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

1952 Hudson Hornet 6 'Twin-H Power' Prototype Pickup Recreation
Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 7B-187701
• Excellent recreation of the factory’s “Step Down” prototype pickup
• Hand-built for prior owner Fritz Widmer of Minnesota
• Featured vehicle, July/August 2015 Vintage Truck magazine
• Detailed, ‘Twin H-Power’ equipped 308 Hornet ‘six’

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, Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 124”

The story of Hudson’s game-changing “Step Down” models that debuted to wide acclaim for 1948 may be widely known but, less well known, a pickup variant was considered but cancelled by late 1947 with just one prototype built. While unsuited to volume production, Hudson dealers had similar pickups hand-built by their body shops for use as sleek and distinctive workhorses that also served as ideal rolling billboards advertising their businesses. Despite the cancellation of its “Step Down” pickup development project, the Hudson Motor Car Company wholeheartedly approved of these eye-catching passenger-car-based vehicles. As featured in the June 1953 edition of the internal Hudson Service Merchandiser newsletter, dealers were encouraged by the company in a half-page article to develop “A Parts and Service Business that Attracts Attention” with the “Step Down” pickup concept, illustrated by images of such vehicles in service with Detroit and Pennsylvania Hudson dealers. As written in the article, “Any place, any time a beautiful pickup like these is seen, it creates an admiration not only for Hudson, but also for the dealer. Both of these dealers will tell you that the money spent to hand-build these attractive pickup and delivery cars has more than paid for itself in promoting customer service. It is a symbol of good business and marks the outward distinction of the dealer who cares.”

While never factory-produced as regularly catalogued models during the heyday of the “Step Down” models, Hudson collectors and enthusiasts have been captivated by visions of a pickup version since the late 1940s. One of these committed collectors was the late Fritz Widmer, a construction-company owner specializing in water-treatment systems from Minnesota, with a very nice car and memorabilia collection, shop facilities, and a mechanic on staff. Using photographs of Hudson’s original ’48 prototype for reference, Widmer and his mechanic removed everything aft of the B-pillar of a 1953 Hudson Hornet four-door Sedan, grafted the rear section of a Chevrolet five-window pickup cab, and installed a hand-made cargo box. An auto-body specialist, who rented shop space from Mr. Widmer, performed the finishing work. Painted Seafoam Green, the same color as his Hudson Hornet Sedan and the Convertible Brougham, the pickup recreation was also fitted with two-tone green check-weave cloth upholstery – not offered for ’52, but factory-available for ’53. Eldon Hostetler purchased this fascinating and incredibly attractive vehicle at an auction conducted on behalf of Mr. Widmer during October 2012, along with his 1952 Hudson Hornet Convertible Brougham. Since acquisition by the Hostetlers, the Hornet Pickup’s engine bay and 308 cubic-inch ‘Twin H-Power’ engine were cleaned and repainted, along with repainting of the undercarriage.

Equipped with a three-speed manual transmission, the Hornet Pickup Prototype Recreation is equipped with a fine array of desirable factory features and accessories, including a steel sun visor, a full-width grille- and bumper-guard assembly, door-handle scratch guards, a clock, heater, radio, tissue dispenser, chrome rain guards, and white side wall tires, with a full spare wheel and tire neatly tucked behind the cab in a “through the cargo floor” mount. Following Mr. Hostetler’s purchase, this unique creation was the featured subject of a full-color article in the July/August edition of Vintage Truck magazine, and it has just returned to Shipshewana from a period of long-term display at the famed Gilmore Car Museum located in Hickory Corners, Michigan. As offered, this captivating vehicle remains excellent overall with few visible signs of use, having been built during the early 2000s with high-quality workmanship, thoughtful planning, and obviously significant financial investment to realize Mr. Widmer’s vision, preserved by the knowledgeable and caring ownership of the Hostetlers.

1952 Hudson Hornet 6 'Twin-H Power' Prototype Pickup Recreation

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

Details for Hudson Hornet 6 \\'Twin-H Power\\' Prototype Pickup Recreation 1952 for sale

Make: Hudson
Type: Hornet 6 \\'Twin-H Power\\' Prototype Pickup Recreation
Year: 1952
Price: Auction
USD on_request
Advert ID: 234414
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