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1954 Hudson Hornet Club Coupe

Published in the April 1999 issue.


Early 1950s Hudson Hornets may be best remembered for two popular themes-the company's patented "step-down" styling, introduced in '48 on all model's, and stock car racing victories. Racing was an odd crown because Hudson kept producing its L-head straight Six at a time when the V8 was new and hot and coming on strong. Hudson, in fact, desperately wanted a V8, but with the limited budget of a relatively small independent car company, it had to just keep overbuilding the L-head. For '51, the engine had grown to a 308-cu.-in. lion, propelling the fabulous Hudson Hornet to become the king of the stocks. Incredibly, Marshall Teague, who is synonymous with Hudson stock car racing, won 12 of 13 AAA events in 1952. Overall, Hudson won 27 of the 34 NASCAR Grand National races in 1952, followed by 22 of 37 in 1953, and 17 of 37 in 1954. Meanwhile, the step-down design, created by dropping the floorpan, was both functional and stylish. It created a chassis with a lower center of gravity, which helped the car handle well-a bonus for racing. The design also gave the Hudson a lower and sleeker look that was accented by streamlined styling. In the 1948-to-1954 model years, the car's unique, low slung appearance and silky handling earned Hudson an image that–for many buyers–eclipsed luxury marques like Cadillac's.
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7. RE: 1954 Hudson Hornet Club Coupe
Have a Hudson Hornet 1954 Special, hard top, original great shape, last registered and driven 1985

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I am interested in buying a Hudson Hornet coup or convertable in fairly good shape. Needs to be turn key

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looking for a hudson hornet coupe or convertible

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do you know where i can info of my car hudson hornet super jear 1955 6cil 3.3 lt you can see them on my site can you help me.

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I am a 68 year old (former) Hudson Hornet special coup owner. I owned it in 1957-58.up in Rochester NY. It was ordered New by Mr Fred Sanders with the (optional export kit )and twin H power.It came with a 4.10 rear end ratio and Overdrive. 0 to 60 mph in a shade under 10 seconds. I LOVED that car. If anybody who reads this is interested in what happened to this GREAT old car ,please sene me a E-Mail to

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Do you know where i can buy a 1954 Hudson Hornet? a convertible if available

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