and Dale Jarretts....[continue reading]

1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A vehicle information

Convertible Brougham

Chassis Num: 7A71472

Hudson Hornet Twin H-Power Convertible Brougham was treated to a three-year restoration. It is finished in light metallic gold with a beige and green leather interior. It has the Twin H-Power carburetor setup, dual range Hydra-Matic automatic transmi....[continue reading]

1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A vehicle information

Convertible Brougham

Chassis Num: 7A109578

In 1948, Hudson innovative 'step-down' chassis with the foot wells recessed between the widened chassis rails was an early expression of the 'unit body' concept, which merged the body and frame in a single, welded unit. The rear chassis rails passed ....[continue reading]

1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A vehicle information

Convertible Brougham

Chassis Num: 7A122578
Engine Num: 122578

The 'step down' design on the Hudson models allowed for a lower center of gravity and was one of the reasons the Hornet was a successful race car, especially in NASCAR 'stock car' racing. The Twin H-Power system with its higher compression ratio and ....[continue reading]

1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A vehicle information

Convertible Brougham

Chassis Num: 7A-49142

This Hudson Hornet 6 'Twin-H Power' Convertible Brougham is powered by a 308 cubic-inch L-head six-cylinder engine fitted with the Twin H-Power intake system with two Carter one-barrel carburetors and delivering 170 horsepower. There is a Hydra-Matic....[continue reading]

1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A vehicle information

Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 7A-94373

The new 'Step Down' Hudson 'Monobilt' unitized frame/chassis was an early development of the 'unit body' concept. This combined the body and frame into a single, welded unit. In contrast to other American automobiles of the era, the rear chassis rail....[continue reading]

Convertible Brougham
Chassis #: 7A112278 
Club Coupe
Chassis #: 7A129177 
Convertible Brougham
 
Club Coupe
 
Convertible Brougham
Chassis #: 7A71472 
Convertible Brougham
Chassis #: 7A109578 
Convertible Brougham
Chassis #: 7A122578 
Convertible Brougham
Chassis #: 7A-49142 
Custom Convertible
Chassis #: 7A-94373 

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Price Comparison

$800-$2,545
1951 Hornet Series 7A
$3,100-$11,000
1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A Price Range: $2,545 - $3,100

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Hudson
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
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)117,200
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)95,000
1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)95,000

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