1950 Hudson Commodore Sedan
When Hudson introduced the Step Down Design it was a breakthrough
for American automobiles. The unibody construction provided a sleek
outline, greater body rigidity, increased interior space and a
lower center of mass than other cars of the era. These cars were
known as stepdowns because the floor of the cabin was welded to the
bottom side of frame rails so to enter the car one stepped over the
frame and down into the car.
For consignment a low slung aerodynamic bullet if you will in the
form of a 1950 Hudson Commodore. Everywhere you look there are all
curved lines and rounded over surfaces for this beautifully
designed car. Adorned with all the proper trimmings, plenty of
stainless moldings on the side, a big exterior metal sun visor and
of course that sleek extruded look from head to toe.
Rounded steel panels are all draped in maroon paint and looking
good with the gap minding and overall condition of the paint. A big
grille leads the way and has a massive bumper below showing some
wear and slight rust starting. A bulbous hood melts seamlessly into
the front fenders which make their way rearward forming dual
aerodynamic shaped doors and corresponding curved windows just
above. A large steel visor shades the windscreen and sports a
chrome trimmed edge. Accentuating the line of this car are some
stainless trimmings on either side. These highlight the curves of
the car, with a finale in back of the rounded trunk and rear of
this vehicle. On back a round split rear glass, two large chrome
bezel taillights in lantern format and a big badge for the mid of
the trunk lid. A bumper below is showing some pitting and slight
dulling. A shout out to the wonderful design, right down to the
door handles which are futuristic and have a shiny panel behind the
actual handle. A bit of paint peeling is on the top, but the
remainder of the car is nicely preserved with regards to the
And now for something completely different, we see door panels that
have a deep inset stitched triangular pattern tan vinyl which
houses the door actuator and window crank as well as the blue vinyl
covered armrest. A deep sill midway into this panel we can see a
stainless pane with a built-in ashtray. The lower part of the door
is a darker green vinyl panel and the window sills are painted
white but show surface rust. Inside seating is showing some striped
broadcloth which is fairly well worn, showing tears, repairs and
some of the padding is showing on the front seat. In back another
bench is noted with less damage, but nonetheless still needs
repairing. Upfront is a very nice survivor dash believed to be
unrestored and look nice. Typical of Hudson's theory on design, the
gauge cluster is located in the center panel, along with the radio,
another ashtray, and a clock both round and black faced with white
numerals and pointers. Nice horizontal ribs add texture to this
dash and this panel is inset into a full metal dash top and bottom
painted in green. An original steering wheel is fronting this dash
and in front of the wheel is merely an oil and temp gauge where the
speedometer would be located normally. A nice tight mohair
headliner is above showing some staining and below the floors are
flooded with black low pile indoor outdoor like carpeting.
Under the hood, within the unrestored engine bay sits a 254.5ci
inline 8-cylinder engine. It is fed by a 1-barrel carburetor, and
there is a 3-speed manual transmission on the back. The rear axle
weighs in at 4.10 for the gear ratio. Plenty of patina, some rust
and dirt abound under this hood, along with a massive air filter
system prior to the carburetor.
Suspension is independent coil springs, and leaf springs and brakes
are drums all around. Heavy black undercoating is peppered with
rust spots and there is some invasive rust within the rear unibody
framing area. We can also note this car leaks some oil from the
engine's bottom end.
This car starts, runs fairly smoothly, and has nice acceleration.
One can shift through the gears easily and braking is sufficient.
It tends to lumber around curves, but it looks great doing it! All
functions were operational during our test drive.
A step down design unibody car with some rust within the vicinity
of the back of the car. Paint is good with just a few spots of
concern, and trimmings are shiny and show some pitting and
beginnings of rust on the chrome plating. Fair to good condition
for this example of the 1950 Commodore and the forward thinking
designers at Hudson.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
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vehicle in person.