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1915 Hudson Model Six-40

The 1915 Hudson models were distinguished by careful refinements, the most visual was the honey-comb type radiators. Two body styles were available, the Model 6-40 and the Model 6-54. Powering the Six-40 was an inline six-cylinder engine displacing 288.5 cubic inches and offering nearly 30 horsepower. The Model Six-54 was powered by a 421 cubic-inch engine developing 55 horsepower. The six-cylinder engine had become a staple of Hudson production, and while the 1913 Hudson was available with either a four- or six-cylinder powerplant, the 1914 Hudson was exclusively a six-cylinder model. Although the 1914 Hudson six-cylinder engine which replaced the four-cylinder units were larger, their price tag was actually less. Visual changes for 1914 included enclosed hinges and a reshaped radiator.

The 1915 Hudson Model 6-40 rested on a 123-inch platform while the Model Six-54 had a 135-inch wheelbase. Both were available with an array of open and closed body styles - seven for the Model 6-40, and three for Model 6-54.

Additional changes to the Model 6-40 for the 1915 model year included a higher headlamp tie-bar, a new non-folding two-piece windshield with a pivoting upper portion for the open cars, repositioned control pedals with the gas pedal now between the brake and clutch pedals, and a new electric horn. Along with visual changes, mechanical changes included a newly tapered frame resulting in a shorter turning radius, a new tubular driveshaft reducing driveline mass, and the uprated engine now featuring an improved manifold with more efficient pre-heating of the intake air.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2020

1915 Vehicle Profiles

1915 Hudson Model Six-40 vehicle information

Phaeton

Chassis Num: 78344

This particular example is a Model Six-40 Phaeton. It joined the Hostetler Collection in November 2005. Prior to its most recent acquisition, it was owned by Alex McCommas of Tyler, Texas, for whom the car was restored for touring use. ....[continue reading]

1915 Hudson Model Six-40 vehicle information

Phaeton

Engine Num: 7014

Detroit department store magnate Joseph L. Hudson bankrolled the formation of the Hudson car company. The first model was introduced in June of 1909 and was called the Hudson Model 20. It was an open roadster resting on a 100-inch wheelbase, and powe....[continue reading]

1915 Hudson Model Six-40 vehicle information

Roadster Pickup

Chassis Num: 73873

The Hudson Motor Car Company's ascension to popularity was rapid due to its solid and well-engineered construction offered at an affordable price. For 1914, the Detroit-based company switched to an all-six-cylinder lineup, making the performance and ....[continue reading]

Phaeton
Chassis #: 78344 
Phaeton
 
Roadster Pickup
Chassis #: 73873 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1915 Model Six-40
$1,550-$13,800
1915 Hudson Model Six-40 Base Price : $1,550

Super Six

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
123.00 in.
6 cyl., 288.50 CID., 42.00hp
$1,550 - $1,550
125.50 in.
6 cyl., 289.00 CID.
$1,650 - $3,150
125.50 in.
6 cyl., 289.00 CID., 76.00hp
$1,950 - $4,250
125.50 in.
6 cyl., 289.00 CID., 76.00hp
$3,275 - $4,000
127.50 in.
6 cyl., 289.00 CID., 76.00hp
$1,395 - $2,250

Industry Production

#1#2#3Hudson
1920Ford (806,040)Chevrolet (146,243)Dodge (141,000)
1919Ford (820,445)Chevrolet (129,118)Buick (119,310)
1918Ford (435,898)Buick (126,222)Willys Knight (88,753)12,526
1917Ford (622,351)Willys Knight (130,988)Buick (115,267)
1916Ford (734,811)Willys Knight (140,111)Buick (124,834)
1915Ford (501,492)Willys Knight (91,904)Dodge (45,000)
1914Ford (308,162)Overland (48,461)Studebaker (35,374)
1913Ford (168,220)Overland (37,422)Studebaker (31,994)6,404
1912Ford (78,440)Overland (28,572)Buick (19,812)
1911Ford (69,762)Overland (18,745)Maxwell (16,000)
1910Ford (32,053)Buick (30,525)Overland (15,598)7,099

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