CLUB OF CAR FANS
This "Hudson-Hornet", released in 1952, got to me already thirty years old - in 1982. And on some details, for example, on a rather complicated cornering switch, there is a marking “1943, Canada”. Unfortunately, the previous owner did not manage to keep the native power unit - and now I drive with a GAZ-53 engine and a “Volgovskaya” gearbox installed with an adapter. By some indications, the engine was initially diesel, and the gearbox was automatic. In general, I like the car, but I would like to know more about the plant that produced it, and the company - what is its fate?
Voronezh region, E. Gabdrakhmanov
Hudson (often referred to as the Hudson) was founded in Detroit in 1909. At its origins were Roy Chapin (Roy D. Chapin) and Howard Keffin (Howard E. Ceffin). However, J. L. Hudson, the industrialist who financed the company, gave his name to the company.
The company produced medium-sized cars with six- and eight-cylinder engines in terms of American parameters and never took first place in the US industry in terms of sales, and after the Second World War fell into a difficult position. The reason for this was the outdated design of the engines and chassis, inexpressive body design. In 1950, 143, 006 Hudson were built (for comparison: in the same year, more than 2 million Chevrolet cars were produced). And just for the period 1909-1954. Hudson built 3.7 million cars.
Hudson Hornet was produced in 1951–1954. By American standards, it was a small car. An inline six-cylinder engine with a working volume of 5047 cm3 developed 146 liters. with. at 3800 rpm The buyer could choose a four-speed manual gearbox (with overdrive) or “automatic”.
In 1954, Hudson joined Nash with the newly formed American Motors Corporation (AMC). The new concern did not save the company. In 1955, only 26, 623 Hudson were released. In the same year appeared "Hornet-V8." But this did not help the brand. The Hudson completely lost their “face” - they differed from the “Neshes” only in the details of the finish. And in 1957, Hudson completely left the car scene. Much later, in 1987, the AMK concern became the property of Chrysler.