1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A

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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]

Convertible Brougham
Chassis #: 7A112278 
Club Coupe
Chassis #: 7A129177 
Convertible Brougham
 
Club Coupe
 
Convertible Brougham
Chassis #: 7A71472 
Convertible Brougham
Chassis #: 7A109578 
Convertible Brougham
Chassis #: 7A122578 

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 engines and aircraft parts, during the Second World War. After the war, the Company had its share of ups and downs before it merged with Nash Motors in January of 1954, when it became known as American Motors. The Hudson plant closed while the production of Nash vehicles bearing Hudson badges continued. The brand name ceased to exist after 1957.
In 1951 Hudson introduced the Hornet. The Hornet sat atop a modified version of the Super Six chassis and outfitted with a 262 and 308 cubic-inch inline six-cylinder power-plant. It dominated the NASCAR circuit in the early fifties. In 1952, it won 27 NASCAR Grand National races, 22 in 1953, and 17 in 1954.

The car sat low, giving it an excellent center of gravity. Its flowing, curvy lines and enclosed rear wheels gave it aerodynamic features. The car sold well for the company when first introduced but slowly faded into the history books. The Big Three auto manufacturers were able to change the faces of their model line-up every year, the Independent Auto Manufacturer, Hudson was not. So by the time the Hudson was discontinued, it was feeling and looking its age.

A wonderful car with seating for six and featuring an L-head straight six coupled with Twin-H Power carburetors was enough to breathe life into the Hudson Company for only a few years. The company had lasted through two World Wars and the Great Depression but it would ultimately find its demise at the hand of low-cost, mass-produced automotive giants.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006

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