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For Sale: 1949 Hudson Super 6
in Cleveland, Ohio

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Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
26210 Emery Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128-2251
One of 1868 built. Twin-H Power 308 engine and transmission from later Hornet. Solid, usable, fast car with timeless step-down styling.

This very handsome 1949 Hudson Super Six Brougham Convertible is one of perhaps only a handful still in existence. Restored several years ago, it still presents in excellent condition, with brilliant bright red paint, good chrome and trim, and a dashing top-down profile. A close examination of the car will reveal no significant signs of bodywork or rust repair, suggesting that this car has always been neatly kept. The bright fire-engine red paint appears to be a single-stage urethane, giving unmatched durability yet offering a very period-correct shine that still looks great and will continue to do so with a minimum of effort. The chrome and brightwork on this particular convertible was restored with the rest of the car some years ago and remains in very good condition today. Experts will note that this car carries a lot of Commodore trim, leading us to speculate that a Commodore may have been used as a parts vehicle during the restoration.

Inside, this Hudson appears to be a combination of original and restored components, all of which are in very good condition. New leather seat faces were installed, likely at the time of restoration, and remain in excellent condition, but other areas such as the door panels and side panels in the back seat appear original. The door panels themselves need a bit of TLC, but are quite presentable as-is, and offer woodgrained garnish moldings that were a hallmark of the upscale Commodore models. Left and right glove boxes wear bright chrome trim highlighting ‘Hudson’ and ‘Commodore’ respectively, and a symmetrical dash offers a large speedometer on the driver’s side flanked by a clock in front of the passenger. As this car has been converted to a 12-volt electrical system, details like the fuel and temperature gauges are sadly not working, nor are the clock and radio. However, Hudson was one of the pioneers of warning lights, and the original generator warning lamp is fully functional with the new electrical system. Sharp-eyed viewers will note that the steering column was borrowed from a 1953 Hudson and incorporates the shifter for the 4-speed Hydramatic transmission, which was supplied to Hudson by General Motors. Overhead there’s a tan vinyl power top, and thanks to a 12-volt pump, it folds neatly behind the seats with the touch of a switch. The trunk has been finished in black carpets and offers a full-sized spare tire.

Power for this ragtop comes from Hudson’s most potent (and famous) engine: the 308 cubic inch inline-six from the Hornet. It offers all the proper period performance tricks, ranging from the head from a 262 cubic inch six to bump compression to Twin-H power with a pair of freshly rebuilt Carter WA-1 carburetors. It has been neatly detailed in Hudson Gold paint, and much of the work appears recent, with new plugs, wires, and wiring. It fires up quickly thanks to the 12-volt conversion, and has a wonderful exhaust note thanks to a set of long-tube headers and a dual exhaust system with two neat chrome tips in the stock location. Two bright red air cleaners proudly announce ‘Twin-H Power’ and definitely deliver on their promise, as this car’s performance is extremely impressive on the street. Paired with a 4-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission, the installation is seamless, offering factory components throughout for a very authentic driving experience.

Underneath, it’s clean and solid, but not detailed for show. Undercoated floors help control heat and noise, while everything else appears to be in order. Braking is firm, the suspension is typical luxury-car smooth, and it cruises easily at modern highway speeds. Compared to, say, a Buick of the same vintage, it feels downright agile, while offering similar levels of comfort and just as much passenger space inside. Overall, it’s quite an impressive package. It also wears correct 7.60-15 BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whitewall tires that add a flashy look to an already fantastic-looking package.

This lovely Hudson convertible offers a rare opportunity to own an early piece of high-performance history. Ready to drive and enjoy immediately, the small details can be attended to while adding value, and these cars will always be highly-sought collectables. It’s a beautiful car with all the expensive work already done, and a talented hobbyist could remedy things like the gauges to create something truly remarkable. Find out what all the buzz was about and take this Hudson home today.

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Pricing Information
Asking Price
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Vehicle Location

United States
City, State
Cleveland, OH
Vehicle Basics

Trim Level
Convertible Coupe

Odometer Reading



Vehicle Category/Style


Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Exterior
Very Good

Interior Details


Seat Material

Restoration History
Partially Restored

Condition of Interior

Engine Details

Engine Configuration
Inline 6

Engine Size
308 cubic inches

Engine History

Engine Condition

Transmission Details

Transmission Type

Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

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