End of the line: ’57 Hudson Super
The last Hudson rolled off the Kenosha assembly line on June 25, 1957. There were no ceremonies, because at that point there was still hope of continuing the Hudson and Nash names into the 1958 model year. Hudson had merged with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to become American Motors. AMC’s President, George Romney, came to the conclusion that the only way to compete with the Big 3 was to compete with a new smaller-sized car line. Back in 1956, design of the big Hudsons was given over to designer Dick Arbib, which resulted in the “V-Line” styling motif, a combination of “V” motifs that carried Hudson’s triangular corporate logo theme. The public didn’t get it. For 1957, Hudson only sold the Hornet Custom and Super, which featured a lowered profile and slightly updated styling. Today’s featured Hudson is one of those last big Hudsons. They are fairly rare since Hudson only built 1,528 of them. Few survive so when we spotted this mostly original example, we were impressed. It has 58,000 miles, original paint, interior and drive train. We are pretty sure the low miles is attributed to the lack of power steering, brakes and a radio delete. This is a real 50s design with some unusual details. The seller is asking $8,500 and according to Hagerty, that might actually be a good deal. They have #3 cars at $9,500. You won’t see yourself coming and going at any car show for sure. Click here for the Craigslist ad.