<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>

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Lot 431
c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car

Sold for US$ 90,200 inc. premium
c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car

289ci 6-Cylinder Side Valve Engine
76bh at 2450 rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
2-Wheel Mechanical Brakes

HUDSON

The American Hudson Motor Car Company took its name from Joseph L Hudson, who provided the finances that enabled a group of experienced ex-Olds Motor Works employees to embark on a new automobile manufacturing venture. Incorporated in February 1909, Hudson built its first car in July of that same year and 12 months later had sold 4,000 units, the industry's best first-year sales record to date.

During 1915 Hudson sold a little under 12,900 cars - some 1,000-or-so less than Chevrolet, by way of comparison - yet in 1916 no fewer than 25,772 Hudsons found customers, an increase of 100%. The reason was the introduction in January that year of the 'Super Six', which had been launched on the back of a series of high-speed demonstration runs made on Long Island in December 1915. With 76bhp on tap, the sidevalve-engined Super Six possessed a performance demonstrably superior to that of many six-cylinder rivals costing far more.

One of the truly outstanding American cars of its day, the Hudson Super Six remained in production until 1926 when it was replaced by an 'F-head' (inlet over exhaust) design. The latter lasted until the 1930 season when Hudson jumped aboard the multi-cylinder bandwagon by introducing an inline 'Great Eight', though stylistically the newcomer looked much the same as the outgoing six. Displacing 213.8ci Hudson's only straight-eight engine would remain in production up to 1952. For its debut year of 1930 the Great Eight was offered in two wheelbase lengths - 119" (Model T) and 126" (Model U) - there being a total of 11 different body styles to choose from. Although less powerful than the six it replaced, the Great Eight was a lighter and faster car. 1931 saw minor changes, with little modified mechanically and most of the focus directed at cosmetic differences.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Purchased from 20th Century Fox in 1961 this Hudson racer was most likely built for film use. The general appearance and configuration is typical of a "Junk Formula" racer of the day. Cars built to the "Junk Formula" were two man racers powered by modified passenger car engines fitted to either repurposed standard chassis or scratch built units. This Hudson appears to be on a shortened standard Hudson frame. The engine looks like a stock six-cylinder Hudson unit and its only noticeable speed part is the finely crafted exhaust header. The car rides on a nice set of Rudge Whitworth type racing wheels with lock ring rimas and track tires. A cast aluminum Miller style nose gives the car a great racer look.

Finished in an eye-catching Gilmore Red Lion livery the Hudson is certainly a head turner. It is visible along with the other racers at the beginning of the film Seabiscuit. This Hudson would prove great fun to get back on the road or track and with its simple drivetrain and chassis this should be an easy task.

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<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
<b>c.1920 Hudson Super Six Two-Man Racing Car</b>
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