Hudson Hornet 6 \\'Twin-H Power\\' 1952 for sale

• Driven and owned by NASCAR legend Herb Thomas during ’52 & ‘53 seasons
• Presented in original racing livery; factory ‘Severe Usage’ items throughout
• The last and only known Hudson factory “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” NASCAR racer in existence
• Documented by original Hudson loan note with VIN and Mr. Thomas’ signature
• Honored by the Historic Vehicle Association; displayed at the Capitol in 2014
• Formerly owned by Hudson dealer, expert, and author, Jack C. Miller, Ypsilanti, Michigan
• Highly original interior including dash-mount tach, racing belts, deleted rear seat and more
• Exhibited at Living Legends of Auto Racing and NASCAR Hall of Fame Museums

308 cid inline L-head six-cylinder engine, ‘Twin H-Power’ intake system with two Carter one-barrel carburetors, 170 BHP at 3,800 RPM (regular factory rating), three-speed manual transmission plus overdrive, heavy-duty chassis and underpinnings including independent front suspension with coil springs, leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 124”

From Marshall Teague’s Daytona Beach Race victory in February 1951 – the first race outing for the Hornet, the scrappy Hudsons were the class of the NASCAR field. A true “underdog” story of a brash independent Detroit automaker up against the growing weight of the “Big Three,” in the heat of competition, the full story of the Hudson Hornet racing effort and the legendary exploits of its drivers and team members continues to fill entire volumes and, of course, draws legions of new fans of all ages due to the wildly successful Disney/Pixar “Cars” movie franchise. Led by Teague with his excellent factory connections forged in 1951 and Pure Oil sponsorship (he was a Pure oil dealer in Daytona), the Hornet racing program ushered in a succession of racing “firsts” including the factory “Severe Usage” parts program, quickly making the Hornet the car to beat everywhere one came to race. Teague was also responsible for bringing fellow Daytona man Henry “Smokey” Yunick, proprietor of “The Best Damn Garage in Town” into the Hornet team, whose tuning wizardry would soon keep the Hornet’s seemingly antiquated “flathead” six-banger competitive.

That first 1951 season for the Hornet was thrilling and characterized by momentum. At the second 1951 race at Charlotte, Teague started 4th and finished 3rd; after sitting out the third race of the season, Teague led all 200 laps of the 100-mile race at Gardena, California and then won the 150-mile event in Phoenix. Joined by Dick Rathmann at the May 30th Canfield, Ohio “Poor Man’s 500” NASCAR race, Teague won and seemed unstoppable until a rock penetrated the windshield of his Hornet and caused a head injury at his next race in Columbus. Nonetheless, Teague soldiered on and attracted a succession of the era’s best up-and-coming drivers to the Hudson cause, including Lou Figaro, who won the 100-miler at Gardena, California on June 30, 1951, with Teague winning the next day’s race at Grand Rapids, Michigan, followed home by Rathmann for the first-ever Hudson 1-2 finish. Following a victory drought in July, the 250-mile race at Detroit Fairgrounds saw the landmark debut of Herb Thomas behind the wheel of a Hornet. With Teague eventually facing NASCAR sanction for driving at the 1952 Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico, followed by his switch to AAA events, Thomas would lead the Hudson charge in NASCAR and earn more victories, poles, and championships than any other Hornet driver.

Accompanied by a copy of the original promissory note issued July 29, 1952 by Hudson Motor Car Company to Herb Thomas, bearing Serial No. 185596 matching that of this historic 1952 Hudson Hornet racing car. It is simply irreplaceable as the last surviving example of the original factory-backed NASCAR racers. Produced during July 1952, it replaced Thomas’ prior NASCAR “Fabulous Hudson Hornet,” which he wrecked on Lap 64 (of 250 laps) after having led 41 of them at South Bend, Indiana on July 20, 1952. With this Hornet, Thomas would go on to capture 15 wins during the remainder of ’52 and then in ’53 (in addition to the 10 he had previously earned for Hudson) on his way to the 1953 NASCAR championship.

Thomas purchased a new 1954 Hornet to race and retired this 1952-model car. Following its glorious racing career, this ex-NASCAR Hornet was just another used car, street-driven in the South and, by the 1970s, it was located in Kentucky with another owner who hoped to put it back on the road. Seeking brake parts, he telephoned Jack C. Miller of Ypsilanti, Michigan, one of the last die-hard Hudson dealers and parts suppliers, who related in a May 2014 Hemmings Motor News article written by Daniel Strohl, “I sent him the parts, but he called back, and the seals looked too small, they just fell through the holes in the drum. I told him he had some severe-usage parts on it and the car could have been a race car or police car, which used those parts.” While Mr. Miller said he’d be willing to purchase the Hornet, he did not hear back for about 10 years, when the customer called and said he was wanting to sell the Hornet. As stated by Mr. Miller, “It’d been primed so many times, and most of the stainless was missing. He didn’t have it running, and the parts I sold him were still on the front seat. And there was a hole in the driveshaft hump in the back floor where a driveshaft broke and punched through.” Following his purchase of the Hornet, Mr. Miller stored the car and it remained untouched for another 10 years, when a friend began removing the layers of primer paint from the body and found the car’s old “92” racing number underneath. Since Mr. Miller had obtained some of the original racing-related Hudson paperwork that John Conde (eventual American Motors PR representative) had saved after the Detroit Hudson factory’s closure – including the original promissory note issued by Hudson and signed by Herb Thomas – the Serial Number on the form was matched to that found on the car, confirming it was indeed the “lost” Herb Thomas 1952-53 NASCAR Hornet.

A selective cosmetic restoration was performed on the Hornet, with the car repainted in its correct original racing livery and at first, the racing numbers and graphics were applied in vinyl, more recently re-done in paint by hand. The interior was left essentially “as-is,” looking much as it did during its racing heyday, retaining a dash-mounted tachometer and period aircraft-style seat belts. The deleted rear seat (allowed by NASCAR regulations) and hole in the driveshaft tunnel were also left alone as silent reminders of its NASCAR days and only a simple black panel was placed where the rear seatback once was located. Paint and preservation work was completed by Mr. Miller in time for the Eyes on Design show at Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan in 1998. Mr. Miller also told Hemmings writer Strohl during their interview that “I had a lot of fun with that car,” including the times he drove the “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” in Daytona Beach parades and took the car for display at the Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum, also in Daytona Beach. Mr. Miller was even able to meet Herb Thomas, the Hornet’s original pilot, and other NASCAR greats, prior to Mr. Thomas’ eventual passing in 2000. Mr. Miller sold the venerable Hornet to the current owner in November 2013, who was contacted by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) about the organization’s logical desire to induct the Hornet into the Historic Vehicle Register, including documentation and X-ray imagery of its features for posterity and high-profile to display at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The spiritual inspiration for “Doc Hudson” in the smash movie Cars, this truly historic Herb Thomas 1952 Hudson Hornet 6 NASCAR racer is the only authenticated and documented example of the “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” left in existence.

Auction: Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction
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Details for Hudson Hornet 6 \\'Twin-H Power\\' 1952 for sale

Make: Hudson
Type: Hornet 6 \\'Twin-H Power\\'
Year: 1952
Price: Auction
USD on_request
Advert ID: 234402
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