Lot 166

Motor City 2014

1950 Hudson Commodore Eight Convertible Brougham


$82,500 USD | Sold

United States | Plymouth, Michigan



Chassis No.
  • A rare Commodore Convertible Brougham
  • Equipped with power windows and a power top
  • Recent show-quality restoration

Model 504. 128 bhp, 254.5 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 124 in.

Hudson’s step-down cars for 1948 marked a new direction for the company, as it had a partially unitary design, with the floor pan on the bottom of the frame rather than on the top, resulting in one literally stepping down to enter a Hudson. There was an all-new six-cylinder engine, but the legacy straight eight, which had been continually updated since its introduction in the 1930s, was also carried over. Its low center of gravity made for excellent handling, for which step-downs are still revered.

The new cars bowed on December 7, 1947. “You’re face to face with tomorrow,” said the ads, and “this time it’s Hudson.” Both dealers and the public were elated. The roof was low, but there was still plenty of room inside. Sales jumped nearly 50 percent over 1947, and Hudson rose from 13th to 11th place in the market.

Incremental internal improvements were made to the engines for 1949, and for 1950 the grilles and taillights were updated. Genuine leather was used on convertible interiors, and an electro-hydraulic power top and windows were standard.

This stunning automobile is finished in show-quality Cornish Cream and is drenched in flawless chrome and stainless trim. The interior is of lavish maroon leather upholstery, with correct waffle-pattern door insets, and it is complemented by a tan stay-fast power convertible top. The floor is of a matching red carpet. The car is equipped with the famous 254-cubic inch, 128-horsepower straight-eight engine and a column-shift manual transmission. Several desirable options adorn this magnificent classic, including a radio and clock, power windows, front and rear bumper guards, fender skirts, and full wheel covers. An expensive frame-off restoration was performed on this very exceptional automobile, and the detail is outstanding.

The Commodore Eight Convertible Brougham was the most expensive 1950 Hudson, as it was listed at $2,893, about the price of a Series 61 Cadillac. Hudson experts estimate production at 425 cars, making this not only the most desirable but also the most rare of Hudson products that year. Step-down Hudsons became iconic in 1950s NASCAR racing for their excellent handling and powerful engines. This car represents an opportunity to acquire an example of the very best.