Hudson Super Six photo

1941 Hudson Super Six

The world had endured the Great Depression of the 1930s and its rippling effects were still being felt throughout the world as a new global concern displayed its ugly head. American automoible manufacturers ceased civilian production in the early 1940s as their factories were retooled to help support the war effort. Just prior to the U.S.'s complete involvment in World War II, Hudson entered 1941 with a redesinged lineup of automibles which shared little with its 1940 siblings. All of the wheelbase sizes grew by three inches, the length by 5.5-inches, and the height was reduced by two inches due to a redesigned and flatter roofline. The rear taillights were relocated from the fenders to the quarter panels, and the front horizontal grille was similar but now had nine, rather than seven, grille bars. A new Symphonic Styling option became avaialbe, allowing customers to select among wide assortment of interior color combinations that harmonized with the exterior colors.

The increased dimensions provided additional passenger legroom and comfort. The restyling of the Hudson bodies and interiors were made with contributions by Betty Betty Thatcher Oros, America's first female automotive designer.

A range of six- and eight-cylinder engines were offered, including a 175 CID L-head unit that offered 92 horsepower. The L-head six-cylinder engine displaced 212 cubic-inches and with the help of a Carter Duplex Downdraft carburetor, developed just over 100 horsepower at 4,000 RPM. Hudson's inline eight-cylinder engine measured 254.4 cubic-inches and produced 128 horsepower. These engines were backed by a new three-speed synchromesh transmission with helical-cut gears with column controls. Bendix hydraulic brakes on all four corners provided the stopping power.

Hudson models for 1941 included the top-of-the-line Commodore Custom eight in two wheelbase sizes of 121- and 128-inches. The Commodore Six and Commodore Eight both rested on a 121-inch platform but powered by a six- or eight-cylinder engine respectively. The Hudson Traveler and Six Deluxe had the exact mechanical and engine specification, but the Deluxe was fitted with more luxurious and additional accouterments.

The Hudson Super Six rested on a 121-inch wheelbase which it shared with the Commodore Six and Eight. Its 212 CID six-cylinder engine was shared with the Commodore Six. It was a well-equiped vehicle with the same amenities found on the Deluxe Super but with an interior that featured Hockanum Tweed in either gray, green, or tan and the instrument panel and garnish molding was painted in a matching color. Externally, the Hudson Super Six could be identified by its nameplates located on each side of the hood near the base of the windshield. Prices ranged from $880 to $1,390 depending on the body style.

Body styles included a coupe, club coupe, 2- and 4-door touring sedan, convertible sedan, and station wagon. The wood-bodied Station Wagons were available on Hudson's Series 11 Super Six and Series 14 Commodore Eight lines, both sharing the 121-inch wheelbase chassis and featuring wooden bodywork of J.T. Cantrell & Company, Hudson's customary supplier of station wagon bodies.

The J.T. Cantrell & Co. of Huntington Station, New York, was established in 1905 and their bodies were advertised in the era's leading national magazines and mainly sold and used within the northeastern United States. All wooden bodies of this era fetched a premium price, and the Cantrell bodies were no different. During the 1920s, Cantrell renamed its upscale Station Wagon design the 'Suburban' and went on to supply much of the American automotive industry with its upscale wooden bodies.

The Cantrell Company would survive World War II and continued building wood bodies for automobiles through the 1950s.

by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2020

1941 Vehicle Profiles

1941 Hudson Super Six vehicle information

Station Wagon
Coachwork: J.T. Cantrell

The Super Six and the Commodore Six shared the same 121-inch wheelbase and powered by a L-head six-cylinder engine that displaced 212 cubic-inches and offered 102 horsepower. There were six body styles available, including a station wagon, club coupe....[continue reading]

1941 Hudson Super Six vehicle information

Station Wagon
Coachwork: J.T. Cantrell

Chassis Num: 11-49271

The Hudson interiors and bodies were completely restyled for 1941, with the exception of their front fenders. The designs were made with help from Betty Thatcher Oros, America's first female automotive designer. The wheelbase were extended by three i....[continue reading]

Station Wagon by J.T. Cantrell
Station Wagon by J.T. Cantrell
Chassis #: 11-49271 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1941 Super Six
1941 Hudson Super Six Price Range: $881 - $1,383

Other 1941 Hudson Models

Super Six

121.00 in.
6 cyl., 212.00 CID., 102.00hp
$881 - $1,383

Industry Production

1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)95,000
1945Volkswagen (12,852)
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)40,661
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)79,529
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)51,078
1937Chevrolet (815,375)Ford (765,933)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)25,409

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