Lot 37

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1952 Hudson Hornet Four-Door Sedan

SOLD $44,000


$80,000 - $120,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

Emblematic of 1950s American Design and Performance
Handsomely Finished in Original Factory Colors
Offered with Original Dealer Paperwork and Manuals
Excellent Trim and Chrome
Well-Maintained and Charming Example
The Quintessential Twin-H Hornet

Technical Specs

308 CID L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Two Downdraft Carburetors
160 HP at 3,800 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox with Overdrive
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled 7B183883. Please also note that the engine block shows evidence of a repair that may require further attention.

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The Hudson Hornet Four-Door Sedan offered here is a sparkling, eye-catching example of one of America’s great performance cars of the 1950s. This stylish sedan features Hudson’s dramatic “step-down” design with its dropped floor pan that positions the passenger compartment inside the car’s frame. The driver and passengers step down when entering the car – an unusual layout for the time, but one many other automotive manufacturers would later adopt. The result of this progressive approach was improved interior comfort along with a lower center of gravity, which made for better ride and handling.

The Hudson Hornet presents a potent combination of performance qualities: a 160 hp, six-cylinder engine – one of the most powerful if not the most powerful on the market at the time – with dual carburetors, tremendous torque, a three-speed overdrive gearbox, road-gripping suspension, and distinctive aerodynamic styling. These impressive features promised a speed potential that was realized on the race track where the Hornet was a dominating force in the early 1950s. The highly respected and extremely competitive Hornet captured the checkered flag in numerous NASCAR races in the day.

Presented in its classic original color scheme of white over black, this is an impressively original Hornet. The car has been repainted where appropriate with the original factory paint preserved wherever possible. The trim accents and gleaming chrome are in excellent condition with Hudson badging in place front and rear, as well as a driver-side spotlight, a popular option of the period. The Hornet is remarkably well preserved, with a clean undercarriage and a wonderfully detailed engine bay.

Inside, the beautifully preserved interior comfortably seats six. Front and rear bench seats are upholstered with original factory material, with the door-panel inserts finished in matching fabric. Color-coordinated carpets and headliner complete the cavernous and well-appointed compartment. The dashboard includes complete instrumentation as well as a factory-installed AM radio, heater, and tissue dispenser.

Originally sold in Bozeman, Montana, this superb Hornet has reaped the benefits of years of thoughtful care and gentle use. Original dealership paperwork and a variety of books and manuals accompany the sale of the car, as well as documents pertaining to the Hornet’s earliest, Bozeman-based owners.

With less than 58,000 miles on the odometer, the consignor states that this Twin-H Hornet is very well sorted mechanically and is ideal for extended touring. As the most revered and sought-after Hudson model, this Hornet Sedan is sure to catch the attention of the individual who prizes originality, period accessories, an authentic presentation, and desires a mid-century American icon for tour and show.