Arizona | Lot 252
1946 Hudson Series 58 Carrier Six ¾-Ton Pickup
$36,400 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
17 January 2020
- Believed to have had just four owners from new
- Arizona car until 2010; collector-owned in California since
- Very rare and authentically restored example of Hudson’s forgotten pickup
It is worth noting that even many Hudson enthusiasts forget that the company once produced a pickup truck, or that it was even one of the first post-war trucks to be based upon passenger-car engineering and to offer many of the same comforts to its passengers. Indeed, the motivation for the 1946 model was Hudson’s long-stroke side-valve Super Six engine with a chrome alloy cylinder block, which was mated to a column-shifted three-speed transmission with the company’s famous cork-insert, oil-immersed clutch.
While the cab and front-end sheet metal of the body were similar to Hudson cars, the cargo box was fully custom and incredibly cavernous, with 48 cubic feet of volume and the ability to haul up to a ¾-ton payload. Hudson trucks accounted for about 3 percent of the 95,000 vehicles built by the company in 1946, with only 3,374 sold.
This attractively presented Carrier Six pickup spent its life in the dry, car-friendly climate of Arizona with just three owners until the current owner acquired the Hudson in 2010. It had been restored to a high standard, far beyond what one would expect for the model, and is offered today in attractively presented condition with a Kent tonneau cover over the bed offering weather protection for the contents inside. Its current California-based owner has kept it well maintained over the years in his private collection and has recently gone through the car to make sure all components function as intended for its next owner.