Hudson 1948 for sale

1948 Hudson Commodore Six Sedan
Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 482-70000
• Highly original, unrestored and unadulterated example
• Quite similar to Eldon Hostetler’s original 1950 Commodore
• Well-equipped; neat period extras
• Very nicely preserved and presented

262 cid L-head inline six-cylinder engine, Carter two-barrel carburetor, 121 BHP at 4,000 RPM, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 124”

Immediately following the close of World War II, most new American cars were simply prewar models updated with, at most, some additional trim and optional features. It did not matter, as the massive pent-up demand for new cars following the rationing and privation of wartime meant car-hungry America bought literally every car Detroit could produce. Nonetheless, the race was on to be first to market with new “modern” postwar cars. One of these first all-new automobile designs was the 1948 “Step Down” Hudson line. Rooted in the work of Hudson’s famed Design Director Frank Spring with the basic concept conceived as early as 1941, other key members of the design team responsible for this radical reinterpretation of automobile design included Spring’s Chief of Design Art Kibiger, plus Robert F. Andrews and Strother MacMinn. The major innovation of the new Hudson line was its ingenious “step-down” design. Unlike traditional body-on-frame construction which forced passengers to climb up to enter their vehicles, Hudson designers placed the passenger compartment down low inside the chassis, and a sturdy perimeter frame encircled the passenger compartment. As a result, Hudson passengers stepped down easily into the car. The result was exceptional passenger comfort and ride quality, plus enhanced road holding with an exceptionally low center of gravity.

Unveiled to the public in December 1947, the new Hudsons made a big splash with Hudson dealers, the automotive press, and most importantly, the buying public. Even Detroit rival General Motors is reputed to have purchased several new Hudsons to scrutinize and for several years, they were tested and used as a standard of handling and performance at the GM Proving Grounds. Priced from $2,069 for the basic Super 6 Business Coupe to $3,138 for the top-line Commodore 8 Convertible Brougham, the new Hudsons delivered excellent value and up-to-the-minute styling. Buyers snapped up 142,454 of the new “Step Down” Hudsons in 1948 alone and today, they are recognized as true automotive milestones.

Being one who truly appreciated innovative design and enduring quality, Eldon Hostetler owned a gold colored “Step Down” Commodore back in 1950, which he used for sales and service work. Since there were no speed limits on highways yet, Mr. Hostetler had his Commodore set up with high compression for fast driving, often beyond 100 mph. Finished in gold over newer Gold Bedford Cord upholstery, the 1948 Commodore 6 offered here is a very nice and highly original example equipped with a clock, heater, pushbutton radio, standard three-speed transmission, and white sidewall tires. Interesting touches include a traffic-light viewer, a “DO IT WITH DEWEY in ‘48” bumper sticker, a windshield decal from the July 1967 Hudson-Essex-Terraplane National Meet, confirming this car was driven at the Indianapolis Speedway, and an attendance plaque from the July 1972 H.E.T. meet. The radically advanced 1948 Hudson line foreshadowed modern engineering, safety, and comfort features. Today, they remain particularly compelling to collectors and marque enthusiasts for their many innovations and starring role in postwar automotive history. Accordingly, this 1948 Commodore 6 Sedan is a wonderful and highly original example.

1948 Hudson Commodore Six Sedan

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

Details for Hudson 1948 for sale

Make: Hudson
Year: 1948
Price: Auction
USD on_request
Advert ID: 234408
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