Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook

24 July 2010

Lot 230

1934 Hudson Convertible Coupe

To be auctioned on Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sold for $104,500

  • Chassis no. 966027
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108 bhp, 254.47 cu. in. “Powerdome” L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, single-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116"

- Efficient and powerful eight-cylinder engine
- From the first year of streamlined design
- One of fewer than 10 examples remaining
- Well presented with many recent improvements

Few realize that the Hudson marque was named after department store magnate Joseph L. Hudson, one of the eight founders of the Hudson Motor Car Company. While Hudson’s reputation was built on its Six and Super Six models of the 1920s, it moved further up-market with the Eight of 1930.

The Eight was remarkably efficient and powerful, quickly enjoying high demand among various law enforcement agencies and proving quite capable of catching Prohibition-era “bootleggers.” In fact, Hudson’s Eight remained far more powerful than Henry Ford’s V8 throughout the 1930s, and overall, Hudson’s automobiles represented a strong value.

This dashing 1934 Hudson Convertible Coupe also illustrates Hudson’s shift to streamlined design. It was first restored in 1970, beginning with a solid, rust-free original car, and according to the Hudson Register, it is extremely rare as one of fewer than 10 examples remaining today. The prior owner rebuilt the engine, including new Babbitt-type bearings, as well as the clutch.

Recently, the current owner acquired the Hudson and invested some $30,000, with brand-new leather upholstery, new carpeting, a new wood-grain dash, a custom-built black convertible top with red piping, a glass rear window, a new matching top boot, a restored top mechanism and a new set of Coker wide whitewall radial tires. Features include suicide doors, a rumble seat, a flip-out windshield, a factory-fitted spotlight, an intricately hinged array of engine-cooling vents, an Art Deco “bird in the nest” hood mascot and a very rare factory radio, which is complete but requires connection. Incredibly rare and very well presented, this 1934 Hudson Eight Convertible is an outstanding and drivable alternative to the much more common Ford V8s of the era. Best of all, it runs cool in traffic, with more power and performance to boot.

Addendum

Please note that this vehicle is a Deluxe Model LU and therefore even more rare.

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