The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 225

1949 Hudson Commodore Eight Custom Convertible Brougham



$47,300 USD | Sold

United States | Grapevine, Texas

20 October 2012

Chassis No.

Model 494. 128 bhp, 254.5 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 124 in.

Hudson wowed the public with its all-new “step-down” 1948 models, which continued nearly unchanged into 1949. The cars featured a box-perimeter frame, with the floor pan attached at the bottom so that passengers actually stepped down to enter. As a result, its center of gravity was low and handling was excellent.

This lovely Hudson Commodore Convertible was restored about eight years ago. Handsomely painted in Matador Maroon, it has a black Haartz cloth top and red leatherette upholstery. The mileage showing is barely 54,000 and is believed correct. It has a power top, power windows, a windshield visor, a Hudson radio and heater, an electric clock, and a Hudson tissue dispenser. Hudson built fewer than 600 Commodore Eight convertible broughams for 1949. This car is a lovely example of that rare model, possessed of Hudson’s excellent handling and the time-honored eight-cylinder engine.

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