Hudson Hornet

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Hudson did its best in ’54 to clean up the aged 1948 body. Smoother flanks and a lower, wider frontal aspect helped, along with a new dash and brighter fabrics and vinyls. And at long last the windshield was one piece. Mechanically it wasn’t bad either. In fact, some say the last Step-Down was the best ever. With the straight six came a Twin-H power option, a hot camshaft, and an alloy head that could crank out 170 bhp; it was promptly dubbed “The Fabulous Hornet.”

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Hudson Super Six

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In 1948, Hudson’s future could not have looked brighter. The feisty independent was one of the first with an all-new postwar design. Under the guidance of Frank Spring, the new Hudson Super Six not only looked stunning, it bristled with innovation. The key was its revolutionary “step-down” design, based on a unitary construction, with the floor pan suspended from the bottom of the chassis frame.

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