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Hudson Hornet (1952)

Hudson Hornet (1952)

The introduction of Hudson's Step Down range - which basically meant the chassis was stepped down for the main floor section so the body could be lower - made the cars great handlers because of the lower center of gravity. While other cars would screech and understeer in corners, the Hudsons would offer handling cornering, which would turn into four-wheel drifts if pushed, thus making them far more predictable. They also had unconventional but very smooth styling so became a favorite with those wanting something different from the norm. Hudson stuck with their six-cylinder for the Hornet, enlarging it to 308ci (5 liters) to take on Hie V8 cars in NASCAR, which in 1953 it did, with many wins. This led to the production of the 7-X racing option engine, which featured a hotter cam, heavy duty crank, and revised cylinder head for 210bhp (157kW).

Hudson Hornet (1952) Specifications

Top speed:93 mph (149 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):11.0 sec
Engine type:In-line six
Displacement:308 ci (5,047 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:145 bhp (108 kW) @ 3,800 rpm
Max torque:257 lb ft (348 Nm) @ 1,800 rpm
Weight:3,600 lb (1,636 kg)
Economy:21 mpg (7.43 km/I)
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