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Hudson Hornet

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A car produced by Hudson from 1951-1957.

The Hudson Hornet dominated three years (1951-1953) of NASCAR Grand National racing (the series that would eventually become Sprint Cup), a series of accomplishments that was depicted by the Doc Hudson character in the animated movie Cars.  Driving Hudson Hornets, Herb Thomas won two Grand National championships in 1951 and 1953, while Tim Flock won the Grand National championship in 1952.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Hudson Hornet page on 10 December 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Hudson Hornet is an automobile which was produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, between 1951 and 1954 and then by American Motors Corporation (AMC) in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and marketed under the Hudson brand between 1955 and 1957.

The first-generation Hudson Hornets featured a functional "step-down" design with dropped floorpan and a chassis with a lower center of gravity than contemporary vehicles that helped the car handle well – a bonus for racing. The Hornet's lower and sleeker look was accentuated by streamlined styling, sometimes called "ponton" styling. The car's "unique, low slung appearance and silky handling earned Hudson an image that – for many buyers – eclipsed luxury marques like Cadillac."

The second-generation Hudson Hornets was a restyled Nash that was badge engineered as a Hudson.

First generation

The Hornet, introduced for the 1951 model year, was based on Hudson's "step-down" design that was first seen in the 1948 model year on the Commodore. The design merged body and chassis frame into a single structure, with the floor pan recessed between the car's chassis rails instead of sitting on top of them. Thus one "stepped down" into a Hudson. The step-down chassis's "lower center of gravity...was both functional and stylish. The car not only handled well, but treated its six passengers to a sumptuous ride. The low-slung look also had a sleekness about it that was accentuated by the nearly enclosed rear wheels."

Second generation

In its final three model years, the Hornet became a product of the newly formed American Motors Corporation (AMC). Following the 1954 merger of the Hudson Motor Car Company and Nash-Kelvinator, Hudson's Detroit manufacturing facility was closed and production of Hudson models was shifted to Nash's Wisconsin factory. No longer built on the "Step-down" platform, all Hudsons were now based on the senior Nash models, but featuring distinctive Hudson styling themes.

Legacy

The 1951 Hudson Hornet was selected as the "Car of the Year" in a book profiling seventy-five years of noteworthy automobiles by automotive journalist Henry Bolles Lent.

For the 1970 model year, American Motors resurrected the Hornet name for their new compact that replaced the Rambler American.

In 2006, a small, front-wheel-drive concept car called Hornet was designed and developed by Dodge.


Photographs

Hudson Hornet Subject:  "Doc Hudson" Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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Hudson Hornet Subject:  "Doc Hudson" Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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Hudson Hornet Subject:  "Doc Hudson" Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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Hudson Hornet Subject:  "Doc Hudson" Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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Hudson Hornet Subject:  "Doc Hudson" Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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Hudson Hornet Subject:  "Doc Hudson" Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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Hudson Hornet Subject:  "Doc Hudson" Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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Hudson Hornet Subject:  Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Remember Our Heroes Car Show
View photo of Hudson Hornet - 3.8MB
Hudson Hornet Subject:  Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Remember Our Heroes Car Show
View photo of Hudson Hornet - 2.5MB
1951 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1951 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
View photo of a 1951 Hudson Hornet, 4,467KB
1951 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1951 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
View photo of a 1951 Hudson Hornet - 2,854KB
1951 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1951 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1951 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1951 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1951 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1951 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1951 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1951 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1951 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1951 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1951 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1951 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1951 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1951 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1951 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1951 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1951 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1951 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe Subject:  1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
View photo of a 1952 Hudson Hornet - 559KB
1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe Subject:  1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe Subject:  1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe Subject:  1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe Subject:  1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe Subject:  1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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1953 Hudson Hornet Advertisement Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Advertisement
Source:  The Saturday Evening Post, 14 February 1953
View 1953 Hudson Hornet Advertisement - 2.1MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Location/Event:  2012 Classic Plastic
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car - 2.1MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Location/Event:  2012 Classic Plastic
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car - 1.8MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Location/Event:  2012 Classic Plastic
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car - 2.3MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Location/Event:  2012 Classic Plastic
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car - 2.2MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Attack of the Plastic
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car - 3.6MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Attack of the Plastic
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car - 3.6MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car - 2.1MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car - 1.9MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car - 2.3MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Model Car - 2.2MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Stock Car Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Stock Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Stock Car Model Car - 2.2MB
1953 Hudson Hornet Stock Car Model Car Subject:  1953 Hudson Hornet Scale Model Stock Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
Model Build Info:  Mobius kit
View photo of 1953 Hudson Hornet Stock Car Model Car - 2.1MB
CARS in Miniature Hudson Hornet Die Cast Subject:  Hudson Hornet 1:18 scale die cast
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  October 2006 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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1954 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1954 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1954 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1954 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1954 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1954 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1954 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1954 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1954 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1954 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1954 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1954 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1954 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1954 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
View photo of 1954 Hudson Hornet - 2,342KB
1954 Hudson Hornet Subject:  1954 Hudson Hornet
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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Hudson Hornet Advertisement Subject:  Hudson Hornet Advertisement
Source:  The Saturday Evening Post
View Hudson Hornet Advertisement - 23.3MB


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