1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480

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1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE

Sold for DKK 1,150,000 (US$ 176,902) inc. premium
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE

Chassis no. 7A71472
Engine no. F10480

308 cid L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin H-Power Carter Carburretor Set up
160 bhp at 3,800 rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
IFS with Coil Springs, Semi-elliptic Leaf Springs on Rear
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes


*Legendary "Step-Down" design
*Rare Twin H-Power dealer-installed option
*Quality restoration that presents extremely well
*American automotive icon
*Fabled 160bhp Hudson big six engine



THE HUDSON HORNET

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 widened chassis rails. This was an early expression of the "unit body" concept which merged the body and frame in a single, welded unit. The rear chassis rails passed outside the rear wheels, so as opposed to other American automobiles of the era, the Hudson's rear fender skirts were functional, and not stylistic embellishment. The model was marketed as the "step-down" Hudson, and the cars were only five feet high. They were the fastest, best handling cars around, combining Hudson's competent 6 and 8-cylinder engines with the low centre of gravity and relatively light weight of the "step-down" design.

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 which had been introduced in the step-down model in 1948, but enlarged to 308 cid. 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.

Hudson Hornets were available as a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, a convertible and a hardtop coupe. The models were priced the same as the Commodore Eight, at USD 2,543 to USD 3,099. Available from November 1951, "Twin H-Power" was a Dealer installed option (part number SP 306216) that cost USD 85.60 and consisted of a dual manifold, plus a twin one-barrel carburetor induction system that increased power from 145 to 160 bhp.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

When tested by the legendary Tom McCahill in Mechanix Illustrated, the special "Twin H-Power" setup allowed the Hornet to reach 60 mph in 12.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 107 mph. These were very impressive numbers at the time.

The well-known author Richard M. Langworth has discussed the origins and uses of Twin H-Power in his book Hudson: The Postwar Years, and according to him, it was a response to the four-barrel carburetor then coming into use on competitive V-8s: "Hudson claimed that Twin H-Power was the first instance of dual-carb, dual-manifold induction on an American-made six. The secret of the amazing results which Twin H-Power provides is that it so accurately measures the gasoline, so evenly distributes it to each cylinder, and so thoroughly vaporizes the fuel with air that it provides what the engineers call far better 'breathing' and combustion than had heretofore been obtainable."

To Langworth, it was the ruggedness of the Hudson engine which was the deciding factor in the development of Twin H-Power. The oversize bearings, the extreme rigidity and hardness of the block, as well as the weight and stiffness of the crankshaft were what made it possible to utilize the extra power, and to him there was no doubt that what he called "The Fabulous Hudson Hornet" was the most hairy-chested and impressively performing six the American industry had ever created. It was no coincidence that Pixar elected to have an old NASCAR racer and one of the most poignant characters in the animated movie "Cars" be precisely a Hudson Hornet.

Today, this exciting Hudson presents in superb restored condition. The golden metallic paint brings out the smooth rounded lines of the step-down design to perfection, while the massive chrome trim pieces in the early 1950s idiom accentuate the svelte lines of the body and bring a Flash Gordon space ship to mind. And this Hudson is not all show and no go. The Twin H-power installation ensures that the driver will always be mindful of why these cars were so successful on the racetracks. This is a car in which to enjoy American '50s motoring to the fullest.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Hudson var blandt de første amerikanske bilproducenter, som introducerede nye modeller efter Anden Verdenskrig, og der er ingen tvivl om, at udseendemæssigt var de nye Hudson blandt de mest dramatiske efterkrigsmodeller. Teknisk set var den store Hudson nyhed for 1948, det såkaldte "step-down" chassis, en forløber for det selvbærende karosseri, hvor karosseri og chassisramme smeltede sammen. Resultatet var en vogn der bare var længere, lavere og smartere end alle de andre. Den hurtige Hornet model blev introduceret i 1951 med en forstørret 6-cylinder motor, som var den mest kraftfulde sekser på markedet.

Denne Hornet har såkaldt Twin H-Power, et sjældent forhandlermonteret ekstraudstyr som består af en dobbelt manifold plus dobbeltkarburatorer. Med Twin H-Power steg effekten til 160 hk, og med en 0-100 tid på 12,1 sekunder og en tophastighed på over 170 km/t var der seriøs smæk for skillingen. Med dens runde strømlinjede former og Jens Lyn-agtige kromlister er denne Hudson simpelt hen indbegrebet af en fed og usædvanlig amerikanerbil fra begyndelsen af 1950'erne.


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1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
1951 HUDSON HORNET BROUGHAM CONVERTIBLE  Chassis no. 7A71472 Engine no. F10480
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