Hudson Pacemaker 6 Club Coupe 1952 for sale

1952 Hudson Pacemaker 6 Club Coupe
Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 4B-175219
• The first classic Hudson purchased by the Hostetlers
• Purchased locally from a retiring postal worker in 1983
• Highly original; cosmetically and mechanically maintained as needed
• Nice example of Hudson’s entry-level “Step Down” line

232 cid L-head inline six-cylinder engine, Carter one-barrel carburetor, 112 BHP at 4,000 rpm, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 119”

“You’re face to face with tomorrow,” as Hudson announced its new “Step-Down” cars for 1948, was no overstatement. In fact, they marked a new direction for the company and totally revolutionized the automotive industry at their landmark debut on December 7, 1947. Both dealers and the public were elated with the sleek, roomy, and comfortable new Hudsons, with sales spiking nearly 50 percent over 1947 levels and propelling Hudson from 13th to 11th place in American sales rankings. While the Commodore 6 and 8 were Hudson’s top offerings through 1950, the Pacemaker 6 debuted for 1950 as the company’s entry level offering. The timing was certainly good for a lower-priced Hudson model, with the United States and much of the world embroiled in the Korean War by June 1950 and soon to experience painful supply shortages, labor unrest, and financial belt-tightening. Initially offered in standard and Deluxe trim levels and five body styles, the Pacemaker was a single series for 1951 and then in 1952, joined by the upmarket Wasp – with both lines sharing Hudson’s “short” 119-inch wheelbase chassis that year. Powering the Pacemaker was Hudson’s 232-cid inline six-cylinder engine delivering 112 horsepower with outstanding fuel economy for the era. Just three Pacemaker body styles were offered for 1952, including the Sedan and Two-Door Brougham and Club Coupe.

A Hudson owner and enthusiast and a young businessman with a fertile, inventive mind and keen appreciation of fine engineering, Eldon Hostetler owned a Hudson Pacemaker 6 early in his career while on the road with the Buckeye Incubator Company during the 1950s. As written decades later by Mr. Hostetler in his wonderful autobiography, \"I forgot about Hudsons until I was married to Esta M. Yoder, who suggested that I needed a hobby to divert some of my energies. Esta also learned to drive in a Hudson car. So, with both of us being Hudson fans, collecting some of the ones we drove in our youth became interesting.”

Despite its relatively humble market position when new, this 1952 Hudson Pacemaker 6 is very interesting as the cornerstone of the Hostetler Hudson Collection. By the early 1980s, Eldon and Esta Hostetler were on the lookout for classic Hudsons to buy and in 1983, this Pacemaker 6 was their first. Purchased locally at auction from Mr. Mullet, a retiring employee of the Middlebury, Indiana Post Office who was planning a move to Florida, the Pacemaker was sound and complete, but requiring restoration. An image on file shows the Pacemaker at the time of purchase.

As offered, this Pacemaker remains a highly original and well-preserved example with cosmetic upgrades and mechanical maintenance as required. A recent inspection confirms the body shows no evidence of damage or repair, except for the outer lower body sills, which appear to have been rusted and subsequently repaired. Door, hood, and trunk fit is generally good with mostly even gaps and margins. Appearing to have been repainted once in its present dark green and light yellow, with signs of use including some chips, scratches, and shrinkage, the Pacemaker reveals traces of its original dark green finish at various places on the body, door sills, and firewall. The tan and brown cloth interior remains in good condition and partially original, with clean, re-covered seating surfaces. The chassis and engine bay are unrestored and mostly original, while the engine has been recently repainted. While a low-price model, this Pacemaker is quite well-equipped with options including a heater, radio, front and rear bumper guards, and dual windshield wipers. Retaining the original data tag, it rides on original wheels with white sidewall tires. A rare “Step Down” vehicle today, this 1952 Hudson Pacemaker 6 Club Coupe is even more desirable as the very first classic Hudson purchased by Mr. and Mr. Hostetler.

1952 Hudson Pacemaker 6 Club Coupe

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

Details for Hudson Pacemaker 6 Club Coupe 1952 for sale

Make: Hudson
Type: Pacemaker 6 Club Coupe
Year: 1952
Price: Auction
USD on_request
Advert ID: 234413
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