1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible  Chassis no. 7283978

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Exquisite Restoration
1954 HUDSON HORNET CONVERTIBLE BROUGHAM

Sold for US$ 66,000 inc. premium
1954 HUDSON HORNET CONVERTIBLE BROUGHAM

Chassis no. 7283978
Engine no. 7283978

308ci Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin H-Power Carburetors
160bhp at 3,800rpm
Hydramatic Dual-Range Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Expertly restored by marque specialists 21st Century Hudson
*Beautiful Green-Gold over Maroon color combination
*Loaded with period correct accessories and a Twin H-Power induction system
*A classic and iconic piece of open-top Americana

*Originally equipped with power steering and power brakes

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 of the new designs.

Hudson's innovation for 1948 was the "step-down" chassis with the foot wells 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, which was in contrast to the other American automobiles of the era. The Hudson's rear fender skirts were functional, they were not just a stylistic embellishment. The model was marketed as the step-down Hudson, and the cars were only five feet high. They were among the fastest, best handling cars around, combining Hudson's competent 6- and 8-cylinder engines with the low center of gravity and relatively light weight of the step-down design.

Hudson highlighted the 1951 model year with a new Hornet model, which empowered the already dramatic step-down design with a larger engine. At 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 308ci. The most powerful Six on the market, it was soon campaigning on the stock car tracks, rolling up six first-place finishes on the competitive NASCAR circuit. Today the classic Hudson Hornet remains an American icon, so much so that one of the lead characters (Doc Hudson) in Pixar's 2006 blockbuster movie Cars was modeled after this wonderful car.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Built in 1954, this beautiful Hornet Convertible Brougham is one of just 290 completed at Hudson's Detroit plant that year. Although the car's early history remains unknown, the car was found in the hands of longtime Hudson enthusiast Jerry Carter of Chandler, AZ, by the late 2000s.

Between 2013 and 2015, this stylish Convertible was carefully restored by Hudson expert Russell Maas of 21st Century Hudson in Heyworth, Illinois. Stripped down to bare metal, this elegant convertible was repainted in the striking Green-Gold Hudson color, with a reupholstered Maroon leather interior to match, featuring maroon velour carpeting, and a new black convertible top with matching maroon piping protecting the new hides from the elements. The extensive brightwork received similar attention; the stainless pieces were brought to a high polish and the chrome pieces were re-plated.

Exacting work was carried out on the mechanical systems of this rare Hudson as well. The powerful 6-cylinder engine was refurbished, and now delivers great performance thanks to its Twin-H Power intake and dual carburetors. Hudson specialist Gus Souza was tasked with refurbishing the Dual Range Hydramatic transmission, driving the rebuilt rear end. The suspension and braking systems were addressed also, with new brake lines, cylinders, springs and kingpins installed.

All told, this classic Hudson is in wonderful condition throughout. It is fitted with many desirable period accessories including Kelsey Hayes wire wheels, power windows and convertible top, power steering and brakes which were only available in 1954, a driver side spotlight and Hudson's venerable Twin-H Power intake.

With low production numbers, era-defining style, and class-leading performance, the Hudson Hornet Convertible Brougham is a highly desirable automobile from one of America's greatest firms. With beautiful restoration work throughout its 208-inch footprint, this Hornet offers an excellent combination of rarity, quality and performance in one stylish package.
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1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible  Chassis no. 7283978
1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible  Chassis no. 7283978
1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible  Chassis no. 7283978
1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible  Chassis no. 7283978
1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible  Chassis no. 7283978
1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible  Chassis no. 7283978
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