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Introduced for 1951, the Hornet is the most famous of Hudson’s landmark Step Down models, which trumped Detroit’s Big Three as one of the first new-car lines to hit the hungry postwar automobile market. Featuring unitized bodies, sleek styling, and outstanding handling and power, the Hornet dominated early NASCAR competition and remains an important link in America’s performance heritage. Just 27,208 Hornets were produced for 1953, the last full year for Hudson as an independent manufacturer. According to marque experts, only an approximate 240 were convertibles, and of those, 51 are estimated to remain today.
Complete with the legendary Twin H-Power intake system, this 1953 Hornet Convertible is an outstanding example that continues to benefit handsomely from a restoration completed in 2009 by noted Step Down Hudson specialist Russ Maas.
Following acquisition by the consignor in late 2013, the Hornet was driven a very enjoyable 40 or so miles to the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, where it was awarded Best in Class. Very well equipped, this Hornet’s features include a steel sun visor, AM radio, Hydra-Matic transmission, and power windows. The leather upholstery was recently conditioned to achieve a luxurious and soft feel. Described recently as running and driving beautifully, this Twin H-Power 1953 Hudson Hornet Convertible stands as an example of one of the most significant American performance cars of the early postwar period.