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Car of the Month- Hudson Hornet

Hello again friends! From the beautiful Vios of Japan, let’s move on to one of classic cars of history, the Hudson Hornet. It is a full-sized automobile produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company between 1951 and 1954 and then by the American Motors Corporation between 1955 to 1957, spanning two generations.

First Generation (1951-1954)

The model was introduced in 1951 and was based on the company’s “step-down” design that was first seen in the 1948 Hudson Commodore. The model has no unibody, which was then replaced with a chassis later known as the perimeter frame. Due to this type of chassis, the model did not only handed well, it also provided it’s six passengers a sumptuous ride. The model was also available as a two-door coupe, foor-door sedan, a convertible and a hardtop coupe. The models were also powered by the company’s high –compression straight-six “H-145”. In 1952, a “twin-H” or twin one barrel carburetor setup was also available at an additional cost. In 1953, minor changes in the model include the front end modified with a new grille and a non-functional air scoop hood ornament. Also, an 8-tube radio was also available with $100. And in 1954, the model underwent an entailed extensive retooling due to the way the stepped-down frame wrapped around the passenger compartment. This retooling includes the front having a simpler grille complemetning the now-functional hood scoop and a new one-piece curved windshield, the sides gaining period-typical fender chrome accents, and the sloped rear end was also squared off. The front to rear fender line was also styled to make the car look longer and taillamps were also redesigned. The interior was also updated with a new modern dash and instrument cluster.

43, 656 models were sold in 1951, 27, 208 in 1953, and 24, 833 in 1954.

Second Generation (1955-1957)

The January 1955 launch of the second-generation model was delayed due to the American Motors, the company of the merged Hudson Motor Company and the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, working out the problem of making two completely different-looking models with identical body shells.

It was a conservatively-styled compared to other cars. It was also the cleanest model with a broad eggcrate grille and distinctive two-toning. Unofortunately, the coupe and the convertible were no longer available. It was also powered by a 308 cu. in. straight-six in 160 o 170 bhp or a Packard-built 320 cu. in. V8 engine with 208 bhp and Packard’s Ultramatic automatic transmission. The model also featured the widest front seats and the rear also had a torque tube system for the driveshaft and coil spring suspension with front springs. It has also a Weather Eye heating system together with an optional air conditioning system.

In 1956, the model’s design was given to Richard Arbib, who also provided the former Hudson Hornet and Wasp the so-called “V-line styling”. He applied the “V” form in every conceivable manner in the interior and the exterir of the car, making the model unique and immediately noticeable. It was still powered by a 308 cu. in. straight-six engine, which gained 5 hp in the same year, while the Packard engine was only available in the first half of 1956, being replaced by AMC’s 250 cu. in. V8 engine with 190 hp.

In 1957, the model featured the V-line with an enourmous egg-crate grille, creases and chrome strips on the sides, five tri-tone schemes for the Custom version, and more ornamentation including fender “finettes” above the rounded rear quarter panels and unusual twin-fin trim atop both fenders. It was also powered by AMC’s 327 cu. in. V8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts.

In the course of the second-generation model, sales began to decrease to 8,152 models in 1956 and 4,108 models in 1957 until production stopped on June 25, 1957, when the Hudson marque was dropped and all AMC models took the “Rambler” name.


The 1951 Hudson Hornet was named “Car of the Year” in a book profiling 75 years of noteworthry models by automotive journalist Henry Bolles Lent. Also, some police departments used the 4-door sedans version of the model as police cars. After the models’ retirement, the model was replaced the AMC Matador and AMC Ambassador. AMC also named their new compact car in 1970 Hornet.

In 2006, a small, front-wheel-drive concept car named Dodge Hornet was designed and developed by Dodge. However, due to the 2009 financial crisis with the Chrysler Chapter 11 reorganization, it was dropped and replaced later by Dodge Dart. The Disney film Cars and several spin-off games also featured a Hudson Hornet named Doc Hudson, a retired Piston Cup Champion. The model was also featured on games such as Driver: San Francicsco, Forza Horizon 4, and Forza Motorsport 4.



  • Wikipedia Contributors. (2019i, December 18). Hudson Hornet. Retrieved from

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