Hudson 1946 for sale

1946 Hudson Series 54 Commodore Eight Convertible Brougham
Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 34-75360
• Rare as 1 of only an approximate 140 examples produced
• Top-of-the-line Commodore Eight with great presence
• Restored in 1993 by the Appenzeller Brothers
• Very well-preserved and highly equipped including overdrive

254 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, single Carter two-barrel carburetor, 128 BHP at 4,200 RPM, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-floating rear axle with leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 121”

Bravely emerging into the post-WW II era with a small profit earned building airplanes and landing-craft engines, Hudson re-entered the civilian automobile market in 1946 with facelifted prewar models to meet pent-up demand for new cars. Retaining proven L-head inline six- and eight-cylinder engines with the Super Six Hudson’s best seller, passenger-car wheelbase length remained the same as before at 121 inches across the board, but transmission options included Drive Master, Vacumotive Drive, and overdrive. Except for minor detail updates to exteriors and interiors, Hudson design would remain mostly unchanged for 1947, with big news to come with the revolutionary “Step Down” 1948 line. Profits were earned for both 1946 and 1947, with calendar-year total shipments of 93,870 and 103,310 units respectively.

While changes were few for 1946 and 1947, the Convertible Brougham was Hudson’s limited-production image leader, available only on the Series 51 Super Six or Series 54 Commodore Eight chassis. Interestingly, while Hudson Motor Car Company management did not include a convertible in its post-WW II product planning, vocal demand from Hudson dealers in the southern United States encouraged production of the Convertible Brougham late in 1946. A good deal of hand-work at the Hudson factory was required in Convertible Brougham production, with Coupe bodies pulled off the regular production line, tops cut off, and reinforcements to support the now-topless bodies. According to reliable published estimates, Convertible Brougham production was low, with approximately 1,037 built on the Super Six and only an approximate 140 on the top-of-the-line Commodore Eight.

This rare 1946 Hudson Series 54 Commodore Eight Convertible Brougham was purchased by the Hostetlers in 1990 as a sound, well-cared for example from Lyle Lamb of Hepburn, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1993, it was restored by Pat and Jan Appenzeller of Milford, Indiana and, as offered, clearly embodies quality workmanship and proper care and preservation. Striking in presentation throughout, this Convertible Brougham is equipped with optional overdrive, twin fog lamps, clock, heater, and radio, twin spotlights, rear-fender skirts, white sidewall tires, and telescopic front-fender indicators. Rare, handsome, and benefiting from the long-term care of the Hostetler Collection, this 1946 Hudson Series 54 Commodore Eight Convertible Brougham is an ideal early postwar collector car with wonderful style and panache.

1946 Hudson Series 54 Commodore Eight Convertible Brougham

Auction: Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction
Seller: Worldwide Auctioneers
Phone: +1 260.925.6789

Details for Hudson 1946 for sale

Make: Hudson
Year: 1946
Price: Auction
USD on_request
Advert ID: 234405
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