1950 Hudson Commodore 8 Convertible

$85,000 - $95,000

RM | Auctions - AUBURN FALL 3 - 5 SEPTEMBER 2020 - Offered on Friday

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  • 128 hp, 254 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine
  • Three-speed ‘Super-Matic’ manual transmission
  • Advanced ‘Monobilt’ semi-unitized body construction
  • Finished in black over maroon leather with matching Stayfast top
  • Sold new through Vic Herbert Inc. of Denver, Colorado
  • Professionally restored example; previously owned by Hudson collector John Soneff
  • Equipped with AM radio, clock, heater and defroster
  • Power windows and convertible top

Like so many other American automakers, the Hudson Motor Car Company returned to production in the wake of World War II with barely updated prewar models. Fortunately, however, this was to be only a brief stopgap, and Hudson caused a sensation when it unveiled an all-new lineup for 1948.

Constructed using the marque’s “Monobilt” semi-unitized chassis system, these so-called “step-down” Hudsons featured low, sleek, almost custom-car styling; the design also afforded safety and handling advantages. In the guise of the Hornet, introduced in 1951, these revolutionary Hudsons would soon establish an enduring reputation for competition success—and as today’s luxury automakers know well, the qualities that lead to a credible performance car also tend to make for a well-engineered luxury vehicle.

This car, a 1950 Commodore 8 Convertible, is an excellent example of Hudson’s genteel side. Finished in black over a red maroon leather interior with a matching Stayfast power convertible top, this Commodore 8 is equipped with power windows, an AM radio, clock, and heater and defroster. Power is supplied by a 128 horsepower, 254 cubic inch inline-eight paired with a three-speed ‘Super-Matic’ manual transmission.

Sold new through Vic Herbert Inc. of Denver, Colorado, this professionally restored example was formerly owned by Hudson collector John Soneff. Currently fitted with BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whitewall tires, this Commodore 8 would make an appealing, enjoyable addition to any collection of notable American cars.

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