<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474

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Featured in the Motion Picture The Two Jakes
1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible
Chassis no. 49487337
Engine no. 304474

Sold for US$ 55,000 inc. premium
Featured in the Motion Picture The Two Jakes
1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible
Chassis no. 49487337
Engine no. 304474
255ci L-Head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Carter 2-Barrel Carburetor
128bhp at 4,200rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive

*Restored to correct specification
*Featured in the Jack Nicholson movie
The Two Jakes
*Fantastic late 1940s style
*One of only 596 built and a handful surviving
*Extensive recent mechanical service


THE HUDSON COMMODORE

Hudson was among the first of the Detroit automakers to introduce new models after World War II, and they were without question the most dramatically different of all the new designs.

Hudson's innovation for 1948 was the "step-down" chassis with the footwells recessed between the body stiffening members, an early expression of the "unit body" concept which merged the body and frame in a single, welded unit. The rear frame members passed outside the rear wheels: the Hudson's rear wheel skirts were functional, not pointless embellishment. The first "step-down" Hudsons were only five feet high. They were the fastest, best handling cars around, combining Hudson's competent six- and eight-cylinder engines with the low center of gravity and relatively light weight of the "step-down" design.

The "step-down" Hudson's distinctive design and exemplary road-holding were presumably enough to attract Steve McQueen's attention. He appreciated idiosyncratic design and distinctive appearance – "off-beat" might be a more appropriate characterization. The "step-down" Hudson met the "distinctive" criterion easily.

Convertible step-down models, released late in 1948, went into full production for 1949. Topping the 1949 Hudson line was the Commodore Eight Convertible. Only 596 Commodore Eight Convertibles would eventually roll off of the production line.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

One of the few surviving examples of the less than 600 Commodore Eight Convertibles produced, this Hudson has also been immortalized on film.

Acquired in 1985 from New York by Hudson enthusiast W.D. Albright of Fontana, California, the car was restored to correct specification at Albright's Hudson specialists shop Vintage Coach. An advanced and luxurious car when new, many authentic Hudson accessories and features were retained in the restoration. On the outside, bumper guards front and rear, turn signals, script exhaust extensions, fog lights, wide whitewall tires, and script exhaust extensions have all been included. Inside, there is a radio, heater, overdrive transmission, extra ashtray, and power features galore such as an electric top and power windows.

Beautifully finished, the car was chosen to be the ride for Jack Nicholson's character J.J. "Jake" Gittes in the 1990 film The Two Jakes. The sequel to the famed 1974 film Chinatown, Nicholson's private investigator Jake Gittes once again was tasked with solving a convoluted mystery. In this very car, Nicholson's character is prominently seen driving through Southern California as he used his gumshoe instincts to get to the bottom of the case.

Following its Hollywood debut, the Hudson was acquired by a prominent German collector before coming back to the US about a decade later. Purchased by the vendor in June of 2007, it has been carefully stored and very sparingly used since acquisition. In March and April of this year, a thorough mechanical overhaul was conducted with the fuel system being completely rebuilt including a new fuel pump, tank, and lines; the carburetor was rebuilt; fluids, hoses, and belts were replaced; and the brake system was gone through with rebuilt brake wheel cylinders, turned drums, repacked front wheel bearings, and new rear axle seals.

Get on the case, hit the road, solve the mystery, and drive off into the sunset in style in this lovely Hudson.

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<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
<b>1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible  </b><br />Chassis no. 49487337 <br />Engine no. 304474
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