1950 Hudson Commodore Sedan
1950 Hudson Commodore Sedan
When Hudson introduced the Step Down Design it was a breakthrough for American automobiles. The unibody construction provided a sleek outline, greater body rigidity, increased interior space and a lower center of mass than other cars of the era. These cars were known as stepdowns because the floor of the cabin was welded to the bottom side of frame rails so to enter the car one stepped over the frame and down into the car.
For consignment a low slung aerodynamic bullet if you will in the form of a 1950 Hudson Commodore. Everywhere you look there are all curved lines and rounded over surfaces for this beautifully designed car. Adorned with all the proper trimmings, plenty of stainless moldings on the side, a big exterior metal sun visor and of course that sleek extruded look from head to toe.
Rounded steel panels are all draped in maroon paint and looking good with the gap minding and overall condition of the paint. A big grille leads the way and has a massive bumper below showing some wear and slight rust starting. A bulbous hood melts seamlessly into the front fenders which make their way rearward forming dual aerodynamic shaped doors and corresponding curved windows just above. A large steel visor shades the windscreen and sports a chrome trimmed edge. Accentuating the line of this car are some stainless trimmings on either side. These highlight the curves of the car, with a finale in back of the rounded trunk and rear of this vehicle. On back a round split rear glass, two large chrome bezel taillights in lantern format and a big badge for the mid of the trunk lid. A bumper below is showing some pitting and slight dulling. A shout out to the wonderful design, right down to the door handles which are futuristic and have a shiny panel behind the actual handle. A bit of paint peeling is on the top, but the remainder of the car is nicely preserved with regards to the paint.
And now for something completely different, we see door panels that have a deep inset stitched triangular pattern tan vinyl which houses the door actuator and window crank as well as the blue vinyl covered armrest. A deep sill midway into this panel we can see a stainless pane with a built-in ashtray. The lower part of the door is a darker green vinyl panel and the window sills are painted white but show surface rust. Inside seating is showing some striped broadcloth which is fairly well worn, showing tears, repairs and some of the padding is showing on the front seat. In back another bench is noted with less damage, but nonetheless still needs repairing. Upfront is a very nice survivor dash believed to be unrestored and look nice. Typical of Hudson's theory on design, the gauge cluster is located in the center panel, along with the radio, another ashtray, and a clock both round and black faced with white numerals and pointers. Nice horizontal ribs add texture to this dash and this panel is inset into a full metal dash top and bottom painted in green. An original steering wheel is fronting this dash and in front of the wheel is merely an oil and temp gauge where the speedometer would be located normally. A nice tight mohair headliner is above showing some staining and below the floors are flooded with black low pile indoor outdoor like carpeting.
Under the hood, within the unrestored engine bay sits a 254.5ci inline 8-cylinder engine. It is fed by a 1-barrel carburetor, and there is a 3-speed manual transmission on the back. The rear axle weighs in at 4.10 for the gear ratio. Plenty of patina, some rust and dirt abound under this hood, along with a massive air filter system prior to the carburetor.
Suspension is independent coil springs, and leaf springs and brakes are drums all around. Heavy black undercoating is peppered with rust spots and there is some invasive rust within the rear unibody framing area. We can also note this car leaks some oil from the engine's bottom end.
This car starts, runs fairly smoothly, and has nice acceleration. One can shift through the gears easily and braking is sufficient. It tends to lumber around curves, but it looks great doing it! All functions were operational during our test drive.
A step down design unibody car with some rust within the vicinity of the back of the car. Paint is good with just a few spots of concern, and trimmings are shiny and show some pitting and beginnings of rust on the chrome plating. Fair to good condition for this example of the 1950 Commodore and the forward thinking designers at Hudson.
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