1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan
Chassis no. 183883
308ci L-Head "Twin-H Power" Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Dual Single-Barrel Carter Downdraft Carburetors
160bhp at 3,800rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension and Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*Four owners from new
*Retains all of its original books and manuals
*Well documented history
*Less than 58,000 original miles
Hudson highlighted the 1951 model year with the new Hornet model, empowering the already dramatic Step-down design with a larger engine. The heart of the Hornet was an evolution of the new Super Six engine introduced in the Step-down in 1948, but enlarged to 308 cubic inches. The most powerful six on the market, it was soon campaigning on the stock car tracks, rolling up six first-place finishes on the NASCAR circuit.
The Motorcar Offered
After leaving the Detroit factory, this well optioned Hudson was dispatched to Imperial Motors of Bozeman, Montana where it was sold to its first owner, Leo E. Robbins on September 11, 1952. Robbins was a meticulous owner, keeping everything the dealer delivered with the new car including owner service policy, owner's manual, radio manual, workshop book, accessory folder, clock tag, and Hudson key foball of which is retained with the car today. The prison-made Montana license plate that first graced the Hornet's rear end is also still with the car.
Robbins only kept the car briefly before selling it to fellow Bozemanite Ray Myers on November 4, 1955. Myers took advantage of Montana's vast opens spaces and by 1960 had accumulated 48,000 miles on the car according to a service sticker from that year still affixed to the car. By the late 1960s the car was laid up however, kept in dry storage until it was discovered by master Porsche restorer Victor Miles. When Miles acquired the car on December 20, 2008, it had been sitting for four decades, but had enjoyed the car friendly dryness of Montana's vast, mountainous expanseonly the headliner and carpets were in need of cosmetic attention.
Mechanically refurbishing the car for everyday use, Miles enjoyed the car in sunny Southern California before selling it to the current owner in 2011. Since acquisition, over $5,000 has spent on further mechanical refurbishment. Showing fewer than 58,000 miles, this cosmetically original, recorded history from new, and replete with all of it original books and manuals Hornet is ready to buzz on into only the fifth garage its ever resided.
- Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number 7B183883