1947 Hudson Pickup
The Hudson Motor Car Company was founded by auto pioneers Howard Coffin, George W. Dunham, and Roy E. Chapin, and largely funded by department-store owner Joseph L. Hudson. In 1910, just one year after it was created, Hudson was the eleventh-largest auto company in America — a country then rife with automakers.
For consignment a rare Hudson Pickup truck. This truck retains its original look on the exterior, with a great patina, wonderful lines, and a solid body and chassis. Interior was redone, with more updated bucket seats, and a center console covered with carpeting to match the floors. A few dents and dings, but nothing that would require much effort to get up to full snuff, but then again, it may be better to leave well enough alone!
Look! It's a car! No! It's a truck… yes, it's a truck. From the front of this truck you truly cannot tell what it is, which is part of the charm of this special classic. Just look at that long, pointed hood, the perfect proportions between the front end and the bed, and those gently tapering fenders that seem to suggest speed, even on a pickup truck. Yes, this one is a work of art. On top of that lovely factory sheet metal (and yes, it's all original-no reproduction stuff for Hudsons) is an older coat of two tone tasteful gunmetal gray. In addition, all the chrome trim remains, and presents nicely, with just a few areas of rust where it mounts to the body steel, and very slight dimpling. The rear bed has been redone, and not sure exactly what material, but it appears in good condition. There are a few oil stained spots possibly from something that was hauled in the bed, as well as some peeling of the dark gray paint coating the bed. Shiny ribbed moon caps are wrapped in wide whites and are seen on all 4 corners of this…truck!
Retaining its original dash which presents well save for a few areas of soiling, it's all original. As for the bucket seats, these are a late model addition in light gray cloth inserts and vinyl bolsters and featuring plenty of manual adjustments. A fabricated center console, which serves as a glorified cupholder sits proudly between the buckets. A nice headliner is tight, with pillar fabric slightly soiled, but mostly unremarkable.
A 212ci Commodore Inline 6-cylinder topped with a 1-barrel carburetor and backed by a 3-speed manual transmission shows a little dust, but it is all there. Currently the truck cranks but will not start or run. Also noted is the trucks electrical system has been converted to 12-volt.
Some surface rust, but overall structurally sound, drum brakes all around, clean exhaust, and all functioning suspension.
This is a great example of an unusual truck which held its own when compared to the big 3 offerings. A tough chassis, strong suspension allowed it to actually out do the big 3's offerings as to cubic foot storage, and cargo weight capacity in comparable class. And all in a moving when still design, looking much like a car from the front…Surprise!!