For Sale: 1954 Hudson Hornet in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1954 Hudson Hornet Club Coupe

Doc Hudson: "I'll put it simple: if you're going hard enough left, you'll find yourself turning right.". Lightning McQueen: "Oh, right. That makes perfect sense. Turn right to go left. Yes, thank you! Or should I say n thank you, because in Opposite World, maybe that really means thank you.". In the above exchange from the movie Cars, Doc Hudson is explaining to Lightning McQueen the effect that dirt track drivers call drifting. Drifting occurs when the rear wheels of the vehicle lose traction and slide around as the car goes around a curve. With Lightning's experience on paved tracks he has no idea what Doc is talking about.

For consignment, the last year of the purely Hudson hurrah prior to be taken over by Nash Kelvinator. The design was somewhat futuristic with a side view giving a glimpse of moving forward while standing still, had an output of 200hp, and an air of class with its use of chrome and high end features for 1954. This example is showing in very nice condition.

All bulbous design panels with the early "aero look" drape this all steel car. Some design features give us hints of the big 3 manufacturers, but ultimately the car stands on its own as a unique piece manufactured by a 4th company. We shall start upfront where the headlights and grille are reminiscent of the Chevrolets of the day with a single bezeled headlight on either front quarter, a somewhat bulbous hood and open chrome encircled grille below. A single large cloisonne badge in the grille center in red, designates it a Hudson as does the H U D S O N badge the hood front. A view from the side of this car is the centerfold shot as the roofline rear glass and use of italicized spears on the sides, fender skirts, and Cadillac styled rear quarter uppers and tail lights add in a touch of class. All steel is rust free and painted in Pasture Green which has been very nicely applied but not without a few faults and flaws. On the rounded over trunk lid is also plenty of badging with the Twin H power badge and a spaceship styled rocket HORNET badge taking off on the passenger's side. Below is the large chrome edge of the trunk lid along with a wide bumper with a center protective frame for the plate and vertically rounded over bars exaggerating the actual size. On this rear quarters is also an additional trimming which cants rearward is nice and wide with ribs and it starts another spear which runs back to the back wrap around bumper. The car floats on wide white wall tires with shiny badged moon caps in their centers covering the wheels. Right down to the chromed side glass visors and wide rear glass trimmings this car drips of early 50's styling.

I swing open the doors and horizontal ribbed green panels in vinyl are running across the sills, and lowers. In the center is a dark tan rectangular insert panel which has a sexy armrest topped in a band of dark green and the shiny cranks. Moving inside reveals the curvaceous seats which are in smooth green vinyl bolsters and tuck and roll dark tan inserts. These are in an upholstered "tub" if you will, and are like new. An overstuffed rear bench with plenty of room for at least 3, stretches across the back. Up front the dashes is all original and truly unique in its shape and use of materials. A large glass panel oval with a circular bump up in its center houses a semicircular speedo and other gauges and lights with a clock on the driver's right. Sheridan style numerals jump out at you on the speedo's black background. Some ribbed chrome edging persists throughout the dash and a central radio from the factory is installed. More horizontal trim ribbed panels are on the remainder of the dash fronting the passenger and all the remaining dash is in deeply painted green steel. A central heater is mounted below the dash and floats above nice brown loop pile carpeting. Above is a beautifully tight tan headliner. Some kudos to the trunk which has also been carefully restored and has a covering of more of the brown loop pile carpeting.

Under the hood in a fully restored and deep green painted engine bay resides the original 308 ci inline 6 cylinder designated as a Twin H power mill. It has dual single barrel Carter carburetors on top, and aluminum Powerdome head is on the top of this I6. A Hydramatic 4-speed automatic transmission powers a 4.09 rear axle. No rust, supple wiring and hoses, and all shiny and brite under this hood.

Plenty of patina and some light surface rust is underneath but is all unremarkable as to structural stability. Parts of the floor pans and rocker insides have a new rattle can black spraying. This futuristic rocket machine rides on independent coil sprung front suspension, and leaf sprung rear suspension and sports power drum brakes all around.

Just a great example and I was most anxious to climb in as it's not everyday I get to drive a 50's Hornet. Unlike NASCAR I was not able to turn right to go left, however the car afforded nice smooth acceleration, snappy handling and smooth shifting. Bias free braking for the panic stop and the interior was very comfortable. The radio does not belt out any tunes, and the heater and clock are also non functional.

Somewhat rare, and this was the last year for the pure Hudson in the Hornet form. A fine example, good paint and wonderful like new interior. An innovative company which made use of some different materials and designs for their units, it is a rare bird from the early days of NASCAR domination on the dirt and sand of various tracks around the country.

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 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 and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1954 Hudson Hornet
  • Listing ID: CC-1701937
  • Price: $26,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1954
  • Make:Hudson
  • Model:Hornet
  • Exterior Color:Pasture Green
  • Interior Color:Dark Green
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:7964
  • Stock Number:4987
  • VIN:7290519
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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