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Hudson Super Six (1949)


Hudson Super Six (1949)

Hudson introduced their 'Step Down' range in the late '40s to much acclaim. They featured low-slung, sleek styling and slab sides, but were notable for other advances. They used unitary construction with the body and chassis as one, to provide better torsional control. They also had a powerful six-cylinder engine on the Super Six, which weighed less than the straight eight but still gave the car a low center of gravity so it handled well. The cars were natural to turn into lead sleds because of their fared-in rear wheels and rounded styling. The owner of this car has 'shaved' all the trim off the bodywork, then blended in the front and rear lights plus a sun visor to make the body as smooth as possible. Under the hood lies a fuel-injected small-block Chevy, again fully smoothed, but color-coded in white, like the full leather interior with some original and some modern digital instruments.

Hudson Super Six (1949) Specifications

Top speed:124 mph (198 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):9.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:350 ci (5,735 cc)
Transmission:4-speed auto
Max power:310 bhp (231 kW) @ 5,000 rpm
Max torque:340 lb ft (461 Nm) @ 2,400 rpm
Weight:3,554 lb (1,615 kg)
Economy:14.7 mpg (5.2 km/I)
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