The last true Hudson left the assembly line on this day in 1954 following the May 1, 1954 merger with Nash to form American Motors. The name Hudson would live on for three more production years as rebadged Nashes, the last of those leaving the factory on June 25, 1957.
Hudson was formed on February 20, 1909 by eight Detroit businessmen who received financing from Joseph L. Hudson, a department store entrepreneur. Hudson set a record for most cars sold in an automaker’s first full year of production at 4,508, putting it in 17th place in the industry for sales at the time. A high placement considering the huge number of automakers in business during the era. The rapid sales led to the need for a larger factory, which opened on this same date, October 29, in 1910.
Up until the production 1948, Hudson automobiles had all been built pretty by with body on frame construction. When Hudson introduced their “step-down” body the world was introduced to a car that offered better safety, comfort and control. The step-down Hudson’s floor was surrounded by the vehicle frame, instead of resting on top of it as most cars of the era were built. This design was the precursor to modern unibody constructed automobiles.
Also, it’s my mom’s birthday. Happy birthday, Mom! I’ll see you tonight!