Hudson Super Jet 6 Sedan 1954 for sale




1954 Hudson Super Jet 6 Sedan
Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 2D-277719
• Upscale Super Jet model from the last production year
• Historic as Hudson’s last attempt to diversify its models
• Highly original, unrestored, and nicely preserved
• Long-term part of the Hostetler Collection since 1987

202 cid inline L-head six-cylinder engine, Carter one-barrel carburetor, 104 BHP at 4,000 RPM, Dual-Range Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-floating rear axle with leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 105”


The early 1950s were highly challenging for the Hudson Motor Car Company. Distracted from its core automobile business by aircraft subassembly work during the Korean War, Hudson sales consistently declined despite the stunning success of racing Hornets in NASCAR and AAA competition. Part of the problem was in the shifting buyer demand among new-car buyers for regular model-year styling updates and total body redesigns, which a smaller independent like Hudson simply could not afford. However, sensing a niche for smaller, more economical cars, Hudson introduced the Jet, a smaller model for 1953. Developed at a cost beyond $10 million and by some estimates, as much as $16 million, the Jet debuted to soft demand. Powering the Jet was a 202-cid ‘six’ derived from the Commodore Eight delivering a robust 104 horsepower, capable of propelling the Jet to 100 mph and cruising reliably at freeway speeds for extended periods, with driveline choices including a Dual Range, four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.

Offered for 1953 in basic Jet and upmarket Super Jet trim levels, the new Hudson was respected as a quality automobile in terms of its content and startling performance despite the controversial styling. Interiors were comfortable and pleasantly designed, thoughtful features were numerous, and owners praised them for their economical operation, built-in durability, and sheer reliability. Even Hudson’s famous ‘Twin H-Power’ intake system was optional. First-year sales reached 21,143 Jets in all, followed by 14,224 for the final 1954 year of Detroit Hudson production. While not widely popular when new, Hudson enthusiasts loved their Jets and continue enjoying them for their many virtues today. Built during September 1953, this early-production 1954 Hudson Jet is a very nicely preserved and presented upscale Super Jet Sedan. Never fully restored and highly original, it was purchased in 1987 by the Hostetlers from collector Mike Whited of Michigan. Equipped with a Dual Range Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission and pushbutton radio, this Super Jet also includes a “Continental” spare tire kit and period decals showing pride of ownership. A quality compact that bucked the trend toward downscale smaller cars at competing marques, this 1954 Hudson Super Jet 6 is a nice, highly original, and engaging part of Hudson history.

1954 Hudson Super Jet 6 Sedan

 
Auction: Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction
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Location: UNITED STATES
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Details for Hudson Super Jet 6 Sedan 1954 for sale

Make: Hudson
Type: Super Jet 6 Sedan
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Year: 1954
Price: Auction
USD on_request
Advert ID: 234417
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