Auction: 1953 Hudson Hornet – Lee’s Summit, MO

Seller offering a 1953 Hudson Hornet four-door sedan with 04,130 miles showing on odometer at auction with a current bid of $6,800 (5 bids – reserve not met).  The online auction ends November 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM CDT.   This example is equipped with Hudson’s high-compression straight-6 308 cubic inch engine (5.0L) with the optional “twin-H” carburetor.  Seller says the setup produces 170-hp.   Overall conditions appears to be an early restoration that is a great cruiser.  At some point seller believes it was repainted in the original black and  reupholstered.  

Seller notes that there is some rust on the perimeter frame, passenger side pan, and the body.  Some areas of repair include the floor pan on the driver side being replaced.  Seller also notes that most of the lights work (including the hood emblem light) but some parts of the instrument panel do not work including the radio, horn, and fuel gauge.   Since the auto appears to original wiring, we’d expect some of these issues.

A strong competitor in early stock car racing, the Hudson Hornet has a strong following.  The large displacement V6 and low chassis/center of gravity set it apart from other racers.  It’s luxury appointments also made the Hornet a sleek, stylish and comfortable driver.   Split window windshield and awning, large front and rear bench seats, chrome and aluminum gauges – it’s the total package. We like the black and chrome exterior, covered rear wheel wells and white wall tires.

We’ve included some extra pictures of the vehicle’s badging – one of the best features of these 40’s and 50’s cruisers.  It’s worth checking out the auction site to see the interior shots.  When weight was not a concern auto makers didn’t worry about heavy metal gauges and switches.   Notice the “Hudson Weather Control” vents beneath the center dash.  The vehicle looks solid.

This 1953 Hudson Hornet is for sale at auction in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  Check out the full listing at Cates Auction’s website for full details and 100+ pictures.