Rounding out this week of Hudson automobiles is the last of the Step-Down Hornets, and really the last true Hudson.
This one has been a long time coming. In 2009 I found this 1954 Hudson Hornet Special sedan parked in front of a house belonging to the San Francisco classic car collector I like to refer to as "Fifties Guy". Unfortunately at that time the car was parked in his driveway and he expressly requested that I not photograph cars on his property. Fair enough; I respect that. Four years later I was with a friend in the city and we came across the old Hornet parked across town in front of a restaurant. I quickly parked and shot some photos.
Jet compact car for the last two years, a model which was too far ahead of its time and failed badly in the marketplace.
was a Hudson franchise and had been since the 1940s.
This car has been through a lot and bears the kind of patina that's hard to fake. All the parts and trim are there and it's clearly taken care of. The owner usually performs sympathetic work on his cars; they get a repaint if they really need it, mechanical work as necessary to keep them reliable and safe, but otherwise they're preserved as they are and kept factory stock. That's a principal reason why I keep coming back to document his fleet.