1940 Hudson Six Traveler Series 40TT
he first Hudson automobile left the factory on July 8th of 1909 and within a year more than 4,000 Hudsons had been sold earning them the biggest first-year business recorded in the automotive industry. The name 'Hudson' was from Joseph L. Hudson, a Detroit department store entrepreneur who provided the necessary capital. The company was formed on February 20th of 1909 by eight Detroit businessmen. The company would continue until 1954 when they merged with Nash-Kelvinator to form American Motors Corporation. The Hudson name continued through the 1957 model year and then discontinued.
For 1940, Hudson introduced a fully independent suspension on their vehicles. The styling was extensively changed with many of those changes occurring to the front of the car. The prior year's headlights were replaced with a circular sealed beam unit and the grille became a two-section arrangement with horizontal bars. The overall design signaled a clear transition to a more modernistic design language that would continue to grow in popularity by the late 1940s. Buyers were given the option of having their cars fitted with or without running boards at no additional cost. The prior year's Hudson 112 series was replaced for 1940 by three Series 40 models, all resting on a 113-inch wheelbase. The list included the 40T Traveler Six, 40P Deluxe Six, and Series 40C Business car.
The 40T and 40P were powered by an L-head six-cylinder engine displacing 175 cubic-inches and offering 92 horsepower. They had a sliding gear three-speed transmission and Bendix hydraulic brakes located at all four corners. Body styles on the 40T included a coupe, victoria coupe, touring sedan, and sedan. Pricing began at a reasonable $670 for the coupe. They had a sliding glass and were easily distinguished by the other models by its lack of front vent panes.
The Series 40 Coupe could be purchased with an optional sliding drawer on rails, fitted to the bottom of the car's trunk, offering large and easily accessible storage space. This was popular for salesman to place their sales samples, merchandise, or luggage. It offered the versatility of a small pickup truck and the added bonus of theft protection.by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2019
Chassis Num: 40-27746
This Hudson Series 40T Traveler Six Utility Coupe was an intact original example when it was located in Ohio. It was complete with the optional sliding cargo drawer. A prior owner named John D. Lebold of Perrysburg, Ohio, had it fully restored with t....[continue reading]