Founded in 1909, Hudson Motor Car Company merged with Nash-Kelvinator in 1954 to become the American Motor Car Company (AMC). But while Hudson’s life in the auto industry was short, he left behind a number of notable accomplishments.
It was the first automaker to offer dual brakes and a balanced crankshaft , and the first to use an oil pressure warning light and alternator. Hudson’s first car, the Twenty, was also one of the first economy class cars to enter the US market.
But, of course, Hudson is known as the Hornet . A sleek and sleek full-size car with a “buck” design, the Hornet dominated NASCAR in the early 1950s and became a commercial success. Although the first-generation Camaro had only an inline-six at the time, it is considered one of the prototypes of American muscle cars, along with the 1949 Oldsmobile “Rocket” 88.
However, the Camaro isn’t the only great car from the now-defunct brand. While not great, Super Six is an important part of Hudson’s history. First introduced in 1916, it was one of the first American cars to set records at Daytona Beach and Pikes Peak.
The Super Six was discontinued in 1928, returned briefly in 1933, and revived in 1940. In 1941, it became part of the new Commodore line. It also therefore benefited from Hudson’s innovative “buck” chassis, introduced in 1948.
The Super Six you see here is not one of those “money-making” cars. Built in 1947, it rolled off the assembly line before the Commodore received a major third-generation update. But the design is gorgeous from the 1940s and is made even better by the 2023 Schwartz Performance revamp . This wonderful hot rod you see started out as a rusty barrel.
Like most Hudsons of the era, the Super Six was neglected for decades after its owner decided not to race anymore. The coupe is said to have been purchased by a 20-year-old man, but from the photo this Hudson could be more expensive than the SUV. Luckily, when the Super Six left the field, it was still intact and Schwartz Performance essentially blocked the job.
After that, a lot of work was done, turning the Super Six into a unique looking and well-customized vehicle. Get behind the wheel in this ZZ Top video with Billy Gibbons. Keeping the look of the 1947 Super Six, this Hudson feels more like a custom part than a factory spec.
Not only does it ride on a custom-built chassis with state-of-the-art suspension, but it also comes with a custom interior and modern engine. The latter is a 392 cubic inch (6.4 liter) Mopar Performance Crate V8 engine, a major upgrade over the stock six with 102 hp.
There’s no word on the current HEMI’s output power , but Mopar estimates factory output at 485 hp. and claims 475 lb-ft (644 Nm) of torque. With the right upgrades, this engine can do a lot. Still, 485 horsepower is still enough to turn a 1940s Hudson into a full sleeper.
Overall, the title-worthy project was often overlooked or overshadowed by other Detroit-made cars of the time. As a Hudson fan, I’m biased here, but take a close look at this Super Six and tell me you can’t hear George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone” playing loudly in your head.