Hudson Italia 1955 for sale

Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring
1955 Hudson Italia
Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction

Offered Without Reserve

• Just three owners from new and one of only 26 examples produced
• Freshly completed, concours-level restoration by the Appenzeller Brothers
• Retains original engine; unbroken provenance including original sales invoice
• Formerly owned by noted Detroit-area Hudson collector, Charles Regnerus
• Advanced styling, Coachwork by Touring, and reliable Hudson mechanicals

202 cid L-head inline six-cylinder engine, “Twin H-Power” intake system with dual single-barrel carburetors, 114 HP, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 105\"

Having beaten the “Big Three” to market with its new postwar “Step-Down” models on showroom floors and on NASCAR ovals, Hudson fell off its pace with the poorly received compact Jet. In response, Hudson’s Chief Body Engineer Frank Spring suggested a lightweight, streamlined coupé to rekindle Hudson’s appeal. The new car was aimed at Mexico’s Carrera Panamericana race, where Marshall Teague had just finished sixth overall in a Hudson Hornet. Based on the Jet chassis and rendered in general concept by Art Kibiger and a small Hudson design staff, the new car had to be built in a 25-unit minimum run to qualify for the Carrera. Since Hudson was unable to produce such a small quantity cost-effectively, Italy’s Carrozzeria Touring was engaged to do the job. To create the prototype, Touring received a complete Hudson Jet, removed the external bodywork, and created a sleek, streamlined interpretation of the Hudson concept.

Executed in lightweight aluminum, the “Super Jet” bore many novel features including numerous “V” motifs derived from Hudson’s iconic emblem. Functional brake-cooling ducts were built atop the headlamps and at the leading edges of the skirted rear fenders. Triple chrome tubes at the rear contained the taillights. A wraparound windshield neatly blended with steeply sloped side windows and doors extended into the roof for easier entry. Borrani wire wheels added beauty and reflected the “Super Jet’s” intended competition use. Inside, Spring designed anatomically-shaped seats with two-piece backrests and air vents force-fed from a bladder within the seat cushion. Seat belts were specified by Spring, an accomplished pilot. The design retained the Jet’s step-down footwells, but Touring designers lowered them even further to complement the low-roof design. Spring also specified effective flow-through cabin ventilation. Power was provided by the Jet’s 202-cid inline six-cylinder engine with ‘Twin H’ intake, delivering 114 rated horsepower through Hudson’s three-speed manual transmission.

Following “Super Jet” approval, 25 knocked-down Jets were shipped to Touring for bodywork. Redesignated “Italia,” the striking Hudson debuted at the December 1953 Detroit Auto Show but did not enter production until August 1954, months after Hudson’s merger with Nash-Kelvinator and just before closure of Hudson’s Detroit factories. While orphaned as first deliveries were made, the Italia has been revered from new for its creative design and interesting details.

This Italia is Car Number 10 of the series, expertly restored by the Appenzeller Brothers and completed in 2017. It carries unbroken provenance with just three owners from new and documentation is exceptional, including copies of the original Sales Invoice, Installment Sales Contract, and Michigan Certificate of Title, issued to Mr. Fisher on December 30, 1954. Following 44 years of single ownership, Mr. Fisher sold the Italia during July 1998 to noted Wayne, Michigan-based Hudson collector Charles Regnerus, who in turn sold the Italia in 2015 when the total concours-quality restoration was commissioned. In addition to the original paperwork, Hudson Italia #10 includes the original Hudson Owner Service Policy listing the original owner’s name, address, vehicle serial number, key code, and delivery date, plus copies of Michigan title documents issued to the first two owners. Fresh, beautifully presented, and ready to grace the concours lawn, this exceedingly rare 1955 Hudson Italia is a true stylistic landmark and a wonderful example of Italian coach building prowess. Quite likely the finest example available, it will certainly captivate all fortunate enough to experience it in person.

1955 Hudson Italia

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

Details for Hudson Italia 1955 for sale

Make: Hudson
Type: Italia
Year: 1955
Price: Auction
USD on_request
Advert ID: 234418
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