Hudson Hornet 6 Custom Convertible 1951 for sale

1951 Hudson Hornet 6 Custom Convertible
Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 7A-94373
• Interesting custom Hornet built for movie work
• Highly customized windshield, doors, rear bodywork
• Purchased by Eldon Hostetler in 1991
• Formerly owned by noted Hudson dealer and afficianado, John Soneff

308 cid inline L-head six-cylinder engine, Carter two-barrel carburetor, 145 BHP at 3,800 RPM, Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, rear leaf spring suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 124”

Hudson was among the earliest of the Detroit automakers to introduce new models after the close of World War II and, without question, the new Hudson “Step Down” lineup was the most innovative and effective of all the new designs. Built with the passenger compartment located entirely inside the wheelbase and the passenger foot wells placed low between the widened chassis rails, the new “Step Down” Hudsons’ “Monobilt” unitized frame/chassis was an early expression of the \"unit body\" concept, which combined the body and frame into a single, welded unit. The rear chassis rails passed outside the rear wheels, in contrast to other American automobiles of the era, and would help Hudsons on early NASCAR tracks ride high on the outside line and ricochet off the corner barriers past the other non-Hudson entries. Standing just five feet high and possessing a low ride height and resultant low center of gravity, the new “Step Down” Hudsons were among the fastest, best-handling cars around, combined with good performance from Hudson's competent six- and eight-cylinder engines and comfortable and roomy interior compartments.

Hudson highlighted the 1951 model year with a new “Step Down” model dubbed the Hornet, with power delivered by a 308 cid inline six-cylinder engine, the company’s largest-displacement power unit for 1951. Developing 145 horsepower, it was the most powerful ‘six’ on the market in America, and Hornets were soon campaigned on the early, wildly popular stock-car racing circuit, where they quickly proved a force to reckon with by taking 13 victories in 1951.

This very interesting 1951 Hudson Hornet was customized into a parade car by a restoration shop in Oklahoma for movie work, according to Eldon Hostetler’s autobiography. In 1991, it was purchased by Mr. Hostetler at auction, when it was offered for sale on behalf of John Soneff, the well-known Hudson dealer from Denver, Colorado. In addition to the cut-down windshield and deeply scooped doors, the rear fenders were radiused and lengthened, with a “Continental” style spare-tire kit mounted at the rear. Other features include Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, a heater, pushbutton radio, and auxiliary gauges to monitor vital functions. A unique and stylish find, this 1951 Hudson Hornet 6 Custom Convertible will spice up your next parade or local car show.

1951 Hudson Hornet 6 Custom Convertible

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

Details for Hudson Hornet 6 Custom Convertible 1951 for sale

Make: Hudson
Type: Hornet 6 Custom Convertible
Year: 1951
Price: Auction
USD on_request
Advert ID: 234410
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