The Auburn Auction

Lot 74
1923 Hudson Super-Six Touring
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE


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1923 Hudson Super-Six Touring
Offered from The Roaring Twenties Collection

CHASSIS NO: 109808

• One of Hudson’s most appreciated early cars
• Well-optioned Touring car
• Single, sole owner from 1922 to 1951


289 cid inline six-cylinder engine, 76 HP, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission with single reverse gear, solid front and semi-floating rear axles, semi-elliptic leaf springs, and two-wheel mechanical brakes; wheelbase: 125.5”


At the conclusion of World War I, the U.S. economy slipped into a sluggish, stagnant sales depression. Of all the great manufacturers, Hudson seemed to weather this misfortune in the strongest fashion. In July of 1922, price reductions amounting from $50 to $100 were announced by Roy Chapin, the Hudson Motor Company’s president. The strategy worked, and those who were lucky enough to own stock in Hudson reaped the benefits. Hudson’s Super Six Series Nine, originally introduced in 1916, was equally responsible for the company’s success. The “Super Six” 289 cubic-inch engine, which was known for its mechanical advancements, ran with an uncommon softness not seen in the late 1910s and early 1920s. Hungarian engineer Stephen Fekete, who designed a counterbalanced crankshaft, was responsible for this development. Conservatively rated at 70 horsepower, this engine gained Hudson new records for the transcontinental crossing, the Pikes Peak Hillclimb, and the Daytona Beach Mile.

This 1922 Super Six Touring is a terrific example of the type of car that lead Hudson to advertise itself as the “World’s Largest Builder of Six-Cylinder Cars.” Bought new in 1922, this is said to be the only car that the original owner drove until 1951. Most notable about this Hudson are the distinct, drum shaped headlights, a new feature for that year. This Hudson comes bountifully optioned with dual side-mounted spares, mirrors, and glass windshield wind-wings. Wood spoke wheels, black paint, and a black cloth top dress this Hudson with formality and reserve. The interior is also black, and features a folding jump seat, a brown wooden steering wheel and a blue instrument cluster.

Commonly described as terrific family-friendly touring cars, Hudson’s Super Sixes are well-suited for their purpose. Excellent reliability, a smooth comfortable ride, and the ability to accommodate seven passengers, combine to make this the perfect touring car. After many years of sitting dormant in The Roaring Twenties Museum, this 1922 Hudson Super Six Limousine is ready to be brought back to life and to hit the open road.

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