1953 Hudson Wasp

Hudson became one of the first of the Detroit automakers to introduce new models after World War II, introducing the 'step-down' chassis design in 1948 with footwells recessed between the body stiffening members. This was an early example of the 'unit body' concept which merged the frame and body in a single, welded unit. The Hudson 'Monobilt' design had the rear frame members pass outside the rear wheels. The rear wheel skirts were functional and not solely an embellishment. Standing no more than five feet in height, the Hudsons were among the best handling cars on the road. The company's lineup of six- and eight-cylinder engines ensured they were the fastest cars available, re-inforcing by a string of victories in NASCAR competition.

1953 was the second year of production for the Hudson Wasp. Instead of being an upgraded version of the Pacemaker, the Wasp became Hudson's mid-size offering. Styling changes included the removal of the twin-strut grille guard and the addition of an air scoop hood, adding to its sporty flare. Power was sourced from the former Pacemaker Six. For customers seeking more, Hudson offered the Super Wasp, which had a larger and more powerful engine. It was a 262 CID inline-six that had 127 horsepower. Body styles included a 2- and 4-door sedan, and a club coupe. A Hollywood Hardtop and Convertible Brougham were also available exclusively on the Super Wasp. Standard equipment on the Super Wasp included large hubcaps, combination fuel and vacuum pump, foam rubber front seat cushions, front fender top ornaments, and Deluxe steering wheel.

The Hudson Wasp was built on the company's shorter 119-inch wheelbase chassis and employed the 'Monobilt' step-down chassis design with unitized construction technique. The Series 5C Wasp Super 6 joined the Hudson model range for 1953, continuing to be offered in all five Wasp body styles as before, and the Series 4C Wasp Deluxe 6 available in three closed body styles. The total 1953 production of the Wasp and Super Wasp totaled 17,792.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2019

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Hudson introduced the Wasp for the 1952 model year. It shared the same 119-inch wheelbase platform as the Hudson Pacemaker, which had been moved slightly down-market for 1952. The Pacemaker was powered by a six-cylinder L-head engine displacing 232 CID and offering 112 horsepower. The Wasp was fitted with a larger 262 CID six offering 127 horsepower. Wasps had center rear bumper guards that protruded....
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Holiday Hardtop

Chassis Num: 5C-221320

This vehicle is a 1953 Hudson Wasp Super 6 Hollywood Hardtop finished in glossy red with a contrasting white hardtop roof. It was built during February of 1953 and is equipped with the 262 CID L-head six-cylinder engine fitted with Twin H-Power intak....[continue reading]

Holiday Hardtop
Chassis #: 5C-221320 

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1953 Wasp
$3,050-$12,680
1953 Hudson Wasp Price Range: $2,265 - $3,050

$2,740 - $3,340

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Hudson
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)95,029
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

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