Hudson automobiles remain highly regarded for their advancements in automotive design, particularly the innovative “Step Down” design, introduced on the 1948 Commodore. Unlike traditional body-on-frame construction, which forced passengers to climb up to enter their vehicles, Hudson designers placed the entire passenger compartment down inside the chassis, surrounded by a sturdy perimeter frame. This positioned the car at a lower center of gravity, enabling it to handle exceptionally well. 

Hudson recognized the marketing value of racing, and engineers including Vince Piggins developed a line of “severe usage parts” which transformed the robust Hornet into the definitive stock car of the early 1950s. A lineup of drivers including Dick Rathmann, Tim Flock, Jack McGrath, Frank Mundy and Lou Figaro accumulated 13 racing wins in 1951, 49 in 1952 and 46 in 1953 in “The Fabulous Hudson Hornet”. No other car of the time could match the Hudson’s bulletproof construction, good handling and factory support.

One of only 500 produced in 1951, the two-door convertible has beautiful concave lines that lead to a round rear end that looks complete from behind. The well-known engine is powered by none other than the respected Hudson ‘Twin-H’. This meant that the cylinders were fed by a pair of single-barrel carburetors resting on top of a dual-intake manifold. This increased airflow and offered a fair amount of power for those willing to push the car to its limits. This particular Hudson Hornet convertible proudly presented today underwent an extensive restoration in 2009. The Toro red exterior matches nicely with the clean red interior. This example comes from a prestigious museum collection, and is a readily drivable classic. The transmission is a “three on the tree” and is fitted with period correct driver’s side spotlight. The 1951 Hudson Hornet is an unforgettable racing legend, and a must have for any serious collector of American automobiles.
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Basic Information
  • VIN Number: 39081X
  • Model Year: 1951
  • Make: HUDSON
  • Model: Hornet Convertible
  • Exterior Color: BURGUNDY
  • Interior Color: MAROON
  • Vehicle Type: Convertible
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