Hudson. It’s a huge bay in northern Canada. It’s a river running down the middle of New York state, and separates the riff-raff in Manhattan from the riff-raff across the river in New Jersey. Who the actual riff-raff is depends on who you ask. Either way, the riff-raff has to pay a toll to either meet up with the other riff-raffery, or to get back home. (Tolls tend to be only charged going in one direction.)
With the astronomical cost of tolls for Hudson River crossings, it serves as the rate limiting step preventing the take over of the world by the both the riff and the raff known to the rest of the world as New Jers-orkers. Yes I just made that up, but you know what I’m talking about. By the way, I grew up in New York and also lived in New Jersey. So I’m riff-raff no matter who you ask. This is why I moved away a long long time ago. You can hide your riff-raffedness and start anew when you gettouttathere.
Of course the bay and the river are named after the famed explorer Henry Hudson. Henry Hudson was an adrenaline-junkie who was paid by the Dutch East India Company to go find a northwest passage to Asia and found New York City. Hey that ain’t too bad. Of course, NYC was much harder to find in those days because there weren’t any buildings…or much of anything else. After all it was around the year 1600 and pretzels weren’t being sold in those pushcarts on the street yet.
But none of that has anything to do with the Hudson Motor Car company, which created this lovely vehicle I’ve set gently down in front of your eyes. A different Hudson was responsible in this case. This Hudson owned a department store in Detroit and was the bankroll behind the operation. I know, you get your hopes up and you think “yeah, Hudson Bay, Hudson River, Hudson car. Got it.” Sadly it just makes for a good introduction for this red over red 1953 Hudson Club Coupe.
You wouldn’t know it today, but at one time the Hudson Automobile Company was one of the largest manufacturers of cars in America. It’s been a while since that was the case, so you may have forgotten, or were not yet born. The seller is offering this coupe at a price of $20,000. It is said to have small body defects (don’t we all?) and paint imperfections, but they are minor. Trim has been polished and with the exception of the bumpers the chrome is reported to be in excellent condition. Body, frame and panels are all said to be solid and in excellent condition. Interior has been professionally restored.
The car has an 262 cubic inch inline-6 with what was called a Twin H-Power option that included twin carbs and intakes giving the car 127 HP and 200 lb-ft of torque. It has been repainted by a previous owner and the seller has included this previous owner/restorers comments. Suffice to say there has been a lot done to this car. Just to give you an idea, the fuel system has been restored, both carbs rebuilt, restored brake system with new components, as has the cooling system.
Look do both me and yourself a favor and just click HERE to take you to the craigslist ad which enumerates in detail all of the work that has been performed in the process of restoring this lovely cruiser.