Hershey | Lot 134
1917 Hudson Super Six Seven-Passenger Phaeton
The Richard Roy Estate
$26,400 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
8 October 2015
- Offered from the Richard Roy Estate
- Part of the Roy Collection for over 50 years
- An exceptional tour car
Series J. 29.4 rated hp, 288.6 cu. in. L-head inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf-spring suspension, and rear-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125.5 in.
Richard Roy was supported in his hobby by a circle of friends that he kept small, close, and local; those in this inner circle were the ones who frequently knew of the latest acquisitions and who accompanied Mr. Roy to various northeastern car shows. One of those friends is Jim Carpenter, of Montague, New Jersey, who accompanied Mr. Roy to Hershey many, many times over the last 50 years. It was from Mr. Carpenter that this handsome Hudson Super Six was acquired in October of 1963. Undoubtedly, Mr. Roy was attracted to the car because of the quality of its restoration, which is still evident after the many years that the Hudson has spent in Mr. Roy’s collection.
The car boasts the new-for-1917 features of built-in radiator shutters (running horizontally, as is typical of the model) and a Boyce Motometer radiator cap, and it is fitted with the factory optional features of front and rear bumpers, Rudge-Whitworth wire wheels, and side-mounted spares with proper badged chains. The dashboard is outfitted with correct Stewart gauges, and the odometer records 8,209 miles, presumably the distance traveled since the restoration was completed. The original serial number plate is present on the front seat, while the number stamping on the engine is clean and original.
The car will require sorting before being put on the road, but its rich blue and black paint scheme should respond well to cleaning and polishing, as would the black leather interior, which is in very good condition for its age.
The car is accompanied by two original service manuals for the model, an original owner’s manual (“What You Should Know About Your SUPER SIX”), an older reprint of a lubrication chart for the model, a set of original side curtains in fair condition, and a set of pistons and pins for the model.
Best described as an excellent family touring car in waiting, this Hudson eagerly awaits returning to the road. Super Sixes of this era are notoriously fine road automobiles with excellent reliability, something that a new owner will now be able to experience.