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.”
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.
Hudson cars were one of the early US auto building success stories. Hudson’s history of big, powerful models made the company competitive with its giant Detroit neighbors like Ford and Chrysler.
The luxurious Hudson Commodore was the Detroit’s outfits top-of-the-range model from 1941 to 1952, with the inevitable production break during World War II. The debut line consists of two wheelbases-short for coupes and convertibles, long for the sedan.