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Hudson Terraplane (1936)


Hudson Terraplane (1936)

While competing with the likes of the more mainstream Fords and Chevrolets, the Hudson Terraplane offered a number of interesting design features that put it ahead of its rivals and marked the models as rugged and reliable transport. The chassis was incredibly strong, but whereas most cars had their bodies bolted to I lie frame, the Terraplane had its welded at around 30 points to make the whole structure very rigid and thus the ride quality better. Also, the company favored wider tyres than most, then ran them at a lower pressure to further enhance the ride. At the front the beam axle was located by radius arms which improved feel and gave a measure of anti-dive under hard braking. Finishing the car off were the brakes which were hydraulic; in case these failed and the pedal went to the floor, a mechanical set of brakes was activated on the rear only.

Hudson Terraplane (1936) Specifications

Top speed:80 mph (128 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):23.2 sec
Engine type:In-line six
Displacement:212 ci (3,474 cc)
Transmission:3-speed manual
Max power:88 bhp (65 kW) @ 3,800 rpm
Max torque:N/A
Weight:2,740 lb (1,245 kg)
Economy:16 mpg (5.66 km/I)
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