For Sale: 1951 Hudson Pacemaker in Torrance, California

Vehicle Description

West Coast Classics is proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this completely rust free and an older restoration only as required over the years (for example one repaint) example of a very desirable 1951 Hudson Pacemaker 2 Door Club Coupe in a very striking color combination with it's original striped weave cord upholstery with 'Dura-Fab' trim, its original 232 cu in Flathead 6 cylinder engine matched to a 3 speed column shift transmission with factory Overdrive and with a 'Weather Control' heater (a $64 option), radio amp; antenna (an $84 option), electric clock ($17), fender skirts, twin Hudson spotlights, deluxe wide whitewall tires on deluxe hubcaps ($10) and trim rings ($13), 18" two-spoke steering wheel, dual sun visors, front dome lamp, chrome rocker panel moldings, illuminated grille medallion amp; hood ornament. This car oozes pride of ownership and was part of a renown collection for many years until recently acquired.Hudson in 1951 was now producing a sleek fastback design with the lowest overall height of any American car that year. The cabin floor was placed beneath the top of the frame rails and the entire passenger cabin was lowered in the same manner as when hot rodders "channel" a body! This practice allowed the roof to be dropped without a loss of interior space and this "step down" design lowered the car's center of gravity which enable superior handling and which resulted in a multitude of wins and near dominance in NASCAR races with its high performance L head 6 cylinder engine which was now introduced into a new series named the Hornet and with the Hornet winning 12 of the 41 NASCAR Grand National races in 1951 alone!One of the truly significant new designs of the post war years, the "Step Down" Hudson was remarkably low and sleek. It even looks modern today! The unit body/chassis construction featured a dropped floorpan surrounded by massive chassis girders for a very safe and solid structure. Big instrument dials and armchair comfort seats marked their exceptionally roomy interior. The result of all this was soaring sales and the most remembered Hudson (1951-53) of these post war years and one of the industry's all time greats with the Hornet becoming virtually unbeatable in stock car racing through 1954! It continued to compete with the same success even after the Step Down line came to an end with the Nash based 1955 Hudsons. Amazingly all this racing success was achieved with this 6 cylinder engine, the last performance six before Pontiac's late '60's overhead cam engine. All L Head 6 cylinders from this particular era are highly desirable, with the Hornet's legendary performance prowess in NASCAR maybe giving it an edge in collector appeal over the basically identical Pacemaker, Super Six amp; Wasp models. The car was part of renown car collector Dennis Varni's personal collection and his 'Speed Nymph Garage' is a veritable hot rod museum of classic American and foreign roadsters, muscle cars, street rods, trucks, buses, sedans, coupes, not to mention historic motorcycles. The legendary 'Peterson Automotive Museum' review of his collection is titled "THE FASTEST CAR COLLECTION WE'VE EVER TOURED

Vehicle Details

  • 1951 Hudson Pacemaker
  • Listing ID:CC-1554731
  • Price:$42,500
  • Location:Torrance, California
  • Year:1951
  • Make:Hudson
  • Model:Pacemaker
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Odometer:1845
  • Stock Number:43237
  • VIN:4A43237

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West Coast Classics
1205 Bow Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
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