Hudson Commodore showed well in Fort Lauderdale


Hudson CommodoreOver on our Facebook Fan Page, David Leeman commented on how few Hudsons he sees photos of from car shows and auctions. It just so happened that there was a stunning example of a Hudson at the Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction I attended last weekend, so I promised to show it off.

This stunning creamy convertible is a 1951 Hudson Commodore 8 Convertible Brougham. The burgundy interior is beyond beautiful. The art deco trim touches around the car are super cool. I was amazed to see power windows on a car of this age.

While not a Hudson Hornet like Doc Hudson in the movie Cars, the bodies are unmistakably related. It is a shame the brand did not survive past 1957, as the brand identity from a design standpoint was incredibly strong. To this day, other manufacturers struggle to design this much continuity and identity into their cars.

This car sold for $78,100 on Saturday.

About Gary Grant

Gary Grant Gary knows cars. He attributes his love of all things automotive to his early life in the 1960s and 1970s. Gary’s father was a road racer in Ontario, Canada and thus, Gary went along for the ride. No, we don’t mean he was literally along for the ride during his father’s races. He just went to them all. We think the smell of hot Castrol R burned into his brain and left quite the impression. Gary spent the majority of his childhood turning wrenches on race karts and traveling to kart tracks all across Canada. He’s also followed in his father’s tire tracks, having built his own autocross cars, and competed professionally. In the 1980s and 1990s, Gary and his wife served as crew for a few teams in the Firehawk series, not to mention competing as a pair in their Swift GTi rally car. While he may not be competing professionally today, Gary is still on the ride. When he isn’t coaching his kids in kart races, he is traveling near and far to cover the world’s leading auto shows, special events and auctions for us here at

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